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Habinshut_hpJ. Habinshuti - Rwanda

What have you gained from SPRING?

I joined SPRING in 2014 thanks to the DAAD scholarship. The program has been a challenging and unforgettable experience, since it led to my professional growth and shaped my ability to effectively work in any intercultural environment. SPRING lectures, seminars, colloquiums have been a great opportunity for me to learn planning skills and tools and a chance to meet internationally renowned professors, from whom I got much inspiration. One fond memory I have is the intensive practical “planning workshops” which immensely helped me acquire program/project planning and management skills in addition to group facilitation techniques. What is more, I got to explore Germany, “The land of ideas” through cultural visits and excursions organized during the program. Staying in Chile during the second year, was even more enjoyable and exciting. Though with limited knowledge of Spanish language, we had to meet grassroots people and plan with them. My Spanish skills improved that I finally did my research interviews in Spanish by myself.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Following my graduation in July 2016, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Carlo Schmidt Scholarship for young leaders, owing to an endorsement made by the SPRING administration. The award allowed for my internship at UNESCO office in Kinshasa/DR Congo where I presently act the interim of the Program specialist to the Natural Science Sector. My tasks include: supporting the government in elaborating the national policy for scientific research and technological development; following-up activities of the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” program; drafting concept notes, project documents, programming documents etc. Besides UNESCO occupation, I do empower young people on occasions such as the regional boot camp organized by Crystal Horizons Youth Centre (CHYC) on social entrepreneurship, in Johannesburg/SA last December /2016.During the camp, I facilitated sessions on the role of young people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I am developing a project which aims at promoting science for sustainable management of the natural resources and the reduction of risk of disaster in Africa. The project will make use of latest technologies to enhance capacities of local institutions in the North and South Kivu provinces of Congo, in order to make effective plans for disaster risk management.


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D. Adhikari - Nepal

What have you gained from SPRING?

I gained necessary knowledge, skills and greater confidence on analytical and planning tools and techniques and process for participatory planning together.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

After completing the course in 1996/97 in Dortmund and 1997/1998 in SURP, Philippines, I led a team and wrote a District Planning Manual for the National Planning Commission of Nepal and the Ministry of Local Development in 2000-2001. The Manual was developed for the first time in Nepal targeting to district planners, which has been continuously used till now. This was my first and remarkable contribution along with others. I also contributed in drafting Local Self-governance Act and Regulations in 1999 and 2000. Then I worked in a team and designed a project, which was implemented through the local government units in Nepal: Local Environment Governance Project called CEAMP), which was funded by the Canadian Government through the CIDA. I successfully managed the project in the capacity of Deputy Team Leader until July 2006. During this period, I also completed my PhD from the University of Dortmund in 2005. In August 2006, I joined the Research Triangle Institute - International, a US-based research and development agency. In the capacity of Deputy Team Leader, I led and implemented a DfID funded Health Sector Reform Support Programme (HSRSP). During the period, I provided technical and strategic support to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Local Development in a diverse reform areas: decentralization and local health governance, health sector reform, public-private partnership, gender equality and social inclusion, policy reform and the institutional development. I conceptualized and designed the following two important programmes, that are still being implemented in much larger scale to date, among other reforms:
a) Electronic Annual Work Planning and Budgeting software, which has been used by the Ministry of Health since 2009 to date
b) Local Health Governance Strengthening Programme, which was designed in 2010, piloted in 4 districts for 2 years (2010-2012) and now it has been scaled up nationwide since 2013.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

I am still working as full-time employee of RTI- International and currently managing the USAID-funded Health for Life (H4L) project in 28 districts out of 75 in Nepal, in the capacity of Deputy Chief of Party. It is a five-year (2013-2018) technical assistance project and my responsibility include the following: provide support to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Local Development and Federal Affairs (MOFALD), National Planning Commission and other government agencies in strategy and policy development, strengthening governance and evidence-based planning and budgeting. I also manage administrative and financial affairs, provide strategic guidance to the technical team, also monitor implementation and supervise more than 300 staff. 
As a part of passion of eco-friendly living, I have been conducting operational research and promoting vermi-composting at household level. I have designed, tested and trained more than 10,000 household members and farmers in vermi-composting techniques in Nepal. Few private entrepreneurs and farmers are also trained in manufacturing vermi-composting bin and producing locally adapted vermis (worms) respectively.


