Promoting Social Democratic Thinking, Alternatives and Practices


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SOCDEM Asia Political Programme

Promoting Social Democratic Thinking, Alternatives and Practices
Approved November 2018

Socdem Asia is a regional grouping of political parties, platforms, and movements who share social democratic values and perspectives and work to combat inequality and ensure human dignity for all. Together we aim to promote the values and practices of social democracy and fight for alternatives to elitist politics and neoliberal capitalist economic organization.

Continuing Democratic Contestation in Asia

Home to more than half the world’s population, Asia a crucial cog in the machine that is globalization. The region’s march along economic integration had not translated into development that is equitable nor inclusive,  even as the region achieved vaunted levels of growth.

The economic growth taking place in Asia is within the dominant framework of neo-liberal, free-market economics.  Asian economies have been marked by the conditionalities of international financial institutions (IFIs), in tandem with national and global elites and transnational corporations aggressively promoting a narrow vision of development centered one-sidedly on GDP growth, investment inflows, trade expansion, and fiscal stability. This often comes at the expense of wiping out entire industries and agriculture across Asia, destroying the region’s natural resources, and working people’s being pushed down into unprecedented levels of poverty and marginalization.

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Socdem Asia Statement on the Mar 24 elections in Thailand

Socdem Asia is wishing Thailand a peaceful, fair and free elections that represents the will of the Thai people. We send our best wishes and wish for more power to Future Forward Party and Commoners Party, affiliate parties of Socdem Asia!

This is the first elections since the military junta takeover in 2014. We recognize though that democracy and civic freedoms have a long way to go in the country despite today's democratic exercise. Leading to today's polls, opposition parties continue to be harassed and intimidated as the military junta try to maintain power and tip the scales in their favor.

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Network for Social Democracy in Asia Activity Highlights 2018

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It was a dynamic and productive 2018 for the Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia). Last year, the network has delivered its line up of initiatives and introduced new activities all to further the social democratic agenda in the region.
We started the year with convening feminists from all over the region to determine progressive legislation for narrowing the gender gap. We held workshops for policy makers to create more inclusive economies, for parties to embark on more strategic and transformative campaigns, and for young progressives to tackle the bane of populism head on. We explored the possibility of an Asian social welfare model and introduced the essentials for catalytic projects. We built on the knowledge of young leaders from our member-parties and trained them to become skilled electoral campaigners. We welcomed new members to the SocDem Asia family.
It was a year of remarkable cooperation with our members and partners from Asia and beyond.  Let’s look back on the SocDem Asia highlights of 2018 as we welcome 2019 with renewed solidarity.