YO4RE – VIEW DIFFERENTLY: RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS

Born out of the hope of creating a research environment for young activists, Yo4re – Different Views launched with an initial step towards providing research support for youth development proposals.

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The project “Yo4re – Different Views” uses a co-research method – championed by iSEE in Vietnam – as a way to build young activists’ capacity. In joining the project, youths will be equipped with knowledge and tools to conduct applied research, and to prepare for the project design process. This is an opportunity for young researchers to get firsthand experience building a professional and effective social project.

The project is funded by USAID and launched by iSEE with the hope of accompanying and supporting young individuals and teams in implementing their ideas about how to better society. The program is looking to support highly applicable ideas relating to the participants’ own communities, and society beyond.

After one-month of receiving proposals from candidates, the judges of Yo4re – Different Views selected eight suitable and promising proposals for the Presentation round. On October 22, 2018, these eight groups presented on their ideas and plans before a panel including: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Truong Giang, Anthropology lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities;  M.A Nguyen Thi Huong, Deputy Director of iSEE, in charge of Research; and M.A Luong Minh Ngoc, Director of iSEE.

The topics and approaches broached in the proposals were diverse: positive prejudice, gender constraints on the LGBT community, education and vocational training for the disabled, and concerns on living space, water resources, and forests of ethnic minority people.

Four promising proposals were chosen for further development with financial and professional support from iSEE and USAID.

To carry out the research, each team will be accompanied by a researcher throughout the process, from collecting local samples to analyzing data and writing reports. During the research process, all four teams will also have the opportunity to participate in training sessions given by experts on research methods, proposal development, organizing methods and access to groups/communities.

Ms. Pham Quynh Phuong – Yo4re’s trainer is introducing about anthropology approach
Contest participants are discussing with trainer about anthropology approach
Contest participants are discussing with trainer about anthropology approach

The research findings are expected to be announced in March 2019.