Manila, June 5, 2014 — At the Devex Partnerships & Career Forum on June 10-11, The Asia Foundation’s international development and local governance experts will join delegates from over 100 organizations to address real-life development issues and localization challenges. The forum will convene delegates from donors, international aid agencies, and Asian development organizations and touch on issues specific to development in the Philippines, as well as those facing the entire aid community including governance, climate change, urban infrastructure, disaster relief and resilience, and localization of aid. The Foundation’s delegation will be led by Deputy Country Representative Ky Johnson and Director of Programs Maribel Buenaobra, both of the Foundation’s office in the Philippines.
At the June 10 Partnerships Forum, comprised of workshops by senior-level development experts, Buenaobra will moderate a panel titled, “Community Resiliency & Leadership: Disaster Risk Management after Typhoon Yolanda.” Devastation caused by large-scale disasters and climate change impose a huge economic and human toll on the developing countries of Asia. Six months after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Philippines, the “bayanihan” or community spirit remains strong across the archipelago.
The panel will take a close look at the role of community leadership and good governance in building local resiliency to natural disasters. In addition to Buenaobra, a diverse group of Filipino experts from local and national government will share their insights on rebuilding, resiliency, and leadership after disasters, including Dr. Mahar Mangahas of Social Weather Stations, an opinion polling organization; Richard Moya, undersecretary and CIO of the Department of Budget and Management in the Philippines; and Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan in Eastern Samar.
Asia Foundation recruiters will also be on site to discuss career opportunities with the leading international development nonprofit. The Foundation works with a broad range of local stakeholders including civil society, government, and the private sector on Asia’s most critical issues today across 18 countries.