The Cross Border Giving Guides act as toolkits for new philanthropists going into countries that they are not so familiar with. The guides provide a landscape review of the country, including recommendations from experienced practitioners on the ground, relating to the regulatory framework, cultural issues, sources for information, and case studies. APC has kicked off the first in the series with a guide for Myanmar, which will also inform our work for the Myanmar Community Development Fund, and help members to navigate working in the country which still has an under-developed social sector infrastructure. Watch out for more guides to other countries at our online resource centre: http://www.asiaphilanthropycircle.org/parallex/resource_centre/
Addressing rising extremism amongst youths was a key challenge brought up originally by our Filipino members. This is an issue that we quickly realise needs addressing in many other Southeast Asian countries too. We have been convening multiple roundtables with experts and practitioners on counter-terrorism and conflict, to promoting inclusivism and tolerance amongst communities, looking to tap into role models and to convene meaningful dialogues on the issue. Our key belief for this initiative is to tackle this with the local communities upstream before it even becomes a security challenge downstream.