Party ideologues, policy officers, and education officers from 10 member parties gather for the first Executive Course under Socdem Asia's Academy of Progressive Politics
Socdem APP Executive Course 1: Ideas, Policy, and Education aims for a rethinking of social democracy in the rise of authoritarian and populist leaders. It challenges participants to evaluate how their proposed policies realize social democratic values and build a social welfare society. It looks at good practices and new innovations and tools can be incorporated in developing and further strengthening party education programs.
Leading the discussions on ideology are German social democratic thinker Professor Thomas Meyer, Filipino Feminist Professor Sylvia Estrada Claudio. Philippine Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Luis Martin Gascon, UNI- Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Christopher Ng share the challenges and learning for promoting the values of democracy and human rights, and the need for closer cooperation between political parties and the trade union movements, respectively.
Looking at country experiences, Antonia Verstappen of the New Zealand Labor shares New Zealand's shift to promoting development through the "Wellbeing Budget", while Professor Hasubullah Thabrani presents existing social welfare programs in Indonesia and how it can be expanded for greater coverage. Deputy Education Minister Nie Ching Teo, a member of Parliament from Democratic Action Party in Malaysia, and Member of Parliament-elect Martin Manurung from NasDem Party in Indonesia share their experiences in constituency building and party strengthening.
Indonesian capacity building trainor Gregorius Tjaidjadi and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Philippines Program Coordinator Augustus Cerdeba review and discuss classical and new trends and tools on education and training. While, Benedict Hugosson from the Social Democratic Party of Sweden gives a walk through of his Party's leadership and capacity building program for its members.
Course 1 took place in Denpasar, Indonesia last 28-30 June 2019. Course 2 of Socdem APP will focus on Party Campaign Strategy, Data Management, and Political Communications.