Bio-Human Ecology
Livelihood & Anthropology
The Livelihood Sovereignty Alliance 2013 - 2025 between SPERI, CODE, CIRUM and CENDI in one direction, sharing their methods and maximizing their efforts and achievements, with the three pillars of 1) Eco-Farming Education, 2) Livelihood Sovereignty and 3) Nurturing Nature interacting to nourish the Civil Society River flowing in order to balance and fertilize its two sides government and business.
The Alliance uses the term ‘livelihood’ with respect the goal of indigenous and ethnic minority peoples in the Mekong region of achieving “Livelihood Sovereignty”. Following the aspirations of the indigenous and ethnic minority peoples, SPERI has defined Livelihood Sovereignty as the achievements of five livelihood rights: 1) The right to land, forest and water (basic); 2) The right to maintain one’s own religion (unique); 3) The right to live according to one’s own culture (practice); 4) The right to operate according one’s own knowledge and decide what to plant, initiate, create and invent on one’s own land (holistic), and 5) The right to co-manage or co-govern natural resources with neighboring communities and local authorities (strategic).
In order to better empower Traditional Civil Society for Livelihood Sovereignty, TEW-CHESH-CIRD merged into SPERI in 2005. SPERI focused on the six inter-related MECO-ECOTRA themes (see MECO-ECOTRA) and on strengthening Traditional Civil Society via the Young Indigenous Ethnic Leadership Development Strategy via Ecological Farming Education at Farmer Field Schools. At the same time, one team of seniors from TEW and CIRD initiated a separate independent organization named CIRUM to concentrate on Forest and Land Rights for vulnerable groups, and on networking for self-sufficiency development. Later, in 2007, the Lobby Department of SPERI formed an independent Consultancy on Development (CODE) to focus on bridging and strengthening Public-Private-Civil Society relations for lobbying policy on Mining, Hydropower and Extractive Industries.



Mrs. Tran Thi Hoa

Educational Background: Graduated from Hanoi Foreign Teachers University, 1986. Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Policy and Project Planning, ISS, the Netherlands, 2001

Work experience: 18 years in ethnic minority forest and land rights and community development; trainer in gender and household economic management; facilitator in establishing customary law based forest management and protection, community based organisations, and networking at village level for lobbying and advocacy

Interests: Long-term forest land use rights and sustainable forest management for ethnic minorities

Present position with organisationNetwork facilitation group coordinator, Director of CIRUM, Coordinator of Livelihood Sovereignty Alliance (LISO)

Email: tthoacirum@gmail.com
Mr. Nguyen Cao Cuong

Profession: MA in Business Management.

Position: Member of the Founding Board, Deputy Director of CODE, An Editor in Chief of The Investor Magazin and Forum of Investment Review, Coordinator of the Social Enterprenuership Program (SENT) under LISO.

Focus: Research, consult and feedback the relevant development policies regarding mining, hydropower, resettlement and plantations following the priorities of CODE in the strategic areas such as the Central Highlands, Southwest and Northwest Vietnam.

Email: nccuong@codeinter.org

Ms. Tran Thi Lanh
Profession: Political anthropology
Position: Program Coordinator for Research in Livelihood and Anthropology (LIVEAN) under LISO.
Focus: Relationship between tribes, colonialism and the Modern State.
Email: lanh@waikato.ac.nz


Mr. Duong Quang Chau
Profession: BA in Biology, specializing in Soils Agronomist. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of community development for ethnic minorities in the Mekong watershed areas and 5 years of experience in consulting and training on eco-farming.

Position: Vice Director of SPERI, Coordinator of the Eco-Farming Education (ECOFARMEDU) under LISO.

Focus: Community development, local knowledge in eco-farm planning and designing on slopping land.

Email: dqchau@speri.org

Ms. Dang To Kien

Profession: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Geography, Master of Science in Forestry Science and Management in the Australian National University (ANU).

Position: Program Coordinator of the Land Use Policy Analysis for Poverty Alleviation (LUPAPA) under LISO.

Focus: local initiatives in forest governance, empowerment and development for indigenous ethnic minority youths in eco-farming.
Email: dtkien@speri.org


Mr. Luong Ngoc An

Profession: Bachelor of culture, specializing in research of the issues related to the culture of ethnic minorities in the management of natural resources in Vietnam and other countries in the Mekong sub-great region.

Position: Secretary of the Editing Department of the Culture Magazine, Chief Editor of the Liturature Weekly, Program Coordinator of the Awareness Raising and Enriching (MEDIA) under LISO.

Focus: Issues of the culture, beliefs and alternatives for cultural preservation and socio-economic development in harmony, safety and sustainability.
Email: lnan@speri.org

Ms. Nguyen Minh Phuong

Profession: Foreign Economic and Social Enterprise Management

Position: Vice Director of Consultancy on Development Institute (CODE), Coordinator of Organizational and Institutional Governance Development (ORG) under LISO.

Concern: Sustainable community based natural resources management, human-ecology tourism and organizational management based on social entrepreneurship principles.

Email: nmphuong@codeinter.org


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