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S. Holzwarth - Germany

What have you gained from SPRING?

Graduating from SPRING has been a very inspiring and fruitful experience for me - not only by being trained on regional and urban planning in developed and developing contexts - but also by gaining personal skills towards an international orientation. SPRING has definitely helped me to learn to work in international contexts with multi-cultural teams and partners. Beyond the academic value, I have also built strong relationships with fellows students. I spent 9 unforgettable months - in Dortmund and Dar es Salaam each. After a few years - many of us are still in contact (personally and professionally) and I am able to continuously meet some of my former classmates again in different parts of the world. These established friendships will never end - and it is truly an inspiring outcome of SPRING.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I believe that my experience with SPRING has opened the door to my career in international development cooperation. After completing my postgraduate studies in June 2013, I started working as a Young Professional (EZ-Trainee Programme) in the German Organisation for International Development (GIZ) - which qualified me for complex coordination tasks in development cooperation. The programme was set for 17 months - during which I was able to familiarize myself with different aspects of technical cooperation. After an induction period, I supported urban development projects in Cairo (GIZ Egypt) and Cape Town (Slum Dwellers International - CORC) as well as the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) in Bonn, Germany.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

After my experience with GIZ, I took the opportunity to experience multilateral cooperation by joining the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Since 2015, I am working in the Urban Mobility Unit of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, where the organisation is headquartered. Being an enthusiastic urban cyclists in my personal life, the topic of sustainable transport has developed into my thematic passion. I believe that - with the help of SPRING - I bring along the right level of idealism - without losing sight of reality in urban development projects. As part of my assignment, I am involved in advising local and national governments in the implementation of sustainable transport solutions such as Bus Rapid Transit, non-motorised transport or electric mobility in the context of better urban planning. I am convinced that I have found a meaningful task and I thank SPRING for preparing me with the right set of professional and personal skills.


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J. Estrada - Guatemala

What have you gained from SPRING?

Before SPRING, my professional career was concentrated only in architectural design and supervision of construction projects in the rural areas of Guatemala. After completing the SPRING programme in 2008, the range of opportunities increased significantly, in academic and professional aspects. On the one hand attending short courses and international seminars in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America and on the other hand working as a consultant in regional and land use planning with national and international development agencies.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I started working as deputy director of regional and land use planning department of the National Planning Secretariat of Guatemala in 2014 and afterwards I was ascended as the director of the department in 2016. During my career as a regional and urban planner and manager I have participated in technical and political process for the formulation of three regional development plans and in the formulation of the first long term development plan of Guatemala. Last year I contributed in the design of the national strategy for the implementation of the 2030 SDG Agenda, which was approved by the National Council for Urban and Rural Development. I have also brought technical assistance in the formulation of laws for development planning and budgeting, housing and territorial management.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Nowadays, I am responsible for the formulation of the Land Use National Policy and for the monitoring and evaluation of municipality land use plans which includes the design and implementation of technical assistance to the municipalities. Additionally I am leading, with other private and public institutions, the formulation of the National Construction Law which aims to regulate construction and land occupation processes.


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Osei-Appaw - Ghana

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Osei-Appaw - Ghana

What have you gained from SPRING?

As a SPRING student, I did not only become intellectually endowed but learnt a lot of social skills. I learnt how to co-live with different people from different cultural backgrounds and with different temperaments. Outside the classroom I was fascinated by the art all around me. Intellectually, I was exposed to regional planning methods and more not only from the European perspective but also from all the other countries of my mates.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I found myself working with the German International Cooperation after I returned to Ghana. It was my first time working in a multi-cultural environment but my experience at SPRING helped me a lot. I took my fascination in art, which started in Dortmund, and created Dare 2 Dream Ghana, a non-governmental organization back home in Ghana which uses arts education to help develop the intellect of children and the youth. Due to the progress made, I was chosen to be part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders where we underwent a 6-weeks leadership training programme in the United States and met with President Barack Obama in a town hall meeting in Washington DC.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, i am working at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons as a Project Coordinator.


