Political Parties, Functions and Organisation in Democratic Societies
First Training Session (KASYP 2017-2018)
February 5 Sunday
February 5 - 10, 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Dr Kai-Ping HUANG, Dr Sandeep SHASTRI, Dr Terence LEE, Dr Segundo Doy ROMERO, et al
The 8th batch of the Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) met for the first time in Cambodia with participation from 9 different Asian countries to engage in a week long seminar of discussions with expert resource persons.
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The Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) is a regional programme for Asian political leaders aged 25-35 years old who have a keen interest in developing personal skills sets and knowledge capacities in order to better contribute to their political parties and communities back home.
19 participants from 9 different Asian countries met from 5th to 10th February for a week long seminar to discuss, engage with and develop skills sets from experience sharing with expert resource persons as well as from each other. This was the first time KASYP had participants from Mongolia and Sri Lanka.
The week long training programme provided an overview on political parties, functions and organisation in democratic societies where the discussion was focused on the need for political parties to play a more effective role in policy development, leadership and organisation given regional trends in youth participation for example.
The training programme began with a conceptual understanding of role of political parties in areas of ideology making and promotion, youth engagement and understanding its role against the domestic and international political climate. Dr Kai-Ping Huang of National Taiwan University introduced the ideology discussion providing retrospective background and developments in schools of thought, concluding on the role of political parties in interpreting ideology. She also iterated the important role of political parties as political institutions and its role in delivering crucial democratic goods to citizens. This discussion was followed up upon by Dr Terence Lee of National University of Singapore in regards to the necessity in understanding the international and regional political climate and its plausible impacts on national politics and the trends posited thus far. Dr Shastri of Jain University and Director, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Education complimented the discussion with a reverse perspective on the possibilities where national political developments can equally impact the regional flora, which is very much the case in the South Asian region. After understanding the theoretical and current political landscape, participants were invited to a public panel organised by KAS country office in Phnom Penh on the topic of “Crisis in Representation: Where is the Youth Voice in Politics?”. Dr Huang and Dr Shastri presented separate presentations on the trends of youth political participation in Southeast Asia/East Asia and South Asia respectively. They presented both challenges and opportunities for youth engagement in politics. This discussion was developed further with a local panel with invited speakers from both the ruling and opposition Cambodian political parties as well as youth representatives themselves.
The following day continued with site visits to the National Assembly, National Election Commission and presentations from GIZ’s work in decentralisation and administrative reform project in Cambodia. Participants engaged in active dialogue session with Members of Parliament – Hon. Sous Yara from Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and Hon. Chea Poch from Cambodian National Rescue Party. Both MPs shared their political experience and motivations as young political leaders in their respective parties. Following this meeting, participants were introduced to the National Assembly, its structure and procedures. This was done within the format of a tour and presentation by the Head of Research. Participants also got a photo opportunity with H.E. Soksan Hing, Deputy Secretary General of the National Assembly and KASYP alumnus from batch 1. Following their visit to the lower house, participants met and discussed contemporary reforms to the electoral system and voting procedures with Dr. Hang Puthea, Comissioner of the National Election Committee as well as its Secretary General. After the dialogue session, GIZ representatives – Ms Maraile Goergen and Mr Kunrath Men, presented the country focused GIZ project in Cambodia. Participants gained much insight into the government-to-government approach as well as the challenges in implementing uniform administrative reforms in reality, among other topic areas.
The participants concluded the training programme with a 2.5 day project management training workshop, conducted by our in-house KASYP trainer, Dr Romero. In this segment of the workshop, participants were introduced to core tools for effective project conceptualisation. Dr Romero brought them through each selected tool with exercises and presentations. The workshop concluded with presentations of projects developed over the course of the two days, using various tools such as SWOT, stakeholder analysis, to name a few. The programme then concluded with an educational tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.
This batch will meet next in Penang, Malaysia for their second training programme in “Local Governance and Development”.
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