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South Asia

More than 60% of the world’s young people live in Asia. Asia’s continued development, prosperity, and stability – and indeed, that of the entire world – depends on whether its young people are prepared to engage in an increasingly connected world, equipped with global opportunity, and empowered with the capacity to lead.

Asia’s new generation

More than 60% of the world’s young people live in Asia. Asia’s continued development, prosperity, and stability – and indeed, that of the entire world – depends on whether its young people are prepared to engage in an increasingly connected world, equipped with global opportunity, and empowered with the capacity to lead.

South Asia’s boasts the world’s fastest-growing regional economy. Thanks in large part to economic liberalization and strengthened respect for the rule of law, the region has emerged on the forefront of economic, technological, and social change. The digital age has brought amplified the voices of children and youth, and opportunities for societal engagement are increasing. However, much progress has yet to be made. For far too many youth in South Asia, education does little to prepare youth for the demands of an interconnected economy. Extreme poverty, unequal educational opportunity, and insufficient global education leave far too many young people isolated from the global community and behind in a changing world. Poor records in civic education, traditional societal barriers, and lacking governmental support mean that far too few young people have the opportunity to participate and engage in their communities. The role of young people in sustainable development, environmental change, and security are too often ignored.

If Southern Asia is to continue its remarkable legacy of growth and development, no child can be treated as a second-class citizen. Their engagement as globally aware, connected citizens able to uphold the rule of law will be critical to political stability. In a continent faced with vast environmental challenges, amplified by climate change, their role in building more sustainable ways of life will be a critical contribution. Their perspectives on sustainable development must be respected, and their potential as catalysts of change realized, for Asia’s development to generate better outcomes for all young people.

Our Operations in South Asia

The IAYG family’s operations in South Asia include operations across all primary sectors of work. Our commitments to the region include collaboration with Asian governments, community-based organizations, civil society, academic institutions, and young people themselves. Learn more about our primary sectors of work

As the region-level oversight organization of the IAYG family in South Asia, the Regional Directorate for South Asia facilitates communication between country offices, helps oversee their work, and leads the general commitment of IAYG family institutions and partners across the entire region. 

The Office of the Director is responsible for general leadership of the IAYG family in the region. Additionally,  four deputy offices report directly to the Office, and are responsible for leading facets of the IAYG family’s commitment to the region:

  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Administration oversees relationships between country offices, region-wide programmatic administration, and regional strategic direction. As the most senior deputy organization, the Office additionally exercises extensive oversight over programmes conducted at local and national levels in the region.
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Partnerships and Government Relations oversees joint coordination and region-wide partnerships with governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders. To learn more about the IAYG family’s legacy of partnerships, click here
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Programme Development oversees the IAYG family’s programme, in-kind assistance, and joint-venture programme pipeline across the region. The office is responsible for programme development across every sector of work in the IAYG family.
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Communications and Accountability is responsible for communications, community relations, and transparency in operation across the regional branch. In its capacity ensuring accountable governance, the office works closely with the IAYG family’s Office for Accountability and Accessible Governance (OAAG). Learn more about our commitment to transparency and accountability here.

Alphabetical Listing of Countries and Regions

The Regional Directorate for South Asia oversees all country offices, programmes, institutional partnerships, and partnerships in the following countries and areas. Additionally, the Directorate is responsible for relationships with South Asian governments, civil society partners, and other IAYG family relationships.
Please note that the names and designations shown below and in the map are for reference purposes and do not imply endorsement by the IAYG family.
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
 
 
Regional Directorate for South Asia
Communications, Transparency, and Public Relations (New Delhi)
southasia@iaygfamily.org
 

Enquiries about partnerships are handled by the Office of the Deputy Director for Partnerships and Government Relations, and should be directed to partnerships-southasia@iaygfamily.org.

IAYG family media partners should contact Ms. Geetha Aravind (geetha.aravind@iaygfamily.org). To learn more about regional media contacts, click here.

Queries relating to governance, accountability, corruption, and/or ethics should be made here.

To contact the Directorate for South Asia with regard to programme information or general enquiries, please fill out the form below:

Contact the Regional Directorate for South Asia

 

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