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.
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.
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.
"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