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Poverty alleviation initiatives in asean

Poverty Alleviation Initiatives in ASEAN

Prepared for the 2nd ASEAN Plus Three Seminar on Poverty Alleviation

Beijing, 25 September 2006


  • Prior to 1997: poverty alleviation work was ad-hoc

  • October 1997: Inaugural Meeting of ASEAN Ministers for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (AMRDPE) was held in Malaysia.

    • AMRDPE adopted a Framework Plan of Action on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (RDPE) and an ASEAN Action Plan on Social Safety Nets (SSN)

Regional mandates
Regional Mandates

Bali Concord I (1976)

  • “the elimination of poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy is a primary concern of member states.”

    ASEAN 2020 (1997)

  • “We envision a socially cohesive and caring ASEAN where hunger, malnutrition, deprivation and poverty are no longer basic problems…”

  • “We commit ourselves to moving towards closer cohesion and economic integration, narrowing the gap in level of development among member countries…”

    Bali Concord II (2003)

  • “…foster cooperation in social development aimed at raising the standard of living of disadvantaged groups and the rural population....”

  • “The development and enhancement of human resources is a key strategy for employment generation, alleviating poverty and socio-economic disparities, and ensuring economic growth with equity”

Activities with partners
Activities with Partners

  • With UNDP

    • Training of facilitators on rural development (2001)

    • Building/Enhancing capacity for research, assessment and monitoring of poverty (2001)

    • Regional Workshop on ASEAN Cooperation in Poverty Reduction and the MGDs (2005)

  • With AusAID

    • ASEAN-Australia Social Safety Nets project convened four policy workshops (2001-2002) to address targeting and rapid assessment mechanisms; the delivery of social services, the role of national and local governments; and partnerships in social policy.

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Activities with Partners

With the World Bank

  • “Mainstreaming Social Development in the National Development Agenda”

    • Video conferences on sustainable rural development, and on targeted social protection (2001)

    • ASEAN-WB joint activity on Local Participation in Rural Poverty Reduction (2003-2004)

    • ASEAN-WB Tokyo Development Learning Centre Initiative on Learning Programmes on Rural Poverty and Deevlopment (2005 to date – ongoing)

Activities with partners 3
Activities with Partners (3)

  • With the EU

    • Regional Workshop on Strengthening Social Protection Systems in ASEAN (2006)

  • With Japan

    • Regional Workshop on Poverty Eradication – One Tambon One Product (2005)

Next steps
Next Steps

  • A new Plan of Action for Rural Development and Poverty Reduction (2004-2010) was adopted by the 4th AMRDPE in October 2004.

Asean goals for poverty
ASEAN goals for poverty

  • In concert with the UN Millennium Development Goals, new Plan addresses:

    • Globalisation

    • Narrowing the Digital Divide

    • Social Protection

    • Employment and Income Generation

    • Partnerships, Decentralisation and Local Participation

    • Narrowing the Development Gap

    • Rural Volunteer Movements

    • Public Information

Asean goals for poverty1
ASEAN goals for poverty

  • Emphasis on

    • capacity-building

    • enhanced information- and knowledge-sharing for inclusion

    • Recognition of the role of local communities and civil society in any initiative for rural poverty reduction.

Links with civil society organisations
Links with Civil Society Organisations

  • Affiliate Status of ASIAN Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

Thank you

Thank you!

More information at www.aseansec.org