Asia Regional Program Updates

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Last updated: May 12, 2022

May 13, 2022

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman and Wattanawit Gajaseni, Acting Director-General, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), met to discuss the TICA-USAID Strategic Partnership, through which TICA and USAID will jointly provide development assistance to other countries in Asia.

April 8, 2022

Identity-based violence and hate speech are rising in South and Southeast Asia. Yet actors working to address these issues often do so in isolation and/or lack support to magnify their impact. Networks for Peace uses its regional convening power to collectively engage and support civil society organizations and key influencers in advancing tolerance and peaceful coexistence, mitigating growing polarization of ethnic and religious identities across the region. 

February 3, 2022

USAID is helping Southeast Asian nations transform their energy sectors and power systems and improve access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy. The USAID Southeast Asia’s Smart Power Program embodies the U.S. Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve global net-zero emissions by 2050.

December 29, 2021

Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (Asia EDGE) is a U.S. Government initiative to grow sustainable and secure energy markets throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  Spanning the California coast to the western shores of India, Asia EDGE supports partner governments to expand access to energy, promote energy diversification and trade, and strengthen energy security.  To assist this effort, the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) launched the USAID Southeast Asia EDGE Hub (EDGE Hub) activity to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness of USAID’s energy programs across Southeast Asia.

CWT Leadership Virtual Meeting with ASEANAPOL
June 9, 2021

USAID Wildlife Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian National Police (ASEANAPOL) Secretariat co-hosted on June 8, 2021 the virtual Counter Wildlife Trafficking Executive Leadership Consultation meeting with high-level police law enforcement leaders across the region. At the first of its kind police executive-level meeting solely focused on wildlife crimes, ASEAN’s top law enforcement leaders highlighted the importance of tackling wildlife crime as a serious transnational crime that necessitates a multi-agency and multinational approach. This makes counter wildlife trafficking a key focus and elevates the issue of wildlife crime among the region’s police chiefs, along with other transnational crimes such as illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, and cybercrimes.