It is with great sadness that we inform you that Denis Murphy passed away this morning Oct 3. Denis was with us in Korea when ACHR was formed in 1988, but his work with the urban poor precedes that by a long way. Denis’ work particularly with training Community Organisers and fighting evictions of urban poor communities was so well known and admired throughout Asia. As Somsook says “ Asia has lost one of its key pillars on this work for the poor. He will always be alive in our hearts and be respected in our memory, we all will always remember him.”
Rest in Peace Denis ……
From ACHR and Friends
"Denis Murphy cut his teeth organizing the urban poor in the late 1960s. It became his lifelong advocacy even after he left the priesthood. He even tried to convince Mother Teresa to get involved in it, his widow said.
The founder of Urban Poor Associates died on Oct. 2 at 86, capping more than 40 years of community organizing in the Philippines and in other Asian and African countries." You can continue reading more of Denis' story in an article in the Philippines newspaper The Enquirer HERE
SDI, ACHR. CDF collaborate for a video production of an ACCA project in Cambodia.
To be presented at HABITAT 3 in South America, along with other SDI videos.
Below Nylen (CDF) and James Tayler (SDI)
ACHR Regional Meeting
14 -17 August Bangkok Thaiand
Discussion from around 10 Countries (40 people) involved with SELAVIP activities, Research on Finance for the Poor in Asia
and ACHR activites with the Community Architects Network and UPCA (PLUS!)
CAN new book launched-
GROUNDED PLANNING: PEOPLE-CENTRED URBAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES IN THE PHILIPPINES.
Regional Workshop at Chumseang, Thailand
July 14-20 2016
Beyond housing and looking at the city as a whole. Collecting information and making future plans for citizens needs and aspirations in co-oporation with the Mayor and administration of Chumsaeng City.
The Chumsaeng communities and Community Architects Network identified 7 working areas and with discusion, field trips and presentations came up with viable solutions to aspirations to carry forward a particiaory city planning process with the acceptance of an enthusiastic Mayor and admistration.
The areas looked at were: Local Government and Policy; Housing and Communities; Heritage and Culture; Road networks and public space (inclusing bicycle groups); Health; and Water and Agriculture. Over 100 participants from across Asia, Thailand and local communities. A report is pending and more can be found on the CAN website HERE.
New Video on Community Upgrading in Bangladesh
Greetings from Bangladesh! Here is the link of the story of community upgrading at Jhenaidah: https://vimeo.com/168220287
Earlier last in May: Get Involved for Rebuilding communities !
LUMANTI Support Group for Shelter in partnership with Community Architects Network (CAN) and Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is organizing
A Workshop on REBUILDING SETTLEMENTS WITH COMMUNITIES
from 25th April - 1st May 2016
For detail contact: 4102118 / 4245919
At Banlung City, Ratanakiri province
Cambodian Archtects (CAN CAM) and CDF select 3 sites and communities for 25 DPU (UK) students to work with
for 2 weeks in April - in Phnom Penh
CAN-CAM / CDF Community Mapping in Bunjung City, Ratanakiri Province
Friends in Mongolia preppare designs for traditional housing under the ACHR - SELAVIP housing program
Community Development Funds
We are working on Community Development Fund study in 5 countries with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The 5 countries are Thailand, Philippines, Srilanka, Cambodia and Nepal. We are now entering the ground survey stage.
For Thailand, we decided to implement the survey in about 80 cities. Each city there will be a survey at the city level fund and a number of community funds or saving groups at community level. All to be done by community network in each city itself. This is the first month to start and will take total 2 months to complete. So we have plan the big seminar to bring the result of these survey to share and discussed in April. ACHR team will have to help put all those many content from the survey forms into an overall picture and figures of how our community fund movement in Thailand look like in all relevant aspects. We do hope a new round of action will be strengthen and all the information will be sent to all the cities and the first publication to explain all this rich community finance process by community people will be done and disseminated.
Hope we can succeed doing this country wide survey by community people in just 3-5 months and we will share with friends in 5 countries and all in the region and concerned groups about the result soon
The Study of the first phase is available for downlaod HERE 70 pages with appendix .... 394 KBS
Below: CDF study meeting in Kanchanaburi province. 50 community leaders of 12 cities participate. March 18, 2016
MINH CHAU visits Chumpae in Thailand
Just to want to share with you a successful story of city-wide community fund and network in Chumpae city, Thailand.
It is amazing story for me and for whom to believe in people's force, savings network and city-wide scale.
For urban poor communities, clean water and electricity are among the top-five most urgent needs. In many countries, the poor communities have to wait for the government services or private sectors with higher prices.
Here the Chumpae's story shows us that it is time for community network can take that role. Strong community network can provide good services to poor families and play efficient role in low-income market, as well. Community network, now, is no longer passive recipients of public social programme; neither the victims of market oriented development.
What the community cannot do alone they can do it together with their network.
Nothing can be solved without money.
And, the real power is always on the hand of those who control money. Let's build up community fund together.
Let's link up savings group together.
Your power is on your hand.