“Building A Better Asia:future Leaders’ Dialogue”
2007-08 Theme
Building The Common Good In Asia”

The Nippon Foundation and its affiliates the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation , have supported and implemented a variety of people exchange and human resources development projects. The almost 30,000 alumni of these projects represent a vast and diverse pool of talent that spans the globe.

To build upon this outstanding record of private philanthropy the Nippon Foundation Group in 2006 started a process of follow-up activities that seeks to promote and deepen continuous interactions between and among the participants of these past projects and creating new links in enhancing relationships between those from different projects. This new initiative is called – “Building a Better Asia: Future Leaders’ Dialogue”. Its ultimate objective is to nurture future leaders for Asia from this vast and diverse pool of human resources so that they can contribute to the building of a better Asia in the future.

The first program was held in September 2006 in Peking University. The 2006 theme was “Reconciliation Reconsidered” and focused on issues such as Development and Governance, Political Transition, Media, Innovation and Technology and Civil Society.

Due to the tremendous success of the first retreat in Peking University the promoters of the programme decided to organize two annual retreats for 2007-08 one each in China and India. The retreat in China was hosted by Peking University from 9-16 September 2007, and the retreat in India will be hosted by the International Centre, Goa from 16th to 24th February 2008. The theme for the 2007-08 retreats will be –“Building the Common Good in Asia” and will focus on issues such as Economic and Social Disparities, Promoting Social Security, Sustainable Development, Participatory Mobility, Capacity Building and Efficient Governance. more>>

The lectures are aimed at deepening the participants’ knowledge of a set of emerging issues in Asia and to foster the art of leadership in solving problems. In addition, group work for the purpose of enhancing long-lasting relationships among the participants was encouraged.

Applications are now invited for the Retreat at The International Centre, Goa, India . Only the direct beneficiaries of projects implemented/supported by the organizations of The Nippon Foundation Group, such as The Nippon Foundation, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the Tokyo Foundation in Asian countries are invited to submit their applications. A total of 25 participants will be selected.

Final Note: The organizers have also provided a small grant for each of the retreat. Participants can apply on a competitive basis for projects on which they can work together. It is intended to provide continuous interaction among them and to work on their ideas.

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