Refresher Course Suriname

Gender-inclusive planning in Suriname: an intersectional approach to strategic planning

Eligible countriesSuriname, Colombia and Guatemala
Dates27 June - 8 July 2022
Course modalityThis course will take place on-site
Application deadline

27 May 2022

Expected selection outcome1 June 2022
Local partnersDepartment of Sustainable Management of Natural Resource, Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS)
Spatial Planners Association Suriname (SPASU)
Course Coordinator(s)Carolina Lunetta

This course is organised with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic.

Should I join the course?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Suriname, Colombia and Guatemala. Alumni can invite colleagues if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and a high potential for the prolonged development impact of the training.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the definitions, concepts, and principles of strategic planning, community participation, and gender sensitive-planning
  • Critically assess cities as gendered spaces
  • Conduct a socio-spatial gender analysis and develop a socio-spatial and gender-inclusive vision of an urban challenge in collaboration with local citizens
  • Apply urban planning, gender-sensitive, intersectional tools and methodologies for strategic planning
  • Formulate a gender-sensitive strategic action plan for an urban challenge
  • Formulate recommendations to improve gender responsiveness in urban planning
  • Disseminate the importance of gender-sensitive and strategic planning for sustainable development

Course content

This course is innovative as it contextualises the knowledge previously acquired on strategic planning, governance, and citizen participation utilising a gender lens. It provides the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills in strategic gender-sensitive spatial planning to build sustainable communities.

The course comprises two theoretical modules (first week) and one practical (second week). In the second week, the participants will work closely with the community to prepare action plans.

Module 1: Theories of Gender in Planning 
● Gender and space: the gendered right to the city and intersectionality theory
● Gender-sensitive planning principles, approaches, and tools
● Empowerment theory: mainstreaming gender in participatory planning

Module 2: Theories and Approaches of Strategic Planning 
● Strategic planning and complexity theories
● Public participation and co-creation in different stages of the planning cycle
● Socio-spatial analysis and urban vision

Module 3: Developing a gender-sensitive strategic action plan
● Zooming in to the selected case study area: familiarising with the communities
● Selection and application of tools for building gender-sensitive and strategic plans with local communities: a) socio-spatial and gender analysis (storytelling, mapping, walking interviews); b) co-creation (serious games, urban visions)
● Developing gender-sensitive strategic action plans for an urban challenge (objectives, strategies, stakeholder partnerships, resources, work plan)
● Presentation of the action plan to relevant stakeholders

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