Asia Foundation and Korea Development Institute Host Annual Author Workshop for Publication on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
Seoul, November 1, 2018 — The Asia Foundation hosted the 8th annual author workshop of the Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC) dialogue series. Organized jointly with the Korea Development Institute, the AADC brings together development experts and government officials to address how Asian countries’ engagement in development and South-South cooperation is changing the global aid landscape and the development prospects for the region. From October 30 to 31, participants of the author workshop used the forum to discuss the upcoming AADC publication on conflict challenges in the region, “Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding: The Role of Asian Development Cooperation.”
In recent decades many countries in South and Southeast Asia have experienced internal conflicts that have negatively impacted development and growth, national and regionally. Local conflicts, associated with land and natural resources, along with urban crime, are on the rise as Asian countries develop and urbanize. Many countries are also facing challenges in managing tensions between diverse ethnic and religious communities. South–South cooperation’s emphasis on sharing a country’s own relevant experience holds significant potential for supporting peacebuilding efforts in partner countries.
Participants from Korea, China, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation presented their theses outlines on peacebuilding in Asia. The upcoming publication will include chapters on how NGOs have played an important role in dialogue between the two Koreas; how Pakistan can improve its approach to peace building in neighboring Afghanistan; how conflicts along China’s Belt and Road Initiative may affect its implementation; how Indonesia’s experience of domestic peacebuilding in Aceh has informed its knowledge sharing with other countries; how cooperation with neighboring countries is important for the peace efforts in Myanmar; and the role multilateral efforts play in peacebuilding and conflict prevention in Asia.
During the workshop, Anthea Mulakala, director of International Development Cooperation, The Asia Foundation and Suzan Nolan, director of BlueSky International delivered lessons on how to write a strong thesis statement and to create an outline with topic sentences. They also offered one-on-one support to each of the authors.
In previous years, AADC publications have focused on rising inequality, the changing aid landscape and pro-poor growth, climate change mitigation and adaptation, social mobility, women and girls’ empowerment, the role of NGOs and the private sector, planned urbanization and advancing South-South cooperation.
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