U.S. Embassy Hosts Good Governance Workshop for Young Southeast Asian Leaders in Manila

More than 70 emerging leaders from civil society, government and academia from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam are participating in the 2022 Regional Workshop of the Southeast Asian Young Leaders Initiative: Guardians of Good Governance.


Manila, July 12, 2022—From July 6-9, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and U.S. NGO Cultural Vistas hosted the 2022 Regional Workshop of the Young Leaders Initiative of Southeast Asia (YSEALI) in Manila: Guardians of good governance.

The workshop hosted over 70 emerging leaders from civil society, government and academia from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam for four days of intensive discussions on using civic education to promote good governance.

During the program, participants visited institutions and local governments in Metro Manila to learn best practices in promoting civic participation and demanding transparency and accountability. Sites included Manila-based NGOs such as the Ayala Foundation and Galing Pook, the governance institutes of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, and the local governments of Pasig City, Quezon City, Valenzuela City and San Juan City.

“The U.S. government is committed to investing in human capital development by empowering and partnering with emerging leaders like you to solve common problems and build a better future in the region and beyond,” said Heather, acting charge d’affaires of the United States Embassy in the Philippines. Variava in his closing remarks.

The program ended with a cultural reception to celebrate the month of friendship between the Philippines and the United States, the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-US diplomatic relations.

Launched in 2013, YSEALI is the US government’s flagship program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including American educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capacities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between states United States and Southeast Asia and to nurture an ASEAN community. .

Learn more about YSEALI on https://yseali.state.gov/.

Helen D. Jessen