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Asia Pacific Competence


Asia Pacific Competence

Here teams meet to exchange on local community response in Asia Pacific region. Members so far from Cambodia, France, India, Indonesia, Philippines, PNG, Singapore, Thailand & yes, Netherlands New Zealand & UK!

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Latest Activity: Feb 29, 2016


Booth at ICAAP - Korea, 26-30 August

Started by Marlou. Last reply by Rituu B. Nanda Aug 14, 2011. 6 Replies

Dear Friends, Carrying forward here the exchange started on a Constellation booth at ICAAP.We are hoping many Constellation friends will make it to the conference and will be able to 'manage' the…Continue

Partial Scholarship to ICAAP at Busan Korea, how could we look for the rest?

Started by wiwin winarni Jul 17, 2011. 0 Replies

Dear All;Facing several days to ICAAP at Busan, I find such a challenge. I've got partial scholarship (free registration) from the committee, but then still there is not yet any confirmation from…Continue

Sustainability of Country Teams

Started by Marlou. Last reply by Gaston Jun 23, 2011. 1 Reply

Hello dear friends, Here is a comment from ADB on our draft final report:"Sustainability of country teams: The outline for sustainability is not easy to grasp. Perhaps because there are no clear cut…Continue

Tags: teams, country, sustainability

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Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on July 28, 2012 at 2:57pm

Dear Members,


Recently CCTV anchor James Chau interviewed Mr J.V.R. Prasada Rao, UN Secretary General Special Envoy for AIDS Asia & the Pacific, in Washington.

Mr Rao stressed that principles of tolerance and inclusiveness are extremely important for effective response to HIV. He also shared the message from Alternative International AIDS Conference for Sex workers and touched upon the issue of acccess to drugs.

You can view the interview at :

Warm regards,

Rituu B Nanda

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on May 2, 2012 at 12:06pm

We are delighted to share that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed J.V.R. Prasada Rao as his Special Envoy for AIDS in the Asia Pacific region.

Heartiest congratulations Mr Rao! We wish you all the best for your new appointment. You have always extended strong support to India civil Society and hope you will continue to guide and support us.


Said the UN Secretary General- ...

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Prasada Rao as my new Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS for Asia Pacific. Dr. Rao has demonstrated his strong leadership of the AIDS response for 14 years, first as the Director of India’s National AIDS Control Organization, and later as regional director of UNAIDS for Asia and the Pacific.

I am confident that as my Special Envoy, Dr. Rao, will help to achieve an HIV-free generation in the region...

UN Secretary General's  full statement can be accessed at

Mr Rao will take over the position in July this year from Dr Nafis Sadik who served in the role since 2002. Mr Rao began his engagement with HIV issues when he became Director of India’s National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in 1997. During his time with NACO he successfully made India’s response to the epidemic truly multi-sectoral by engaging a broad range of international partners. His experience and contribution to the AIDS response led him to being appointed as the Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’ (UNAIDS) Regional Support Team in Asia Pacific and subsequently as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UNAIDS. He served as Commissioner Secretary of two Independent Commissions on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific whose recommendations have strongly influenced the political thinking of countries in the region. He is also the Commissioner Secretary of the Global Commission on HIV and the law, constituted by the United Nations Development Programme, which is mandated to provide recommendations to countries and regional and global agencies for creating a more supporting legal framework to eliminate HIV related stigma and discrimination.

Warm regards,

Rafique and Rituu

(on behalf of India Civil Society e-forum

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 21, 2012 at 5:28pm

A warm welcome to Sarah Jewell to this group! Sarah is from Australia.

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on April 8, 2012 at 8:11pm

Easter Greetings to members of Asia Pacific Competence group!


I warmly welcome Dr Sandeep from India to this group. He has done substantial work in the area of polio. India's work in this issue has been impressive. I look forward to Sandeep's sharing on this and other experiences.


Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on March 27, 2012 at 6:47am

 Applications are now open for the 2012 Asia Pacific Youth Network Youth Ambassador program - Deadline: April 10


This is the third cycle of APYN Youth Ambassadors!  The deadline for application is 10 April 2012 11:30pm Hong Kong time. Incomplete applications and ones submitted after the deadline will not be considered.   While this is a great opportunity, we are warning you that it’s a lot of work!   What’s this all about?   The APYN Youth Ambassador initiative is a leadership learning and networking opportunity for young people in Asia Pacific who want to develop their leadership skills with APYN and campaigns for social change. Youth Ambassadors are volunteers. They do not recieve payment. All successful Ambassadors must commit for a period of 18 months, from selection announcement until December 2013.   Over an 18 month period, you will work with young human rights activists/advocates/interested individuals from across the Asia Pacific Region to develop your own projects in one of the following streams: 1) Local Community; 2) Regional Campaign; and 3) Online Facilitation.


For more information, please visit the following link:

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on January 2, 2012 at 11:08am

The Countdown Begins...
Time for long-term New Year Resolutions

Where will you be on February 15, 2012?

Think quickly… in a meeting, on a plane or at a computer….or, perhaps, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia?
Quite simply answered: If you have resolved to go on a learning journey with your community in the coming year, you will be one of the many who are converging in Yogyakarta on that day, for an interactive session on the power of appreciating strengths.

Organised by IndoCompetence and the Constellation, the four-day Yogyakarta, Indonesia, programme aims to encourage communities from all walks of life to realize that they certainly do have the capacity to respond to life issues, to envision and to act. Through participatory sessions with communities, facilitators of the Constellation will help participants discover and reveal their own strengths by asking appreciative questions. At the Constellation, we call this mode of interaction with communities ‘SALT’: Stimulate, Appreciate, Listen, Learn and Transfer.


So as you sit face-to-face with people sharing indigenous solutions to community issues - many of which will be like those you tackle every day, irrespective of what part of the world you inhabit or which community you belong to, you will attain what SALT visit participants have over the years described to be “a transforming experience.

MSM) and the community who works in synergy with the local government in providing comprehensive services for women who are the victims of violence.
The Yogyakarta SALT visit is one of the series of four International SALT visits, organized throughout 2012, in four different locations, the other three being: Guyana, Francophone Guinée, and India.

Interestingly, what each SALT visit does have in common is the opportunity to experience a strengths-based approach to help communities- as diverse as AIDS workers, grassroots volunteers, beauticians and church groups - realize that the dream plan of action has always been within them: belief, perspective and a dash of SALT, was all that was needed to bring it to the fore.

Participants will cover their own travel, accommodation costs and participation fee. For more information or to confirm participation at one or more of the SALT visits, please contact Marlou (


For more information on the Yogjakarta programme, please contact WiwinWinarni ( or RisyaKori (

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on January 2, 2012 at 11:04am

Dear Sarah and Raphael,

A warm welcome to Asia Pacific Competence group! Here is wishing you and the entire group a very happy new year.



Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on December 23, 2011 at 1:22pm

Dear All,

Indo Competence and the Constellation are organising International SALT visits in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in Feb 2012. To know more about this exciting event visit this link

Warm regards,


Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on September 26, 2011 at 4:56pm

Dear All,

Please find Khun Usa's blog on ICAAP. Its a must read



Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on September 23, 2011 at 2:00pm

AusAID- Human Rights Grants Scheme (HRGS) 2011-2012 is now open.

The key changes to the 2011-2012 HRGS are detailed below.

Eligibility of organisations

To be eligible for funding under the 2011–2012 HRGS organisations must be based and operate in the following countries:

Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Middle East: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian territories

Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Pacific: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,

Latin America and Caribbean: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Cuba, Haiti


Grants will be awarded as a single payment for the Australian valued of between AUD20,000–AUD100,000 depending on the project requirements

Read more at:


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