Asia Development Dialogue is a collaboration between Oxfam Great Britain, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), with support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Recognizing the importance of collective thinking, multidisciplinary analysis and joint solutions in tackling the critical challenges facing Asia today, our platform leverages the expertise and networks of each consortium member to bring together diverse stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, media and civil society onto the same table, online and offline.
- To activate a learning community of practitioners and researchers from government, private sector, academia, media, civil society
- To broaden and deepen engagement amongst thought leaders and key stakeholders in Asia
- To contribute to the body of published knowledge on critical issues facing the region
Q: Why Dialogue on Asia? The Asia region is widely recognized to be at the cusp of a historic change which can transform the Asian societies, make them more inclusive, eradicate poverty and bring equality and a higher quality of life. However, beyond economic growth, there is also recognition that for the region to realize the aforementioned positive changes, much more needs to be done on many fronts such as addressing inequality, governance challenges, identity based politics etc. Many of these issues cut across countries and need to have a broader-based regional analysis and understanding on chronic and emerging national and 'regional' issues which need collective thinking, joint analysis and solutions. However, there are very few regional platforms which promote such cross-disciplinary analysis and sharing of views and experiences.
Q: What makes your Forums unique?
Most of Asia’s problems today need joint solutions, not only among countries but also among players of different sectors. What sets us apart is our commitment to creating dialogue among remarkable individuals from diverse fields, whose knowledge and experience can provide sound and interdisciplinary analysis of Asia’s priority issues, and more importantly, whose collaboration will make a difference to the region. Another distinct feature of our forums is that they are not stand-alone events but rather the series with interlinked themes. Conversations continue and are carried over in a virtual Community of Practice and knowledge series publications. We see these diverse platforms as a starting point of creating a vivid learning community, where dialogue lives on. By nurturing this crucial space for interaction, we do beyond facilitating discussions: we connect and engage change makers. Q: Who are invited to your Forums? Our participants are experts and thought leaders in Asia from diverse fields--government, academia, the private sector, and civil society—most of whom are not often seen in the same platform. Q: What kind of issues are you focusing on? We are interested in the issues that cut across borders and have long-term implications for social and economic development of the region, as we believe they require broader analysis, collective thinking, and joint solutions. This year (2012), we are focusing on governance and equality. Q: What happens after I attended the Forum? Participants in our forums are not regarded merely as attendees, but rather, the key players who can co-shape the direction of our project through their involvement in the virtual community of practice.
Members of the Consortium
Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. As an organisation Oxfam is committed to gender equity and putting women's rights at the heart of all we do. In Asia, Oxfam GB works with partners across the region, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s first institution of higher education founded nearly a century ago. As a national intellectual center, the university produces the finest quality graduates with a high level of knowledge and skills in the arts and sciences that they can use to contribute to society.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was established in 2004 with the mission of educating and training the next generation of Asian policymakers and leaders. Situated in Singapore, a neutral observation ground to witness the historic rise of Asia, the School is thus in the right place at the right time.
The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges - affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity.The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org
Members of the Steering Committee
Dr. Apiwat Ratanawaraha (Chulalongkorn University)
Dr. Suricha Wungaeo (Chulalongkorn University)
- Mr. Cherian Mathews (Oxfam GB - Asia Regional Centre)
Mr. Cherian K. Mathews is the Deputy Regional Director for Asia and Director of Campaigns and Policy for Oxfam GB Asia Regional Centre. Previously he worked with ActionAid in India.
- Mr. Amit Vatsyayan (Oxfam GB)
Mr. Amit Vatsyayan is currently Oxfam GB's Regional Economic Empowerment Manager. His economic empowerment team aims to be a high quality knowledge group leading internally and externally on Oxfam's right to sustainable livelihoods, women's economic leadership, and engaging with the private sector.
- Ms. Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul (Oxfam GB)
Ms. Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul is the project manager for the Asia Development Dialogue project. She holds a master's degree in international development from the Graduate Institute for International Development in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Mr. Pariphan Uawithya (Rockefeller Foundation)
Mr. Pariphan Uawithya is currently a programme associate for the Rockefeller Foundation. His core areas of focus are with the foundation's initiative to expand access to renewable energy in rural India, and on increasing access to publicly-supported health insurance as part of the Transforming Health Systems Initiative. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, he was a Regional Programme Officer for Save the Children and a communications officer for Oxfam GB Asia Regional Centre.
- Mr. Stefan Nachuk (Rockefeller Foundation)
Stefan Nachuk jointed the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007. As an Associate Director, Mr. Nachuk provides strategic leadership and guides efforts focused on transformation of health systems in developing countries. He also promotes the creation of concrete models of climate resilience in Asia.
- Dr. Ora-Orn Poocharoen (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)
Dr. Ora-Orn Poocharoen is an assistant professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Her research interests include public administration theories, organization theories, comparative public administration, and public policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
- Dr. M Ramesh (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)
Dr. Ramesh is the Chair Professor of Governance and Public Policy at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has previously held teaching positions at the University of Hong Kong, The University of Sydney, University of New England, and Victoria University of Wellington. He specializes in public policy and governance in Asia with a particular focus on social policy.
- Dr. Namrata Ravindra Chindarkar (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)
Dr. Namrata is currently an assistant professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland concentrating in international development policy.
Ms. Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul
Regional Project Manager, Oxfam GB Asia Regional Centre, Bangkok
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Mr. Paht Tan-Attanawin
Regional Project Assistant, Oxfam GB Asia Regional Centre, Bangkok
Tel : +66(0)2 632 0033-37 Ext.110
Fax : +66(0)2 632 0038