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Young Progressives

Political Management Training for Young Progressives is an institutionalized regional program that capacitates its young, emerging leaders from its ranks with tools that aid and advance their political work. PMT asia, at the same time, consolidates these young leaders to help advance collective goals in the future under their progressive leadership. Progressive youth organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste undergo a 10-day program distributed in two clusters within a school year.


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Southeast Asia is dominated by young population (15-35 years old in average) composing 65% of the 500 million peoples in the region. Given the elitist nature of political systems in Southeast Asia, limitations to political education and participation within the system and unequal opportunities for young people, there is difficulty in accessing programmatic trainings in politics which are often only accessed by established politicians or trade unionists. Political parties and organizations also have difficulty in sustaining training programs because of lack of funding and unfavorable political environment.

Recognizing the need to consistently develop second liners and provide a capacity-building platform for a new generation of progressive leaders, the Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) developed its own political education and training program. A platform at the regional level where shared learning and collaboration is encouraged, the Political Management Training for Young Progressives (PMT), is an institutionalized regional program that caters to the young, emerging leaders from Socdem Asia member parties. To better cope with and respond to challenges of the times, young progressives are provided with analyses and tools that aid and advancetheir political work.

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Socdem Asia trains member organizations on polling, data analysis

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (Socdem Asia) trained communication and campaign officers from all over the region on political communications, polling, and data analysis from July 26-28 in Makati City, Philippines.

The Academy of Progressive Politics- Executive Course program gathered party officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Burma, Thailand, and the Philippines where they discussed with political campaign experts and reported on their experiences and accomplishments.

The course invited Kent Rowe of the Australian Labour International and Josel Gonzales, the chief of staff of Dinagat Island Gov. Kaka Bag-ao to discuss about winning campaign strategies in a panel on the first day.

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How to apply

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