Chiang Mai, Thailand – The Executive Council (EC) of AIPP held its first meeting for 2014 last February 11-12 with 9 out of 12 members present. The secretariat presented their assessment of the AIPP programme implementation for 2013. This was adopted by the EC and will soon be published as the AIPP Annual Report. Further, the key achievements on organizational strengthening in 2013 are as follows:
- Expansion of AIPP membership with the acceptance of Highlanders Association in Cambodia and the Adivasi Navjeewan Gathan Navjyoti Agua (ANGNA) in India as candidate members
- Formulation and adoption of the Anti-Corruption Policy and Partnership Guideline of AIPP
- Implementation of the Gender Policy of AIPP through gender mainstreaming in the different programmes
- Increased capacity building through diverse activities for members and partners
- Strengthened collective leadership of the Executive Council through their active representation in various advocacy activities and inputs to AIPP programme implementation
- Conduct of Project Partnership Assessment with AIPP members and partners for projects implemented in 2008-2013
The Executive Council has also adopted the 2014 Annual Plan and budget of AIPP based on the four-year Strategic Plan of AIPP for 2013-2016. It has also acted on the recommended amendments to the Staff Policies and Guidelines. Further, the EC agreed to strengthen their role in networking with members and AIPP programme implementation through their active involvement in the various programme committees and in the monitoring and evaluation of projects being implemented in their respective sub-regions. Since one of the key targets of AIPP for this year is for the establishment of the Indigenous learning Institute (ILI), the EC has formed a fundraising committee for this purpose.
The 2-day meeting ended with a dinner with the members of the Regional Secretariat and volunteers of AIPP.
The Executive Council of AIPP is the interim decision making body of the organization in between the General Assembly which is conducted every 4 years. The EC in composed of representatives of members from the sub-regions (East Asia, South East Asia, Mekong and South Asia) as well as the representative of women and youth and the Secretary General. The EC is currently composed of 12 members with 6 men and 6 women. The EC meets twice a year and is in regular communication with the secretariat and members.