Asia-Pacific Leadership Program

CDI supported the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) to deliver the Asia-Pacific Leadership Program 2 Follow-Up Workshop, which coincided with the July 2014 Indonesian presidential election. The Asia-Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is a training program for young emerging political party leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. APLP seeks to deepen participants’ understanding of the role of political parties in democracies, including their role in opposition, and to support political parties in becoming democratic institutions that are effective in representing their constituents, including through the development of representative party policies.

The APLP 2 Follow-Up Workshop provided a forum for participants of APLP 2 to discuss how they have implemented modules from the training program and to present on the individual project that they have developed and implemented with assistance from APLD’s mentoring program. APLP2 Follow-Up Workshop participants also participated in Indonesian Presidential Election observation coordinated by IPD.

The Centre for Democratic Institutions has been working in partnership with IPD since 2008. IPD was established by the Indonesian President in 2008 as the implementing agency of the Bali Democracy Forum. The Bali Democracy Forum, initiated by Indonesia in 2008, is an inclusive intergovernmental forum for the development of democracy in the Asia Pacific region. The forum aims to promote and foster regional and international cooperation in the field of peace and democracy through dialogue based on sharing experiences and best practice that adhere to the principle of equality, mutual respect, and understanding with the participating countries sharing its ownership.

IPD’s mandate is to make peace and democracy function in practice, and its focus is on supporting and equipping those who work for stakeholder groups engaged in the implementation of peace and democracy. IPD’s mandate is delivered through a framework that includes developing and managing programs, sharing experiences and lessons learned on democracy and peace, building knowledge and developing skills on democracy and peace, and contributing to democratic institutional development.

CDI’s work with IPD has included supporting IPD’s Director Dr Ketut Erawan and his staff to develop joint training and research activities and to strengthen IPD’s organisational capacity. In November 2011 CDI consolidated its organisational development support to IPD by recruiting an adviser, Sarah Jones, to work full-time with IPD to help guide improvements to IPD’s program development and management systems. Ms Jones has provided high quality assistance to Dr Erawan and his team and been instrumental in helping manage IPD’s deepening relationships with other development partners.

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