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Tactical Alliances: Supporting Local Coalitions for Development in Asia

Event: Thursday, October 5, 2023, Washington, DC

Coalitions—groups of individuals and organizations that work together to pursue a common policy goal or reform—are crucial to the achievement of development outcomes. For years, coalition building has been the centerpiece of some of The Asia Foundation’s most successful development initiatives and the achievement of milestone policy reforms. In 2023, the Foundation sought to elevate interest and debate on this experience through its publication On the Right Tack: Reflections on Coalition-Building Initiatives Across The Asia Foundation, which examined examples from Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. The paper sheds light on the coalition-building modality, sharing insights on how coalitions emerge and function and how the approach can be adapted for application in other contexts.

Please join us for a discussion of these and other experiences with development coalitions, the approaches taken by coalition leaders, the role of external actors in supporting coalition building, and questions and considerations that remain to be addressed.


Nicola Nixon, Senior Director, Governance, The Asia Foundation and principal author, On the Right Tack;
Thomas Parks, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Thailand
Melisha Ghimre, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Shequal Foundation, Nepal
Toix Cerna, Civil Society Leader, Philippines
Kim McQuay, moderator, Acting Head of Programs and Managing Director, Program Specialists Group, The Asia Foundation

Related programs: Good Governance

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