B. Rabab - Sudan

B. Rabab - Sudan

What have you gained from SPRING?

I joined SPRING programme in 2005, It was the first international study I have enrolled in. SPRING programme assisted me to be more strategic and focused. The ZOPP/GOPP methods where the most interesting theme that I have learned from a lot. It has improved my planning skills and help me to build my analytical skills.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

After I finished SPRING, I have worked as a UN staff and with International organizations. I worked as a head of Dire Daw sub office with WFP Ethiopia, and then moved to be the gender advisor for WFP mission in Ethiopia. Then after, I have also worked for CARE international in Yemen, UNIFEM/UNWOMEN in Sudan, UNDP in Tunisia, UNWOMEN Regional Office for Arab States in Cairo, and UNDP Libya.

The SPRING experience improved my analytical skills, I have also invested in building up on this skill.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently I am on the process to resume my Ph.D, preparing myself in term providing the documents needed as well as the financial support.


P. Kuila - Tanzania

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P. Kuila - Tanzania

What have you gained from SPRING?

Most importantly SPRING taught me planning skills in practical aspects that have proven to be very useful in my professional development. The workshops I did in Germany and in Ghana were worth it. The traits my co – workers see in me today, a good facilitator with confidence in his work, have their roots deep down in my experiences at the SPRING programme.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Upon returning back to Tanzania, I worked on several national and international professional projects and consultancies for two years as development consultant. These projects were implemented by TWAWEZA East Africa, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research, CGIAR/IWMI WLE. July 2015 to June 2016, I worked with Longido Community Development Organization (LCDO), a Maasai organization as Programs Officer where I was tasked to coordinate activities of the Belgium Fund for Food Security’s “Maisha Bora” (Better Life) programme in Longido District. “Maisha Bora” is a five year programme implemented by five international partners; Belgium Technical Council (BTC), World Food Programme, Medicines Sans Frontieres, Trias, Iles de Paix and 10 local organizations include LCDO.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Since June 2016, I took up my current position, working as Planning Officer for the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC). KCMC is one of four major referral hospitals in Tanzania. As a Planning Officer, my primary task is to work very closely with the hospital management and making sure that the hospital provides quality services to all patients. Here, I am using my development planning skills to give the hospital a clear future focus. At the moment I am in charge of coordinating the implementation of the KCMC’s Five Year Rolling Strategic Plan 2016 - 2021. This includes providing training to senior management officials of the hospital and other cadres. I am also overseeing planning of the new and future hospital projects include new buildings for the hospital departments and staff residences.


S. Madimbwala - Tanzania

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S. Madimbwala - Tanzania

What have you gained from SPRING?

In SPRING Program, I have gained lots of knowledge on planning issues, different planning techniques experiences from different countries and the ability to compare with my country. This is due to the fact that in SPRING class, we were more than eight different countries from different continents which having different planning procedures in terms of social, economic, political, environment and cultural aspects.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Before coming to SPRING, I was working as Environmental Management Officer in a Tanzanian local/private company named GAIA Eco Solutions (Tanzania) Limited that deals with recycling of lead acid batteries to produce high quality Pure Lead and Lead Alloys products. I worked in cooperation with local government authorities, neighbor companies and near by the company communities and made sure that environmental policy and regulations are followed effectively I have been involved in making Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Auditing Reports for our company GAIA Eco Solution Tanzania Limited. Those reports were done in cooperation of different stakeholders such as communities, neighbor companies’, local government authorities (Ward, Municipal and City Councils) and government institutions dealing with environmental issues such as National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and Vice President Office, Division of Environment.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I am working at Synarge Group of Companies which includes GAIA Eco Solutions (Tanzania) Limited (Lead Acid Recycling Plant) and Brakes Tanzania Limited (Brakes Lining and Warehouse) as Environmental Manager, dealing with managing environment, health and safety issues.


C.M. Phiri - Zambia

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C.M. Phiri - Zambia

What have you gained from SPRING?

