How do we navigate complexity in the context of development? Are today's public sector responses to society's entrenched challenges sufficient? What is Alternative Development and Alternative Regionalism, and how might it play a role in positive systems change?
In this session we will learn from Karl Arvin F. Hapal, MCD Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development. He has been a steady hand at convening, researching and cross pollinating Alternative Development (AltDev) practices, particularly in the content of Asia. In this sense, (AltDev) aims to systematically look at paradigms, policies, practices, and projects that are largely marginalized and excluded from the mainstream. As they challenge dominant modes, they often are not prominently positioned in the national and international discourse. Karl's work has been focused on bringing these alternatives out of the margins and into the mainstream.
This session will kick off by sharing interesting examples of alternative development practices, illustrated by examples from across Southeast Asia, and reflected as cases in the Alternative Regionalism Collection here. The second half of the session will highlight, despite the immense challenges brought by the current pandemic, the ways in which community initiatives in the Philippines context have been effective. Karl will share how peoples’ organizations and movements are capable albeit largely untapped champions in the fight against COVID-19 and mitigating its adverse socio-economic effects.
About Karl Hapal
Karl Hapal is an assistant professor in the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines. Concurrently, he is also the Co-convenor of the Program on Alternative Development (AltDev), Center for Integrative and Development Studies. AltDev’s main goal is to surface grassroots experiences in pursuing development outside of mainstream constructs.