Asia - Pacific
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We do this primarily through lobbying, public campaigns and advocacy.
ANTaR's focus is on changing the attitudes and behaviours of non-Indigenous Australians so that the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respected and affirmed across all sections of society.
ANTaR persuades governments, through advocacy and lobbying, to show genuine leadership and build cross-party commitment to Indigenous policy.
ANTaR works to generate in Australia a moral and legal recognition of, and respect for, the distinctive status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as First Peoples.
ANTaR is a non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organisation with a membership consisting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people and groups.
ANTaR campaigns nationally on key issues such as Close The Gap, reducing Aboriginal incarceration, eliminating violence and abuse, constitutional change, racism and other significant Indigenous causes.
ANTaR has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation issues since 1997.
Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ)
The Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ) is a non-profit organisation that aspires for a society that is democratic, just and free where all peoples will enjoy free media and the freedom to express, seek, and impart information.
In response to the 1998 political crisis in Malaysia, a group of five journalists, writers and activists started a project to fill in the demand for critical analysis of the political issues confronting the public. They created a website, saksi.com (“saksi” is Malay for “witness”), which grew to become an important source of analytical and independent information. The strong and positive response to the website prompted the group to register as an organisation to carry out an independent news/content provider project. Thus, the Centre for Independent Journalism was born.
CIJ’s independent radio project RadiQRadio was implemented soon after and had at its peak a staff of 12 who contributed to the fledgling alternative media scene. In early 2003, CIJ explored different ways of broadening the scope of disseminating news across Malaysia. This included collaboration with an Indonesian radio station in Dumai for cross-border transmission. However, technical difficulties and the limited management experience of CIJ in running such a station posed insurmountable, and this particular project was discontinued.
Nevertheless, at the same time CIJ was moving into new, much-needed activities to improve journalism standards and press freedom in Malaysia. The organisation is the leading group in media freedom advocacy and other freedom of expression issues in Malaysia.
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta is an independent, non-profit organisation focusing on policy-oriented studies on domestic and international issues. It was established in 1971.
CSIS’s mission is to contribute to improved policy making through policy-oriented research, dialogue, and public debate.
This is based on the belief that long-term planning and vision for Indonesia and the region must be based on an in-depth understanding of economic, political and social issues including regional and international developments.
CSIS research and studies are channeled in various forms as independent input to government, universities and research institutions, civil society organizations, media, and business.
Democracywatch is an NGO working in promotion of democracy and good governance in Bangladesh since 1995. It conducts training and runs projects with a vision to build awareness on democracy and good governance. It also carries out research and opinion poll on different social and political dimensions. Democracywatch emphasizes most on education and awareness building of the young adults and women in the society. Towards this end, it runs courses on Lifestyle, Democracy Training Program, Internship Project with the Parliamentarians, IELTS, Basic Computing and English for General Purpose. Side by side, quiz, debate, dialogue session, and workshop on various issues of democracy are regularly carried out in an attempt to raise the confidence level of the youths.
Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia (IHRNA)
IHRNA is a network of people who advocate and promote the awareness of Indigenous human rights in Australia. We come together to facilitate access to information, expert advice, and the sharing of best practice solutions for indigenous people and peoples from a human rights approach.
Along with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, there are a number of International treaties and declarations and mechanisms which Indigenous human rights are protected.
Get active, learn more about indigenous human rights and connect with others who share your passion.
IQ² occupies a unique position in Australia’s social and intellectual landscape. It is the only institution in town – aside from Parliament – to provide a forum for debate on the crucial issues of the day.
But unlike Parliament, its debates are consistently exciting, witty, provocative – and comfortable, held as they are at the City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney and the Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne. Best of all, you are invited to watch the live debates and even participate.
Lembaga Penelitian, Pendidikan dan Penerangan Ekonomi dan Sosial (LP3ES)
Institute for Social and Economic Research, Education & Information (LP3ES) is a Non-Government Organization (NGO), which is non-profit and autonomous. It was founded by a group of intellectuals and student activists on August 19, 1971. Its formation was sparked by the felt need for developing alternative thinking for national development.