I gained a lot from the SPRING programme. The SPRING programme exposed me to theories and skills of Regional and Urban Planning at a higher level. The workshops were closer to real working life group dynamics. All these have proved helpful in my professional endeavors.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I was in pioneer group of the Germany (Dortmund) - Tanzania (UCLAS, now Ardhi) partnership. After I completed my MSc in Urban & Regional Development Planning & Management in 2004, I was appointed as Provincial Planner for Lusaka Province. Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia. This position entailed that I play the role of a secretary to the Regional Planning Platform (Socio-Economic) and Provincial Physical Planning Platform. The office was exciting and challenging as I had very supportive colleagues. The challenges emanated from the fact that we were dealing with provincial as well as issues emanating from national government. The number of stakeholders is also comparatively bigger than other provincial offices. The issues are also complex. However, SPRING knowledge and skills proved handy. We worked well and within two years I earned a promotion to head office to be an Assistant Director in the Department of Physical Planning and Housing, Ministry of Local Government and Housing then.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

I did not stay long in the position of Assistant Director. In 2007, I resigned and joined the Copperbelt University where I am still working as a lecturer. However, from 2010 to 2013, I was in China, at Tongji University pursuing doctoral studies. Unfortunately, I fell sick and the scholarship was discontinued. God willing I still hope to do a PhD, who knows, maybe at Dortmund!


Y. Guliyeva - Azerbaijan

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Y. Guliyeva - Azerbaijan

What have you gained from SPRING?

The most important contribution of SPRING to my knowledge and skills lies in the fact that it provoked my thoughts towards the willingness of all stakeholders to participate and contribute to the development of a particular country. The ways and whys of understanding each other’s perspective, interests, and acting in a coherent manner was indeed as difficult in our role-plays during the SPRING workshops as it is in reality. In fact, my years of field experience were challenged by our lecturers and group-mates opening my eyes to better negotiations, at the same time constructively equipping me with useful approaches.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I have been in the field ever since.  After the graduation I returned to the same national development organization in Azerbaijan of which support was immense for me to advance my studies.  Some years later I joined various international development projects in a conflict and/or disaster-stricken countries like Pakistan, Colombia, Haiti, etc.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

In the recent years I have been involved in monitoring and evaluation of emergency and development projects globally. I am fascinated to see the value of merging rather complex development interventions into the real-time-assistance no matter how challenging it might be at first.


M. Fallahzadegan - Iran

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M. Fallahzadegan - Iran

What have you gained from SPRING?

It is not exaggerating to say that SPRING has changed the entire path of my life! Empowering my abilities of observation, analyzing, criticizing and problem solving, SPRING opened up new opportunities for my personal and professional life.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

After finishing the program (July 2015), I kept staying in Chile (my second year destination), developing and integrating my thesis in a project of my supervisor, for some months. Later, I presented the results in a paper and two different workshops in Concepción and Valdivia (Chile).

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Afterwards, being interested in living for more time in Chile, considering my background, I got a job in an architecture office, collaborating in the university projects of investigation and rehabilitation of patrimonial architecture of the city. It is more than a year that I am working in this office, and benefiting my planning master degree, now we have some planning projects in the office, including the Master Plan of the Historical Zone of Puerto Octay City, in the south of Chile.

Besides, being advanced in Spanish, and utilizing the methodological teamwork and moderating skills I have gained from SPRING, I am responsible of some other small architecture/planning projects of the office which are being done by my colleagues.


S. Zikirov - Kyrgyzstan

S. Zikirov - Kyrgyzstan

What have you gained from SPRING?

