Support for the ASEAN Secretariat (AA)

Project description

Title: ASEAN Secretariat post-2015 – institutional strengthening and capacity development (ASEC Post 2015)
Commissioned by: Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany (AA)
Country: All 10 ASEAN Member States
Lead executing agency: ASEAN
Overall term: 2016 to 2018

2. Participants at a training event on statistical data dissemination in the ASEAN region. 2013. © GIZ

Context
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in 1967. Its main purpose is to preserve peace and stability in the region, to expand political, economic, social and cultural cooperation, and to promote regional integration. When the ASEAN Charter came into force in December 2008, it paved the way for far-reaching institutionalisation and reinforcement of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). One of the key challenges is to ensure effective coordination between the various ASEAN bodies and working groups, the Committee of Permanent Representatives and the National ASEAN Secretariats.

Together with the Member States, ASEC is also responsible for achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in areas of security policy, culture and economic development.

Objective
ASEC contributes towards effectively implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and strengthening regional cooperation and integration in the ASEAN region.

2) Support for ASEC. Event on preventing corruption with Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission. (Photo: Rafly Rinaldy) © GIZ

Approach

The project is supporting ASEC’s strategic administration departments and staff units as they professionalise their activities. It is also working with the ASEC division that is establishing the ASEAN Economic Community. With this in mind, the project team is involved in strengthening the capacities of technical and managerial staff, developing organisational processes and setting up technical policy dialogue.

The effectiveness of German support is being enhanced through close cooperation with the Capacity Development for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (CD AIPA) II project commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), and the Assistance in Preventing and Fighting Corruption and Support to ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions projects commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project partners include ASEC, ASEAN bodies and regional and national actors such as ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) and Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The project team is also involving civil society and public and private actors in its work with a view to ensuring a citizen-centric community. For example, as part of its public relations and communications activities, the project is promoting a regional journalists’ network, and working with academic institutions such as the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the University of Singapore to support ASEC’s legal unit.

3) Support for ASEC. Event on ASEAN contracts with the Centre for International Law (CIL). (Photo: Rafly Rinaldy) © GIZ