Lembaga Survei Indonesia (Indonesian Survey Institute)
The Institute regularly surveys public opinion on political issues and elections. It compares itself with GALLUP POLL, HARRIS POLL, ROPER and CROSLEY POLL
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
The establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is the culmination of years of hard work to re-create a national representative body. The Congress has been established as a company limited by guarantee and was incorporated in April 2010. Our vision is to be a national leader and advocate for recognising the status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Nation peoples.
About the Congress
The final model is based on:
- the highest standards of professionalism and objectivity
- clear principles and ethics: integrity, honesty, accountability, transparency, openness, participation and inclusion, being informed
- a non-government organisation
- an organisation which will raise corporate and philanthropic support and funds
The newdemocracy Foundation helps people reform Australia’s political system, by involving them in the process, so that government is more authentically democratic, deliberative and representative.
- newdemocracy wants to put people back into politics by facilitating their involvement in political processes.
- newdemocracy aims to promote, encourage and provide opportunities for discussion and thinking about the need for political reform
- newdemocracy aims to build public understanding of the current political system; its successes and failures; and initiate ideas about alternative political processes: ones with better representation and more participation, that would give citizens improved ownership in policy and decision making.
- newdemocracy is not a political organisation or political party. It is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2004.
The OpenAustralia Foundation
The OpenAustralia Foundation is a pioneering charity whose vision is to transform democracy in Australia. Our mission is to give all Australians the tools they need to effect the change they want. We create technologies that encourage and enable people to participate directly in the political process on a local, community and national level.
We currently do this through our three websites OpenAustralia.org, PlanningAlerts.org.au and ElectionLeaflets.org.au. These websites aim at finding better ways of making government, the public sector and political information freely and easily available for the benefit of all Australians. This transparency aims to encourage and inform people about how they can make a difference.
The OpenAustralia Foundation is a strictly non-partisan organisation. We are not the government, nor are we affiliated with any political party. We are simply passionate about making our democracy work. We believe that we can help to reinvigorate Australia’s civic culture by using powerful and exciting new technologies to inform and empower people, to address the growing disconnect between the Government and the people who elect it.
In 2004 Matthew Landauer and Katherine Szuminska attended the launch of TheyWorkForYou.com, a British website that encouraged people to find out what work their political representatives actually did for them. This speech and the success of the website inspired Matthew and Kat explore the possibilities of setting up a similar site here in Australia.
Three years later Matthew was given the opportunity by his then employer Rising Sun Pictures to take a week of paid charity leave. He used this time to develop the first, very rough, prototype of OpenAustralia.org. Since that time, with the help of volunteers and the odd charitable donation the OpenAustralia Foundation has achieved the following milestones.
Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy
The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) emphasizes the compatibility of Islamic and democratic political thought as central to its quest to find solutions for ongoing conflict and development challenges that affect the Muslim community of Mindanao. The council includes members from civil society, academia, the media, private sector, military, and government, as well as religious leaders; institutional partners include the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Asia Foundation. The organization’s research publications have addressed peace negotiations between the Philippine government and Moro National Liberation Front, the radicalization of Muslim communities in Southeast Asia, and models of peace education. It also sponsors seminars and conferences and supported the creation of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines. PCID was founded in 2002 by young Muslim leaders to help the Muslim minority in the Philippines become more effectively engaged on social and political issues.
Surveys and Training Group of Social Weather Stations (SWS)
SWS was established in August 1985 as a private non-stock, nonprofit social research institution. Its members, called Fellows, are social scientists in economics, political science, sociology, statistics, market research, and other fields.
Taiwan Association for Human Rights(TAHR)
TAHR was established on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 1984. At then, within an environment of repression and fear, not only didn’t Taiwanese people stop pursuing freedom, rule by law and democracy, but also organized human rights movements by founding TAHR. In this period, TAHR fought for basic civil and political rights, together with the growing social and political opposition movements. Campaigns including freeing political prisoners; ending the practice of blacklisting; and demanding freedoms of speech, association, and assembly.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
Taiwan’s peaceful transition to democracy is not only a historical accomplishment for its twenty-three million people, but a landmark in the worldwide spread of democracy. Only after years of struggle and effort could this transformation take place. We must never forget this history, for it shapes the cornerstone of our continued commitment to the principles of democracy and human rights.
