Projects Overview
 
UNDP/SNV Partnership
Asian Young Leaders for Governance


Capacity Development Projects

II. Asian Young Leaders in Governance

Background

The Asia Young Leaders in Governance (AYLG) project addresses the need to build a critical mass of young leaders in the Asia region, who will be trained as leaders in democratic governance processes. It recognizes that young leaders are an important constituency that require further attention and investments to enable them to serve as more effective leaders for the future. The AYLG project strategy supports building the leadership values and capacities of young leaders towards further enhancing their knowledge and skills in their various areas of expertise and influence; and in turn strengthening democratic governance processes in the region.

After the success of the first phase and roll-out of regional, sub-regional and national trainings from 2005 to 2006, the AYLG Project is now being carried out under its second phase with funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The second phase commenced in January 2007 and is being implemented over a two-year period, in a partnership between the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre through the four regional programmes who initially funded the first phase of the project -- Capacity2015 Asia, Asia Regional Governance Programme (ARGP), the Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Programme (RIPP), and the Asia Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme (APGMP).

Phase I

  • Development and adaptation of leadership modules pioneered by, and in coordination with, Lead International, a leading international NGO working in the field of leadership and change.  The modules are designed around five leadership capacity skills: a) leadership overview and leadership styles; b) systems thinking for transformational change; c) conflict resolution and negotiation; d) cross-cultural communications for leadership; and e) team building and networking.  In addition, thematic modules on gender, anti-corruption, indigenous peoples, and capacity development, have been prepared by UNDP to supplement the course.
  • One regional leadership course, a leadership training of trainers, and two sub-regional courses (one for Southeast and East Asia and one for South Asia) were successfully held in Thailand and Sri Lanka in 2005 and 2006. These had produced 131 graduates/fellows from 20 countries representing national government (including members of parliament and ministry officials), local government, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, UNDP staff, and regional/international organizations, among which nine (9) Fellows were trained as trainers and were involved in the rollout of the sub-regional courses.  Each country delegation also produced a country plan of action for furthering leadership development within their respective sectors/areas.
  • Graduates of the leadership courses have continued communicating among themselves, using electronic facilities provided by UNDP and through a yahoo groups site, sharing leadership information and discussing leadership issues.
  • Establishing links with the UNDP Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and other regions on sharing and adapting leadership modules to broader and/or more specific contexts and needs.

Phase II

  • The leadership modules were customized through a Regional Adaptation Writeshop convened in Manila, Philippines bringing together leadership graduates, leadership trainers, the AYLG technical team and representatives from UNDP country offices to review the leadership modules and adapt them further to the Asian context based on lessons learned and feedback from Phase I. 
  • A training of trainers (TOT) was held in Laos where six (6) leadership graduates were trained as trainers followed immediately by the South East and East Asia sub-regional course in 2007 where 33 young leaders from civil society organizations, parliaments, government ministries and national agencies, private sector, UN agencies, and academic institutions, were trained.  . Trained trainers also assisted in the delivery of the modules.  A TOT and the South Asia sub-regional course will be held in 2008 training 14 new leadership trainers and more than 30 young leaders.
  • Five innovative country pilot projects were approved to be implemented by the leadership graduates in collaboration with other leadership fellows from their countries. Selected country pilots include projects from Bangladesh, China, India and the Philippines.
  • A set of case studies and leadership best practices to be published.
  • Regional lessons learned workshop will be convened. The AYLG technical team along with leadership fellows, trainers and some members from the leadership pilots will be invited to present and review lessons learned and discuss way forward.
  • Young Leaders Network to be established and linkages/ partnerships built with regional bodies

 

Training of Trainers Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance

The Leadership Training of Trainers (TOT) is a five-day course to be held prior to the 2008 South Asia Sub-Regional Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance.   It will be participated by selected trainers from the region, who themselves have participated in previous Leadership Courses for Young Leaders in Governance organized by the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.

The purpose of the TOT is to build local capacity for delivery of the Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance, for eventual sub-regional and/or national roll-outs. A set of potential trainers were identified from among the participant pool in the previous deliveries of the Course, who will be brought together immediately prior to the offering of the 2008 South Asia Leadership Course to build their skills in delivery of the materials as a group.

The ToT will have the following components:

a) Training-of-Trainers Workshop, the formal training which includes six days of face-to-face time for the trainers to interact together and with UNDP Facilitators and Resource Persons. This component will aim to: i) build further understanding and confidence in knowledge about the materials and themes; ii) provide an open forum for in-depth discussion about the materials, activities and delivery methodology; iii) set up a peer-learning framework through a Learning Partners’ (LP) activity; iv) give one to one coaching with individual trainers; v) provide an opportunity for practice the materials in a safe environment as individuals and within the group; and vi) build the team of trainers for delivery in Part II.

b) Team delivery of the 2008 Sub-Regional Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance.  This essential component of the Training-of-Trainers programme provides the new team of trainers with the opportunity to jointly deliver the course with a group of new participants, with the support of UNDP Facilitators and Resource Persons. The aim of this component is to: i) embed the learning and practice of the ToT within the framework of a real training experience; ii) provide the new trainers with an opportunity to stretch themselves and assimilate the raw materials of the workshop to their own context and illustrate them with their own stories and experiences; iii) strengthen the team of new trainers and provide them with a group activity that helps them build relationships which will sustain the group in the future and for potential future delivery of the course; and iv) ensure support for the new trainers as they deliver the course, in the form of a expert facilitators/resource persons who are present and available at all times, and provide coaching and feedback for the new trainers through the delivery component.

