【Call for Participation】2020 Global NGO Forum on International Development is Now Open for Registration!!!

The Global NGO Forum on International Development, formerly named 'Asian NGOs International Development Conference', is the largest biennial meeting focused on discussion of international development issues in Taiwan, as well as the flagship event of Taiwan Alliance in International Development (Taiwan AID).  Previously, the 'Asian NGOs International Development Conference' already completed 4 Editions from 2012 to 2018 and so far, more than 150 guest speakers and 1,200 participants in total attended the events. Over the last 8 years, the Conference was mainly concentrated on regional perspective with most of the speakers from Asia. This year, Taiwan AID would like to further extend the meeting to a global scope and rename as 'Global NGO Forum on International Development', aiming to invite speakers from all over the world to shed light on the latest trends and progress related with international development, particularly under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.

Observing the needs for Taiwan to strengthen its contribution to effective development cooperation, civil society aims to explore the commonality and differences of government-civil society partnerships practiced in various countries, as a means to fostering mutual learning on CSO enabling environment and providing policy reference for a comprehensive framework which is suitable for the context in Taiwan.

As a result, the main theme of the Forum will focus on 'Inclusive Partnership between Government and Civil Society in International Development' with 6 sub-themes:

1.     New trends in effective development cooperation and ODA policies;

2.     Tracking of 5-year progress of SDGs;

3.     Challenges, opportunities, best practices and an enabling environment for the inclusive partnership between government, private sector and civil society;

4.     Social impact and innovation in international development;

5.     Empowerment and participation of youth and vulnerable groups: youth, women, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants;

6.     Impact of COVID-19 on International Development Cooperation and Multi-stakeholder Partnership.

Let's engage in the conversation with global NGO communities to create a fairer and better world!

Keynote Speakers:

Mr. Sam Worthington (CEO, InterAction, USA)

Dr. Eun mee KIM (Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Women’s University, Korea)

Dr. Chien-jen Chen (Former Vice President/ Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica)

 Main Theme: Inclusive Partnership between Government and Civil Society in International Development

●Date:  Monday, Oct. 5 to Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

● Venue:  Conference Room, 1st Floor of Howard Civil Service International House (No. 30, Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd., Taipei City 106, Taiwan)

Who should Attend: We welcome those who are interested in global affairs, civil society, international development, development education and humanitarian assistance are expected to attend, including CSO practitioners, scholars, young people, governmental officials and representatives from business sector.

Registration Fee:NT$ 500 for regular participant/ NT$ 300 for current student. (Only invited guests are free of charge)

Organizers: Taiwan Alliance in International Development (Taiwan AID) & Institute of National Policy Research (INPR)

Sponsor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C (Taiwan)

Registration: https://reurl.cc/q8gDLE

The Conference will be proceeded mainly in English. English-Chinese simultaneous interpretation is available on site.

Contact information:

Secretariat of Taiwan AID: Ms Lee

Tel: 02-2388-5078

E-mail: secretariat@taiwanaid.org

Forum Agenda:

Monday, Oct. 5th, 2020



Topic & Speaker(s)



Opening Ceremony

Congratulatory Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Group Photo

Keynote Speech I

Social Impact and Innovation in International Development Programming

Moderator: Dr. Hung-mao Tien (Chairman and President, Institute for National Policy Research)

Speaker: Mr. Sam Worthington (CEO, InterAction, USA)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion I

Challenges and Opportunities in Government-Civil Society Partnerships

Moderator: Dr. Nina Kao (Executive Director, Taiwan AID)


1.Mr. Jin-ho Song (Vice President, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA))

2.Dr. Cameron Hill (Civil Society Specialist, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID))

3. Ms. Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo (Deputy Executive Director, IBON International)

4. Ms. Jyotsna Mohan (Regional Coordinator, Asia Development Alliance, ADA)

Mr. Nicolas Moyer (President- CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC))

Lunch Break


Roundtable with Youth Representatives

The Partnership We Want

Moderator: Mr. Rong-chuan Wu (Senior Advisor, Institute for National Policy Research)


1.Mr. Suman Khadka (President, Youth Initiative, Nepal)

2.Ms. Tuhi Martukaw (Founder, LIMA Indigenous Youth Working Group)

3.Mr. Lavetanalagi Seru (Alliance for Future Generations)

4.Ms. Mayumi Sato (Fellow, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion II

Best Practices in Government-Civil Society Partnerships and Enabling Environment: Good policy Creation, Necessary Investment, Conducive Legal Framework, and Accountability

Moderator: Dr. Eugene Chien (Chairman, Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE))


1.     Mr. Morshed Kam (Director of Advocacy, Partnership and Technology, BRAC)

2.     Ms. Sarah Strack (Director, Forus International)

3.     Dr. Jacqueline Wood (Team Leader, Senior Civil Society Specialist, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate)

4.     Ms Pansy Thu Thein (CEO, Local Resource Centre, Myanmar)

5.     Mr. Hideki Wakabayashi (Director, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC))



Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 2020



Topic & Speaker(s)



Panel Discussion III

The Impact of COVID-19 on Partnerships between Government, Private Sector and Civil Society

Moderator: Mr. Anthony Carlisle (International Affairs Supervisor, the Garden of Hope Foundation)

Keynote Speech: Dr. Chien-jen Chen (Former Vice President/ Distinguished Professor, Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica)


1. Ms Jaeeun Shin (Director of the Policy Center, KCOC)

2.Ms. Cindy Southworth (Women's Safety Policy Manager, Facebook Inc.)

3.Mr. Douglas Rutzen (President & CEO, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, USA)

4. Dr. Soawapak Hinjoy (Director of Office of International Cooperation, Department of Disease Control, Thailand)

Coffee Break

Keynote Speech II

New Trends in Government-Civil Society Partnerships in ODA)

Moderator: Ms. Rebecca Wang (Executive Director, Taiwan AID)

Speaker: Dr. Eun mee Kim ((Professor, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Ewha Women’s University, South Korea))

Lunch Break


Panel Discussion IV

Inclusive Partnerships with Marginalized Groups

Moderator: Dr. Yu-yuan Kuan (Professor, Department and Graduate Institute of Social Welfare, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)


1. Dr. Edna Adan Ismali (Director, Edna Adan Hospital, Somaliland)

2. Ms. Emma Li-chia Lee (Director General, International Development Division, Eden Social Welfare Foundation Taiwan)

3. Mr. Themba Lewis (Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network)

4. Ms. Eni Lestari Andayani Adi (Chairperson, International Migrants Alliance)

Coffee Break

Concluding Roundtable

Are We on Track to Achieve SDGs? : 5-Year Review of SDG Implementation and Global Partnership

Moderator: Mr. Jay Hung (Chairperson, Taiwan AID)


1. Mr. Ingo Ritz (Director, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP))

2. Ms. Ima Ariate (Officer in Charge/ Project Manager, Asia Pacific Research Network)

3. Ms. Lysa John Berna (Secretary-general, CIVICUS)

4. Ms Wanun Permpibul (Executive Director, Climate Watch Thailand)

Closing Ceremony