The Foundation was established with an inter-related, two-tracked mission in mind. Domestically, the TFD strives to play a positive role in consolidating Taiwan’s democracy and fortifying its commitment to human rights; internationally, the Foundation hopes to become a strong link in the world? democratic network, joining forces with related organizations around the world. Through the years, Taiwan has received valuable long-term assistance and stalwart support from the international community, and it is now time to repay that community for all of its efforts.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy project in 2002. After much research and careful evaluation, the Ministry integrated the required resources from many sectors of society. In January 2003, the Ministry obtained the support of all political parties to pass the budget for the Foundation in the legislature. The TFD formally came into being on June 17, 2003, with its first meeting of the Board of Trustees and Supervisory Board. At that meeting, Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng was elected its first chairman. According to its By-laws, the TFD is governed by a total of fifteen trustees and five supervisors, representing political parties, the government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the business sector.
The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
With 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, DC, and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $98 million in program support and distributed nearly one million books and journals valued at over $42 million.
The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI)
CDI is Australia’s leading democracy promotion organisation, established by the Australian Government in 1998. Our mandate is to support the strengthening of democratic processes and institutions in Southeast Asia and the Pacific through knowledge sharing and interchange between Australia and our close neighbours. CDI’s focus is on parliamentary governance and political parties, with special attention to the quality of electoral processes and the promotion of women’s representation. Our main partner countries are East Timor, Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
CDI aims to harness Australian and international expertise in governance, institutional development and political practice in order to contribute to the development of good political leadership and robust, accountable democratic institutions in our region. Our objective is the transfer of skills and knowledge, not only from Australia to our partners but also amongst our partner countries themselves. We do this through intensive training courses for political practitioners and officials, capacity-building placements and interchanges with parliaments and parties. We pursue an agenda of policy-oriented research on issues related to parliaments, political parties, electoral systems, political leadership and representation.
CDI’s core budget is provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), as part of Australia’s overseas aid program. We also benefit from working cooperatively with a range of international development organisations, UN bodies and international NGOs. CDI is based at the Australian National University (ANU) in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Our location at ANU provides an institutional base for our operations and we are able to both draw upon and contribute to the intellectual resources and reputation of a premier centre of learning in Australia.
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), established in 1993 by Professor Rehman Sobhan with support from leading civil society institutions in Bangladesh, is mandated by its Deed of Trust to service the growing demand that originates from the emerging civil society of Bangladesh for a more participatory and accountable development process. CPD seeks to address this felt need by way of organising multistakeholder consultations, by conducting research on issues of critical national and regional interests, through dissemination of knowledge and information on key developmental issues, and by influencing the policy making process in the country.
In the process, CPD strives to bridge the gap between empirical research and policy advocacy through a sustained effort in public policy analysis. CPD endeavours to create a national environment conducive to open public discussion on important policy issues with a view to ensuring domestic ownership over the policy agenda and also building a broad-based support for such policies.
The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
What is so far the only organization of Asian liberals and democrats had its beginnings in another continent, and over bottles of beer. It was in the early 1990's, and an international conference of liberals was being held at Portugal's picturesque coastal town. As Filipino legislator Florencio Abad recalls it, he and a couple of other delegates from Taiwan and Thailand felt like taking a break from the official proceedings. Intending to unwind over a few drinks, they motored down to Lisbon with a German colleague, where they found a restaurant to their liking. What was supposed to be a night of relaxation, however, soon became an evening of serious musings. It turned out that the Asians had been feeling rather out of place at the conference, where the issues being talked about were so far removed from those that concerned their countries. There was, Abad would say later, simply no Asian agenda being discussed.