Leadership Curriculum:  The TOT training curriculum will be designed around the leadership skills modules that have been developed and tested by UNDP and LEAD International, including leadership styles; systems thinking for transformational change; conflict resolution and negotiation; cross-cultural communications for leadership; and team building and networking.   In addition, leadership values modules on anti-corruption, capacity development, indigenous peoples, and gender, will also be deployed as integral part of the leadership course.  These modules have been adapted to the Asian context, and training participants are expected to further adapt and apply these modules within their respective sectors and countries.

Organizers:  The Leadership TOT is part of the Asian Young Leaders in Governance (AYLG) Project, which is jointly implemented by four regional programmes under the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), as part of UNDP’s mandate to advocate for change and connect countries to global knowledge and experiences.  These programmes are the Capacity2015 Asia Programme, Asia Regional Governance Programme (ARGP), Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Programme (RIPP), and the Asia Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme (APGMP).  The UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has provided funding for the 2007-2008 rollout of the AYLG Project.

 

South Asia Sub-Regional Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance

The South Asia Sub-Regional Leadership Course for Young Leaders in Governance is part of a series of events aiming to strengthen governance capacities of young leaders in Asia-Pacific, in recognition of their role as powerful agents for change.   In 2005 and 2006, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre through its four regional programmes – Capacity2015 Asia, Asia Regional Governance Programme, Asia-Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme (APGMP), and Regional Indigenous Peoples Programme (RIPP) – funded the development and pilot of leadership development modules in partnership with Lead International.  Under this initiative, one regional leadership course, a leadership training of trainers, and two sub-regional courses (one for Southeast and East Asia and one for South Asia), were conducted, producing 131 graduates/fellows from 20 countries representing national government (including members of parliament and ministry officials), local government, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, UNDP staff, and regional/international organizations.  Among these Fellows, nine (9) had been trained as trainers and were involved in the rollout of the subregional courses.  Each country delegation had also produced a country plan of action for furthering leadership development within their respective sectors/areas. 

With funding support from the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), UNDP APRC is rolling out the second phase of the AYLG Project through subregional leadership courses and national pilots in the region from 2007 to 2008.  The South East and East Asia Subregional Course was held in 2007, with the South Asia Subregional Course to be held in 2008.  National pilots are currently being implemented until end-2008 in at least four countries through competitive proposals from Leadership Fellows.  The leadership courses and national pilots will build on the success of the previous events, expand the number of young leaders to be trained, continue to produce adapted modules for leadership development in the region, and demonstrate innovative leadership practices in the region.  The leadership courses will continue to feature modules pioneered and tested by LEAD International (www.lead.org), an independent, not-for-profit organization, established in 1991 by The Rockefeller Foundation and represents a global network of individuals and non-government organizations committed to promoting change towards sustainable development.  These modules have been adapted to Asian context and experiences, and feature Asian case studies and examples throughout the six-day course.

Leadership Curriculum: The training curriculum is designed around five leadership skills modules, including leadership styles; systems thinking for transformational change; conflict resolution and negotiation; cross-cultural communications for leadership; and team building and networking.   In addition, leadership values modules on anti-corruption, capacity development, indigenous peoples, and gender, were developed by APRC and deployed as an integral part of the leadership course. 

Who can participate? The training course will involve young leaders working in government (e.g., young parliamentarians, young civil servants, young elected representatives in local governments, etc.) or in areas that support good governance (e.g., young lawyers, young media/arts/communications persons whose work highlight governance issues, young NGO leaders whose focus of work pertains to governance, young university professors, and young business leaders, among others).  It will accept nominations and applications from the following countries:. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan

Participants will be selected and invited to participate in consultation with UNDP country offices and partners in the region, according to the following criteria:

  • between 25 to 35 years old;
  • proven track record and active participation in leadership and/or governance issues in their respective countries and/or the region;
  • willingness and commitment to take and apply the leadership skills to be learned during the training;
  • has exhibited a sphere of influence in their respective areas to make a difference; and
  • has working knowledge of the English language.

Organizers: With funding from the UN Democracy Fund, the Asian Young Leaders in Governance (AYLG) Project is a joint initiative of four regional programmes under the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, as part of UNDP’s mandate to advocate for change and connect countries to global knowledge and experiences.  These programmes are the Capacity2015 Asia Programme, Asia Regional Governance Programme (ARGP), Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Programme (RIPP), and the Asia Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme (APGMP).

Resources

CD on Leadership (202 kB)

Catalyzing Agents of Change (2.02 MB)

Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Civil Society (307 kB)

Inwent on Leadership (576 kB)

Leadership for Change (4.51 MB)

Young Leaders Inspiring Change (5.22 MB)