USAID Mission Director in Cambodia, Rebecca Black, addresses participants.
March 25, 2015

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, March 25, 2015 – With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA), the Mekong Partnership for the Environment and Private Financing Advisory Network (USAID PFAN-Asia) brought together over 40 non-government organizations, civil society and private sector representatives in the Mekong region to learn about emerging international trends in sustainable investment and environmental, social and governance integration. They met to strategize about making investments more sustainable, which reduces risk, saves money and improves their reputations.

The representatives from the private sector and civil society in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam participated in the “Business Case for Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors in Investments” workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on March 24 and 25. Participants discussed the emerging trends and alternatives in sustainable investment, and shared strategies on how they can apply to environmental and social risk management.

September 9, 2014

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity through Trade and Investment is a five-year project funded by the U.S. government to increase economic engagement and cooperation with ASEAN member states. The program supports customs integration, trade and investment facilitation, small and medium-sized enterprises, clean and efficient energy, and information and communication technologies which are priority areas under the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement, Enhanced Economic Engagement Initiative, and Enhanced Partnership Plan of Action.  

September 8, 2014

JAKARTA – More than 120 representatives of Asian civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered for the September 8, 2014 opening of a three-day conference in support of the role of regional CSOs. The conference is co-hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Government of Indonesia, U.N. Development Programme, The Asia Foundation and Kemitraan.

September 5, 2014

Being LGBT in Asia: the Indonesia Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Indonesia including the effects of laws, policies, culture and social attitudes, and religion, based on research, consultation and the National LGBT Community Dialogue that was held in Bali in June 2013.This overview is followed by an examination of the Indonesia experience of protecting the rights of LGBT people under seven different areas:employment and housing, education and young people, family affairs and social/cultural attitudes, media and ICT, law-human rights and politics, the special case of Aceh, and capacity of LGBT organizations, using the same methodology as described above. Case studies illustrating success or challenges are included in the relevant areas. The capacity of LGBT organizations was based on analysis of a participant survey as part of the Dialogue. The report contains findings and a list of recommendations and action points generated by the Dialogue.

September 5, 2014
This report reviews the legal and social environment faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Vietnam. It is a product of the Vietnam National LGBT Community Dialogue held in June 2013. The Dialogue
brought together Vietnam’s LGBT communities, alongside associated research and advocacy organizations, to discuss the legal, social, cultural, political and work environments faced by Vietnam’s LGBT communities. The Vietnam National LGBT Community Dialogue comprised two events: the National Conference of the Vietnamese LGBT Community, held in Ho Chi Minh City with about 30 participants, a closed meeting with only LGBT community members; and the National LGBT Community Dialogue, held in Ha Noi with about 40 participants that included CSO representatives, media and multilateral agencies. The Dialogue was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
September 5, 2014

"Being LGBT in Asia” is a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind initiative to support Asia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It works to bolster basic LGBT rights across the continent and in specific focus countries including China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. In 2014, the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, through the section for Regional Development Cooperation, joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a lead funding partner, raising the profile of regional organizations and institutions in addressing LGBT rights issues. The program will be implemented through 2017.


Last updated: March 26, 2015

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