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AsiaDHRRA at the 12th ASEAN SOC-COM

Jakarta, Indonesia— AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig, attended the 12th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOC-COM) held on 15-16 May 2017 at the ASEAN Headquarters. The annual conference gathered the members of ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives, Chairs/Vice Chairs of various ASEAN Sectoral Bodies under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) pillar, representatives from select sectors under Political Security Community pillar, and, select affiliate regional entities.


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The Conference discussed, among others, the ASEAN’s research initiative on complementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ASEAN Vision, ASCC’s draft monitoring and evaluation framework, and, proposed conceptual paper on promoting “Culture of Prevention.”

AsiaDHRRA shared some key finding and recommendation from its regional policy study on SDG and ASEAN Vision. Specifically, Ms. Catindig conveyed that discourses on SDGs and ASEAN Vision 2025 do not usually reach local communities hence the low awareness on the said development blueprints. Since implementation of both SDGs and ASEAN Vision 2025 require multi-stakeholders’ participation at various levels, ASEAN and national implementing agencies should create and/or establish mechanisms that ensure participation of communities and civil society. In achieving SDGs and ASEAN Vision, NGOs and people’s organizations could contribute in popularizing SDGs and ASEAN Vision, in implementing development programs and projects on the ground, and, in data gathering and/or monitoring of these blueprints.

AsiaDHRRA is an affiliate entity of the ASEAN.

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LaoDHRRA conducts workshop on UN SDG, ASEAN Vision, and the role of civil society in eradicating poverty

Vientiane, Lao PDR – LaoDHRRA conducted a National Consultation-Workshop with representatives from the government, rural development organizations and people’s organizations. The workshop, held on May 2, 2017, aimed to present and validate LaoDHRRA’s policy study, define action points and areas for cooperation between and among the government and civil society to contribute in localizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ASEAN Vision 2025 Vision.

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Ms. Mags Catindig, AsiaDHRRA Program Officer, presented the regional policy paper on Localizing SDGs and ASEAN Vision: Understanding the Role of Rural Development Organizations and People’s Organization. LaoDHRRA presented the initial results of its national study on the same topic. Other present organizations also shared their efforts on rural development and poverty eradication. Representatives from the National Leading Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (NLCRDPE) and Department of Agriculture and Extension Cooperative (DAEC) provided the participants with the government’s initiatives and priorities on agriculture and rural development.

The workshop was organized as part of the implementation of Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERDO-Asia) in Laos. LaoDHRRA is hosted by Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association (SAEDA).

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AsiaDHRRA, CSA host North-South Learning Exchange Visit for its members and partners

Brussels, Belgium – AsiaDHRRA and Collectif Strategis Alimentaires (CSA) hosted the North-South Learning Exchange in Belgium and France on 2-10 May 2017. This exchange visit aims to look at various models of “territorial development” as EU’s approach for sustainable rural development.
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The event brought together the members of AsiaDHRRA and leaders of their respective partner people’s organizations, mostly members of the Asian Farmers Association (AFA), key representatives of ASEAN, namely the RDPE and cooperatives sectoral bodies, and the Secretariat, and partners of the CSA such as members of Fédération Wallonne de l’Agriculture.

The delegation visited Gembloux City and interacted with representatives of Reseau Walloon de Development Rural (network for rural development) and Grouperments d’Action Locale (local action groups). The said groups implement agricultural and non-agricultural development activities in the Walloon region with co-funding from the EU and the Walloon Government.

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From Belgium, they proceeded to France and visited various Farmers Organizations including the Cooperative for Utilization of Agricultural Machines of La Croix au Bois, Au Panier Vert Agricole Cooperative, Prosperite Fermiere Cooperative, Prim’Allia/Expandis in Marchais, Wine Cooperative, Coopérative Fermes de Figeac, Farmers Dairy Cooperative, and, Ségala Agriculture et Energie Solaire Cooperative.

The delegation visited several agricultural cooperatives to discuss successes and challenges in establishing and sustaining various models of farmers’ cooperatives and enterprises. Of interest are experiences in territorial rural development where farmers’ organizations take central role.

The North-South Learning Exchange visit was organized as part of the Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERDO-Asia), with support from the EU.

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AsiaDHRRA meets with EU Development Cooperation to discuss agricultural development priorities in the ASEAN

Brussels, Belgium – AsiaDHRRA members and partners participated in a dialogue with the European Union’s (EU) Directorate General for Development Cooperation on 2-10 May 2017 to improve understanding about EU and discuss its rural and agricultural development priorities in the Asean region.

The delegation was composed of leaders from AsiaDHRRA, the DHRRAs and their partner-farmers’ organizations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam, members of AsiaDHRRA Secretariat; members of Asian Farmers Association (AFA) and Secretariat, the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (SOMRDPE) Chairperson, ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agri-Cooperatives (ASWGAC) Chairperson, and ASEAN Secretariat representative. They were joined by CSA, co-organizer of the event.


This activity was organized as part of the North-South Learning Exchange Visit: Southeast Asian Civil Society Rural Development Leaders and Practitioners, funded through the Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERdo-Asia), with support from the European Union.

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AsiaDHRRA, CSA to hold North-South Learning Exchange Visit

DHRRAs gather for 1st ReCoERDO-Asia Joint Project Advisors and Coordinators Meeting

Cebu City, Philippines – The Annual Regional Program Committee (RPC) assessment and planning of ReCoERDO-Asia was held last 3-4 April 2017 in Cebu City, Philippines. It was attended by members of Regional Project Management Team and National Project Coordinators from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and, Thailand.
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The annual assessment and planning was also attended by members from the Project Advisory Committee (PAC): Dr. Hiroyuki Konuma (rural development), Ms. Rodora Babaran (ASEAN SOM-RDPE representative), Ms. Lany Rebagay (rural people’s organizations), Mr. Marek Poznanski (EU civil society), and,Ms. Dwi Astuti (AsiaDHRRA Chairperson).

With support from the EU, ReCoERDO-Asia is a 4-year program aiming to contribute to improvement of socio-economic well-being of members of rural people’s organizations by strengthening the service delivery capacities of rural development organizations (e.g. DHRRAs).