SPRING gave three things. First is the theoretical foundation and knowledge on what development planning and management exactly are, through its courses, seminars, discussions and field trips. Second is the practical experience on development planning and management gained when SPRING sent me to Chile, the most and real exciting development example in Latin America. Third is my SPRING family, my group mates and professors, who shared and taught me the progress I have made. Because of these three things, I have realized in which I should further go in my career path and fulfilled my childhood dream.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I started as a deputy head at the farming cooperative upon returning in august 2016. I supervise more than 20 people at the farming cooperative. Our main job is to provide seeds for the local farmers, seeds such as soybeans, safflowers, corn, wheat, and vegetable seeds. For the 2017 farming season, the cooperative has the above mentioned seeds to local farmers with an aim to improve local production, which are demanded at the local market.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

I have opened NGO named “Rural and Urban planning and development” in January 2017 in order to apply learned international knowledge and expertise in planning and development. Four projects were developed and submitted to donor communities. I have received my first grant from Soros Foundation to conduct a research in Osh city planning and development since 2010. Under the grant, I will have training in “Action research, effective writing, visualization and advocacy” executive course which will take place in Budapest between 11 and 17 June 2017. I have recruited 4 research assistants who will assist in research including its advocacy activities of the research findings and recommendation. My main goal for the next 5 years to become one of the leading research centers in development area in my home country. As a founder and director of NGO, I aim to initiated, develop and implement many projects in development of my village and country.


D. Manivong - Laos

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D. Manivong - Laos

What have you gained from SPRING?

I graduated Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National University of Laos and working with Lao-German Cooperation (GIZ) for Integrated Rural Development Programme. During my first year, SPRING provided broad intersectional knowledge and skills across regional development planning fields including project management. In practical demonstration, there is a planning workshop (Group work), all students are working hard on brainstorming, sharing an idea of planning, where I have learned how to work in a team and share responsibility to create good products for master planning in one district. In addition, the programme of SPRING contains many study visits and workshop presentations related topics

The second year of SPRING programme allowed me to learn the real practice in the University of Philippines/UP Diliman. The UP Diliman/School of Urban and Regional Planning has given me an impression of the real practice with closely daily work, for example how to use GIS on land use planning, use GIS identify some critical/risky for flood areas and the bible of land use planning with practical techniques. During two year under SPRING Programme, I had the best time of my life in University! The SPRING programme brought students from four continents, all with different backgrounds, together as well as professors who have given me extensive knowledge in broad ways of planning. We have learned so much from each other.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

After graduating in the SPRING Programme in 2013, I have worked in different fields of development, mostly with International Development Organisations. I had my first job as a regional coordinator for pilot project at Handicap International, a project focused on the UN Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities Advocacy for Government Action Program for Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Then I got an Aid Effectiveness Specialist under Northern Upland Programme. The programme is the Government of Lao PDR’s first attempt to apply a Programme Based Approach (PBA) in the agriculture and rural development sector which focused on fostering vientiane declaration implementation, strengthening policy making and capitalisation capacities, land and landscape management, local governance and planning food facility action and support to improve the livelihood assets of food insecure households.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I am working at World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Project Coordinator, the project is focused on Health Management Information System to support a Health Sector Reform for 2016-2020.


N.M. Saing - Myanmar

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N.M. Saing - Myanmar

What have you gained from SPRING?

Actually, I couldn’t count the things and skills that I gained during my study at SPRING. Basically, I could learn different skills and knowledge which are essential for regional planners and the program encouraged me to think critically and creatively. Moreover, I got many important and valuable things for my future such as friendship. As I had opportunities to meet other students from different countries through SPRING, I could make friendships with them that have continued well beyond the end of our study. Another valuable chance was that SPRING favors us to work with our colleagues who came from different countries with different academic backgrounds, which could enhance working with people from all backgrounds.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Today I apply the knowledge and skills learned from SPRING as a government staff in Myanmar. After studying at TU Dortmund University and the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines, I returned to my previous job, the Planning Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance. At that time, I was involved in the team that was responsible to draft the 2nd Five Year Short-Term National Development Plan of Myanmar.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I am working as an assistant director at the Union Minister’s office of the Ministry of Planning and Finance.


R. Adhikari - Nepal

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R. Adhikari - Nepal

What have you gained from SPRING?

