Southeast Asia—ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization with the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2018-2023

Region: Asia and the Pacific

Country: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Solutions: Economic Growth Governance Fragile States

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 10 southeast Asian countries. Since 1977, the United States has partnered with ASEAN to promote regional cooperation on pressing issues of joint interest. ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT will build on the achievements of its predecessor project, ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS, to continue to support ASEAN to address transnational challenges, promote transparent and effective governance, and to elevate the rights and opportunities for women and other vulnerable groups. PROSPECT is based in Jakarta, near the ASEAN Secretariat.

ASEAN-Youth-Video-Contest-Participants-from-AMS.jpgASEAN Youth Video Contest participants from ASEAN Member States.

Sample Activities

  • Engage diverse stakeholders—including governments, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other donor projects—to participate in issue-based coalitions.
  • Build ASEAN’s and member states’ capacity to resolve regional and global challenges.
  • Support ASEAN and member states in advancing regional integration to enhance the rule of law and uphold human rights.

Select Results

  • Provided technical expertise to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children to develop and launch regional guidelines to address the needs of victims of trafficking and a complementary model implementation toolkit for practitioners working across all 10 ASEAN countries.
  • Co-sponsored the 6th ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Youth Debate on “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” in Bangkok, Thailand, an annual debate competition to encourage youth from across ASEAN to engage with each other and their ASEAN representatives on human rights issues.
  • Supported the ASEAN University Network for Human Rights Education to launch its study, “Remapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia” among senior education officials, AICHR, and other human rights representatives and identify opportunities to strengthen human rights and peace education across universities in the ASEAN region.
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