Asia Foundation Development Fellows Connect with Development Innovators and Government Officials in the Philippines

Manila, April 8, 2014 — This week, The Asia Foundation hosts the inaugural class of The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program in Singapore and the Philippines.  The 10 Development Fellows — a dynamic and inspirational network of young change makers across Asia — will engage with leading Philippine development innovators and recognized policy-makers such as Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III, Office of the President; Undersecretary Richard Moya, CIO at Department of Budget and Management; Rappler, Devex, and the Asian Development Bank. View slideshow here.

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The Asia Foundation’s development leadership program is a dynamic community of rising development leaders selected from the fields of government, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and media representing nine Asian countries. The program also draws on the Foundation’s own unique approach to development, and extensive connections and deep expertise working with thought leaders, development practitioners, and local communities.

The Philippines component follows an intensive, four-day Leadership Development Workshop in Singapore in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore. The Philippines and its development challenges and innovations will serve as a contextual backdrop for applying theories and concepts in international development.

Program highlights include:

  • a roundtable discussion on “Transforming Governance and Society in the Age of the Internet: Open Data, Open Government and Access to Information” featuring Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III, Office of the President; Undersecretary Richard Moya, chief information officer at Department of Budget and Management; Zak Yuson, Director, MovePH, Rappler; and Maxine Tanya Hamada, Executive Director, INCITEGov;
  • a briefing at the Asian Development Bank headquarters on “The ADB’s Strategy 2020: Supporting Inclusive Economic Growth, Environmentally Sustainable Growth, and Regional Integration”;
  • a networking reception with Devex’s Manila 40 Under 40;
  • a session on the Foundation’s Development Entrepreneurship approach, a model for transformative institutional change;
  • briefings with the Provincial Government of Bohol, the business sector, and school communities on the effects of the Bohol earthquake on education as well as strategies for rebuilding after a natural disaster; and
  • briefings with urban communities and Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig (Joining Arms for Pasig River) on urban redevelopment and rehabilitation.

The Foundation has been supporting emerging development leaders for many decades. This year, as the Foundation marks its 60 years in Asia, the nonprofit continues this tradition by nurturing the next generation of leaders in their efforts to respond to the critical issues impacting Asia.

In the Philippines, the Foundation works together with its network of local partners to promote better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, and foster peace and development in Mindanao.

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