With great enthusiasm I went to Germany to study SPRING at the Technical University Dortmund. By the time I applied for the program my country was heading to federalism which led me to join the course and later wanted to replicate some of the lessons learned in local context. I gained a lot from the program that includes the academic as well as not academic but that help build the context for the academic knowledge and skills. The program imparted a lot in designing the development project with   consideration of cross cutting issues like gender, poverty, conflict and peace, and governance. Besides that land use planning issues, solid waste management, burning urbanization management issues were focus of the program.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I involved in a project which helped government agencies to implement E-Governance. I was a project officer on that project with major responsibilities of coordinating activities with 12 government training institutes , the Office of Prime minister and the Council of Ministers and Asian Development Bank for about two years immediately after I came back from completing my study in 2012. Afterwards I worked in the District Development Committee of Ramechhap as highest tier of local government in the capacity of Planning Monitoring and Administrative officer, where I implemented result based planning and a monitoring system.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently I have been involved in designing and implementing a program to help alleviate poverty as a chief of planning and policy formulation section under the Ministry of Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal. I was involved in designing the project that will provide qualitative vegetables to the city dwellers and employment at rural level with increased productivity. Besides that I am working with GIZ in developing and promoting productive cooperative in developing international value chain in selected commodities. I believe in the principle of human beings not being born, but formed and I am in that process, SPRING has given me the direction to that end whatever I do and where I am.


B. Ali - Pakistan

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B. Ali - Pakistan

What have you gained from SPRING?

SPRING Programme indeed, was a two-years journey of extensive learning and development with exciting opportunities to meet people of different backgrounds, make friends and witness the sustainable development interventions in Europe and Ghana.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Since the completion of SPRING Programme, I have been involved in programme planning and management activities that encompass the socio-economic development of rural and urban regions of Pakistan, particularly in a mountain region called Gilgit-Baltistan (the jewel of Pakistan). These activities include: safe drinking water supply and sanitation projects, land use planning, disaster risk reduction and resettlement programmes, energy efficient and disaster resilient construction programmes and environmental development activities.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I am working as Regional Programme Coordinator with IFAD and Government of Pakistan’s co-funded seven (7) years programme i.e. “Economic Transformation Initiative, Gilgit-Baltistan” with an overall goal to improve income and reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural areas of Gilgit-Baltistan that will benefit over 100,000 households in 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan through irrigation and land development (irrigating 50,000 acres of barren land), constriction of farm to market roads, improving support services for value chain development and programme management and policy support.


M. Balinos - Philippines

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M. Balinos - Philippines

What have you gained from SPRING?

Aside from learning about the theories, different methodologies, and contexts of spatial planning and from the professional experiences shared by our class, I gained new friends, understood better other cultures, and acquired skills in facilitation, coordination, and conflict resolution.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

I continued my professional activities in Chile: I was involved in the initial phases of the
implementation of some regional government infrastructure development projects, administrative
and teaching work at SPRING Chile, activities related to energy efficiency, and as a GIS consultant.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently, I work at World Wildlife Fund, an international conservation/environmental NGO, in the
Chile country office. I am responsible for the coordination of all GIS related activities within the Chile office for our different focuses (forests, freshwater, marine conservation, sustainable markets, fishery, and governance) especially data gathering and spatial analysis; participatory mapping; and overlooking the developments in improving how to capture, visualize and share spatial information like a community science mobile application. This year, as a Spatial Planning Technical Officer, I started involving myself more in the conservation planning standards especially within the landscape and seascape level (landscape approaches, marine spatial planning, etc).


A. Lemus - El Salvador

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A. Lemus - El Salvador

What have you gained from SPRING?

The SPRING programme definitely helped me see other disciplines involved in development in a new, more holistic perspective. And aside from the knowledge I gained through the course subjects, there were other key aspects that I learned during my time as a SPRING student. The multi-cultural experience has been extremely valuable, not only for academic development, but also in my future professional and personal life. It is one of the features that make this master’s programme very special.

In which professional activities have you been involved since the completion of SPRING?

Since completing the programme, I have continued to work as an independent architect as well as being more actively involved with organisations dealing with development and urban planning back in El Salvador, particularly with Smart Cities and the use of technology in planning.

What is your latest professional project? / Where and what are you working currently?

Currently I am based in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) working as a consultant for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). My job requires a bit of travelling and lots of field work to profile the pre-disaster condition of the public infrastructure in multiple states within FSM.




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