Call for Applications: The 1st Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy (GALA Asia)
20 June 2013 2:32 pm

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Asian Development Alliance (ADA) announce the call for applications for the 1st Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy (GALA Academy) to be held in Bogor, Indonesia on 25-31 August 2013.

The GALA Academy is a new training programme aimed to strengthen advocacy capacity of the mid-level staff in CSOs and thereby facilitating second-tier leadership for strategic “glo-cal (global and local)” actions on key human rights and development issues as well as related regional and international processes. The GALA Academy builds on the experiences and lessons from a variety of capacity building activities that FORUM-ASIA has conducted for the last 20 years, including the Annual Training and Study Sessions for Asian Human Rights Defenders (ATSS), with the view to empower Asian CSOs and defenders to develop knowledge and key skills for their human rights and development work.

This weeklong training is aimed at full time mid- or high-level staff in a national NGO/CSO in South, Southeast and Northeast Asia who:

  • have a minimum 5 years experience in the field of policy and advocacy on human rights or/and development;
  • are committed to work in the same organization at least until the end of 2015;
  • have sufficient knowledge and experiences on national/regional/UN human rights mechanisms and/or MDGs, Post-2015 Development Agenda and preferably, basic knowledge and experiences about GPEDC, Rio+20, G20; and
  • are able to communicate well in English (both spoken and written)

Candidates are required to fill out the application form (annex 1) and submit it with a letter of recommendation from the head of their organization (annex 2) as well as an essay on the final report of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (annex 3).
Please see the links to these documents at the bottom of this page.

Completed applications must be sent by email to by FRIDAY 5 JULY 2013.

Each NGO/CSO is encouraged to recommend two applicants – one male and one female candidate- in order to ensure gender balance among participants during the selection process

For any inquiries or information on the 1st GALA Academy, please contact us at

GALA Academy Brochure

GALA Academy Application Form

GALA Academy Recommendation Letter Form

GALA Academy Essay Form