Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy

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“Mainstreaming Human Rights and Democracy
into Post-2015 Development Goals”
August 2~8, 2014 / St-Gabriel Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand



The Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia (GALA) Academy is a joint initiative by three leading regional
civil society networks working in the field of human rights, development and democracy in Asia –
namely, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Development
Alliance (ADA) and Asia Democracy Network (ADN)- with the aim to strengthen the international
advocacy capacity of mid- and high-level staff in CSOs and thereby facilitate second-tier leadership for
strategic “glocal (global and local)” actions on key human rights, development and democracy issues as
well as related regional and international processes. The GALA Academy is also part of continued
endeavors by human rights and development CSOs in the region to meaningfully activate intrinsic
linkages between the agendas of the two communities.

The 2nd session of the GALA Academy builds on the experiences of the 1st
GALA Academy, which took  place in August 2013, and will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, for 7 full days from 27 July to 2 August 2014.  FORUM-ASIA will be the local host.


The general objective of the GALA Academy is to enhance the capacity and shared understanding of
the next generation of CSO leaders in Asia, who will play a crucial and constructive role in the national,
regional and international advocacy on human rights, development and democracy.

By the end of the weeklong training, participants are expected to have attained the following specific
objectives: 1) developed an understanding of the international policy-agenda and processes related to
human rights, development and democracy in the context of Post-2015 Development Agenda;
2) improved strategic and critical thinking by linking global discourses and local contexts; and
3) enhanced collaboration among CSOs in the region in developing cross-sectoral advocacy action
plans based on collective analysis.


The GALA Academy will be conducted in a participatory manner using methods such as presentations,
group discussions and exercises. Several resource persons from diverse backgrounds (NGOs, UN,
researchers and academics, etc.) will be invited to facilitate the sessions. Audio-visual materials will also
be used to facilitate communication and inter-cultural learning.