Asia and Pacific

Building participation and good governance through youth in Tajikistan

Nov 12, 2012

An UNDEF-funded project in Tajikistan has created a Youth Council representing each of the 44 counties of Kuhistoni Badakshon province, providing training and confidence-building for a new generation of citizens. By providing insights into the workings of local and region governance, the effort allows young people to experience direct political participation, gives them an opportunity to shape their communities, and build independent thinking and leadership skills.

Population Foundation of India, Jaipur, India

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Empowering civil society leaders in Laos

Sep 11, 2012

UNDEF finances an initiative in Laos to empower civil social organizations to contribute meaningfully to the country’s development and good governance. The project focuses on training and capacity-building for civil society leaders in strategic planning, organizational values, business planning, annual report writing, and managing organizations in accordance with international codes of conduct. It also includes a study visits in Thailand to discuss community development and meet with international donors, including the private sector, so as to learn about donor expectations.

Building a culture of democracy in Bhutan

Jul 03, 2012

How to engage young people in one of the world's youngest democracies? Bhutan, a nation of 650,000 people, elected a new government in 2008 to replace a century-old monarchy. It is now striving to develop a democratic culture underpinned by a public educated in democratic concepts. This requires an independent media, a public space for debate, and an understanding among citizens of their own role in a democracy.

Promoting indigenous people's participation in Kamchatka, Russia

Jun 12, 2012

UNDEF Deputy Head Annika Savill visited a project in Kamchatka Territory, Russian Federation, in May 2012 to support democratic participation of indigenous peoples. The visit included a round table with representatives of local government and the private sector to promote best practices of cooperation between indigenous communities and business.

UNDEF project roundtable on civil society and marginalized in Russia

May 29, 2012

An UNDEF-funded project to strengthen the participation of marginalized women in the Russian Federation held a roundtable in May 2012 in the main project location of Togliatti, Samara region. The roundtable focused on ways to promote cooperation between civil society and local government so as to strengthen rights and opportunities for marginalized women. Among those addressing the roundtable were the Mayor of Togliatti, Sergey Andreyev, and Anatoliy Arsenikin, the Director of the project implementing agency, Foundation Social Investments.


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