The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) was established to develop cooperation among alternative research centres of non-government organizations (NGOs) and social movements that work on current development issues affecting the people across the region. Among its primary concerns is to raise capacity in advocacy and education, particularly in the conduct of research and knowledge-sharing activities.
The APRN was established through a process that started in a conference in Canada in 1997, and culminated in its first research conference in Manila in 1999 on the WTO and the impact of trade liberalization on Asian countries.
APRN’s strength and prestige as a regional research network is largely due to its being rooted in the social movements while adhering to the standards set for a scholarly undertaking. From an original 21 members, APRN is now 52 member-strong, with a growing number of applicants from national and regional NGOs and NGO coalitions from the Pacific to the Middle East. APRN’s former campaigns have led to the formation of independent regional and global networks, particularly on development and finance (Reality of Aid/RoA – Asia Pacific), agriculture and rural development (People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty /PCFS), water (Water for the People Network /WPN) and on climate change (Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change /PMCC). APRN also participates in other global or regional networks such as the Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) and Resist! – A global campaign against neoliberal globalization and war.
Board of Convenors (2015-2017)
Chairperson – Maria Theresa Lauron | IBON Foundation
Vice Chairperson – Ziad Abdel Samad | Arab NGO Network for Development
Vu Thi Bich Hop | Center for Sustainable Rural Development
Ajay Jha | Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society
Nurgul Djanaeva | Forum for Women’s NGOs Kyrgyzstan
Rey Asis | Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants
Shigeru Tanaka | Pacific Asia Resource Center
General Secretary – Marjorie Pamintuan
Program Officer - Mark Moreno Pascual