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October 03, 2016
I met Thu Thu at the YSEALI summit in Laos last month- she was one of the 175 participants who joined us for the summit. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) builds the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and... Read More
September 12, 2016
Over the past week, I’ve had the privilege to visit Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the State Department-sponsored 2016 Summit of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). My colleagues in our Asia division put on a flawless program that included trainings in monitoring and evaluation... Read More
February 01, 2016
In the Philippines, a group of young leaders are working to stem long-running conflict in the country’s restive Mindanao Province and in southern Thailand, another conflict-prone region, by engaging community leaders in environmentally sound, social enterprises to foster sustainable economic growth... Read More
December 02, 2015
Gabriel has cerebral palsy. He cannot hold objects due to his severe muscle spasticity. But in school, his teachers compel him to write because it is required. The untenable situation forces Gabriel to leave school, in a narrative that plays out in classrooms across the globe. Gabriel’s story is a... Read More
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The My Idea Team

Kathleen Young Ricardo, Eduard Joseph Narciso, Quy Nguyen and Rolando Villamero Jr.
August 21, 2015
With last Wednesday’s announcement of the 2015 winners of the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future grants, IRI is excited to kick-start the second year of partnering... Read More
August 10, 2015
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) becomes an increasingly integrated community, the region’s youth from Jakarta to Manila and Yangon to Bangkok are connecting at unprecedented rates and taking a larger role in addressing their communities’ most challenging issues.  Over... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
May 12, 2015
Every April Indonesia celebrates the life and work of Raden Ayu Kartini, known across Indonesia simply as Kartini.  Born in 1879, Kartini was a Javanese aristocrat who defied strict social norms that denied women access to education.  Kartini became a light for women who wanted to get... Read More
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Hasna Wihdatun Nikmah

Program Assistant, Indonesia
March 09, 2015
Women coming together to better the lives of others is the spirit and essence of International Women’s Day.  IRI partners Ranitya Nurlita and Lusi Efriani truly embody this spirit in their work in Southeast Asia.  Ranitya and Lusia, both from Indonesia, have received seed funding through... Read More
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Rebecca Buursma

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
November 14, 2014
Since 2011, Phnom Penh-based Young Women Leadership Network (YWLN) has encouraged young women in Cambodia to engage with their communities and work toward positive changes in government and social development.  Through training programs that focus on empowerment, effective advocacy and... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division