IDC annually assesses party building and training projects from three to four emerging parties in the region. Through small grants, the Australian Greens funds activities that build the capacity of party members to contest local elections, set up systems and procedures, and undertake training to further grow their party. IDC support is also practical and hands-on with networking, specialist support, and monitoring visits when needed to these countries.
In May 2016 the Australian Greens hosted a study tour for Asia-Pacific Greens just prior to our federal election. The tour comprised 24 participants from: India, Indonesia, Lebanon, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan, Taiwan, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, plus Australian organisers. Topics covered during the tour in Sydney and Northern NSW included: research skills, policy development, messaging, Young Greens, women in parliament, climate change issues, meeting with state and federal MPs, meeting with candidates on how to run an election campaign, and working and campaigning in a regional electorate. The tour was deemed to be extremely useful for all participants with the recommendation such tours take place every two years.
The AG-IDC are reviewing applications for this program funding to support emerging parties for the financial year 2016-17, in October 2016.
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