By the time the small group returned to Sintra, the idea of forming a new organization one that would be exclusively for Asian liberals – had already been discussed with enthusiasm. After all, there was increasing agitation for democratic reforms across Asia at the time. Just a few years before, a bloodless "People Power" revolution had toppled a military-backed dictatorship in the Philippines. This had apparently inspired the citizens of other countries in the region, which was pockmarked with authoritarian regimes, to speak up as well. More and more peoples who had been oppressed for decades were suddenly rediscovering their voices. Some regimes responded to this with brutality, but there were also those who had begun to relax their grip, allowing a small, yet significant, breathing space for democratic initiatives. To the Asian liberals then at Sintra, it made perfect sense to offer support to the growing pro-democratic forces in the region. One way to do this, they thought, was to set up an organization that would act as a forum for liberal and democratic ideas in Asia. This would not only encourage a common understanding of the basic principles of liberal democracy, but would also help the liberals form appropriate responses to problems.
The Korea Democracy Foundation(KDF)
KDF was created with the legislation of the Korea Democracy Foundation Act which was passed by the National Assembly with the belief that the spirit of the democracy movement should be extended, developed and acknowledged as a critical factor in bringing democracy to Korea.
The foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up for the purpose of enhancing Korean democracy through a variety of projects aimed at inheriting the spirit of the movement.
The Museum of Australian Democracy
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is an Executive Agency within the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio, with the Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts, as the responsible Minister.
Vision and role
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in Parkes, Canberra.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House helps people to understand Australia’s social and political history by interpreting the past and present and exploring the future. We achieve this by:
bringing alive the importance of Parliament in the lives of Australians;
interpreting, conserving and presenting the building and our collections;
providing entertaining and educational public programs; and
providing a range of other services that enhance the visitor experience.
The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy or PCCED
The Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy or PCCED is a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the effective promotion of good citizenship in a democracy through education. While it has only been recently registered, the members of the organization have been actively engaged in education for democracy work for many years. Members of the organization have been actively engaged, individually, in education for democracy such as Civitas Philippines, CivAsia, and Project Citizen.
The first major group initiative in education for democracy was in 2004, when the members successfully got a grant from the US Department of State Small Grants Commission to create the Civic Education Training Seminars. This was coursed through the Center for Research and Communication Foundation – a non-governmental organization affiliated with the University of Asia and the Pacific.
The second major initiative began in 2005 when Project Citizen was officially adapted for the high school level in the Philippines. However, it has been implemented in the University since 2001. In 2006, a Philippine delegation comprised of Dr. Paul Dumol, Mr. Mir Tillah, Mr. Luis Martin Gascon, Dr. Ferdinand Piñgul, and Ms. Monica Ang was invited to the US to be trained in the pedagogy. The official licensing agreement was signed, and in 2007, the first Project Citizen textbook was launched in the Philippines. The Philippine delegation also were given a session to plan out their initiatives, and this is when the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy was conceived.
The Sejong Institute
The Sejong Institute of the Sejong Foundation is a private non-profit research institute in the areas of security, national unification, and foreign affairs that is dedicated to suggesting a future map of the Republic of Korea.
Established in 1983, the Sejong Institute is a private think tank located in the Republic of Korea that is dedicated to conducting researches and making analyses on the past, present and future mid- and long-term national policies in the areas of security, national unification, and foreign affairs. As an affiliated organization of the Sejong Foundation, it has been active in developing policy alternatives for the promotion of security, peace, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula. In collaboration with numerous research fellows and experts from both domestic and international organizations, the Institute focuses its research programs and analyses mainly on security, inter-Korean relations, regional studies, and international political economy. Moreover, the Institute not only carries out various independent researches and analyses on these issues but also provides quality educational training services to related officials from both private and public sectors.
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The Permanent Forum was established by the UN in response to demands from indigenous peoples for a high level permanent body at the United Nations
The Permanent Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
According to its mandate, the Permanent Forum will:
provide expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the Council, as well as to programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations, through the Council
raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to indigenous issues within the UN system
prepare and disseminate information on indigenous issues
The Permanent Forum holds annual two-week sessions. The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in May 2002, and yearly sessions take place in New York. Sessions may also tape place in Geneva or another place decided by the Forum.
The Permanent Forum is one of three UN bodies that is mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples' issues. The others are the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur Rights of Indigenous Peoples.