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Campaign Strategy Training For Young Politicians

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (Socdem Asia), in partnership with the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), Strategy Academy and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Mongolia Office recently conducted an onlline training for young candidates from the MPP who will contest the upcoming October local elections.

Seeking to contribute to the political strategy development of its member parties under the framework of “Transformative Changemaking” (TCM). Responding to a request from the MPP, Socdem Asia developed this tailor-fitted series of Campaign Strategy Training for Young Politicians. Participants were given basic training on mappig the prevailing youth discourse under the framework of Transformative Changemaking (TCM), Basics in political communications and elements of a campaign narrative, and on the campaign phases and infrastructure as well as on volunteer management.

Socdem Asia recognizes that it is essential for progressives to reinvent themselves with new ways of building up a societal base that tips the balance of power toward transformation. This demands new methods for building up social support, reaching out to the untapped constituencies, consolidating around a narrative and a concrete action-oriented project that exemplifies the kind of politics progressives espouse and practice.

Online Activities for Party Educators Training

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) partnership with the Olof Palme International Center, this online training was conducted to help political party educators from the member parties of SocDem Asia on how to integrate the use of online tools which have now gained widespread use because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures undertaken to address it. The training looked into digital and online tools such as Slack, Zoom, and others which can be utilized to create a good learning experience for trainees.

The training focused on increasing the capacitites of parties in conducting qualitative online trainings and academies such as on knowledge of how to plan and design for effective learning online, understanding of several online learning tools and their most common features, understanding roles and responsibilities that are required to lead and conduct online learning, and designing and facilitating inclusion, participation and the use of a group’s collective intelligence and experiences.

Participants were from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste.

Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) Statement on the arrest of Democratic Action Party Leader Lim Guan Eng

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia), a regional network of social democratic and progressive political parties condemns the recent arrest by the Malaysian authorities against Democratic Action Party (DAP) Leader Lim Guan Eng. It is clear from the circumstances that his arrest is politically motivated and part of an overall attempt by the government to silence the democratic opposition.

We stand in solidarity with our sister party the DAP on its fight for transparency, justice and progress for Malaysia.

Mr. Lim Guan Eng's arrest was effected on the evening of Thursday, August 6 based on charges similar to those which have previously been dismissed by the judiciary. It is clear that this arrest is tantamount to political prosecution.

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