The 5th Asia Young Leaders for Democracy


The 5th Asia Young Leaders for Democracy

In 2014, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) established the Asia Young Leaders for Democracy program (AYLD), aiming at strengthening democracy in Asia through young people’s collaborations. Each year, young practitioners advocating for democracy or human rights across the countries in Asia are invited to participate in the AYLD which empowers them through lectures, discussions, and site visits. More importantly, the AYLD builds up a network of young people in Asia to encourage cooperation for consolidating democracy and human rights.

What’s New for the 5th AYLD?

Last year, the participants of AYLD passed the 2017 Asia Young Leaders Declaration, declaring young leaders’ determination to fight against democratic regression, and identifying the urgent challenges of democracy. Addressing the Declaration, the 2018 AYLD will focus on seeking for solutions to democratic recession.

Democratic regression continues to worsen in 2018: existing democratic systems are no longer capable of reflecting people’s needs arising from changes in economy and technology; authoritarian regimes rapidly renovate tactics of infringing democracy. Facing these challenges, the TFD recognizes the dire need of innovative and interdisciplinary action plans. In order to inspire participants to come up with innovative and creative action plans, the 5th AYLD program will initiate interdisciplinary dialogues on democracy, training for improving the capacity of each participant’s organization, and workshops on how to build up an inclusive and participatory democracy. The TFD believes that energy and creativity of young people will bring democracy the resilience to survive new challenges.          

Duration: 14 – 22 August 2018


  • This program is aimed at practitioners, who work actively to promote democracy and human rights in Asia.
  • žApplicants can be a policymaker, academic, legal professional, and leader of civil society organizations, such as representatives of political parties, legislative assistants, nongovernmental organizations and the media.
  • žPreferable applicants should be between the ages of 18 to 35 and have some working experience in the field of democracy and human rights promotion.
  • Applicants must enclose at least two references from organizations or individuals in the field of democracy or human rights who are familiar with the applicant’s work or have worked with the applicant.
  • All participants must attend the program for its entire duration.
  • The official language of the program is English. Participants should have a solid command of written and spoken English.
  • Academic credentials are not a requirement. However, it is crucial that participants have enough knowledge on democracy and human rights advocacy necessary to participate in the program.
  • Participants are also required to submit written reports at the end of the program.

Application Process:

  • Applications must be received by e-mail before May 15th, 2018. Please download the application form from the TFD’s website, and submit it to
  • Applicant will receive e-mail notice of acceptance/refusal in June.  
  • Fake or incomplete information and late submissions will not be accepted.


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