“A-WEB and The Asia Foundation Sign MOU to Support Democracy in Developing Countries”
News1 Korea
June 16, 2015  
On June 16, the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the A-WEB office located in the Songdo District of Incheon City to fund the development of democracy in developing countries and rising democracies, according to the Republic of Korea National Election Commission (NEC).

At the meeting, The Asia Foundation and A-WEB confirmed cooperation on development training programs for experts in elections, legislation, and electronic election systems; establishment of an election knowledge network; election observance programs; and seminars for public policy makers.

The ceremony was attended by A-WEB’s Secretary General Yong-Hi Kim and The Asia Foundation’s President David D. Arnold along with other officials of both organizations.

The Asia Foundation is a global non-profit organization that established in the United States in 1954 to promote peace and prosperity in Asia. Currently, it is supporting various programs across political, economic, cultural, and educational fields. During the Korean War, its Korea office first began refurbishing the country’s infrastructure by donating paper to print students’ textbooks.

A-WEB was established in 2013 after NEC proposed the creation of an election-related world organization in October, 2011, for the purposes of spreading democracy around the globe and consolidating it. As of now, 97 central election commissions of 94 countries are enrolled as official members of A-WEB. Its Chairperson also serves as NEC’s Chairperson.

After its establishment, A-WEB has led its own election capacity development training program and has invited NEC, KOICA, and election officials from member countries to share Korea’s and other developed countries’ election system knowhow, among other seminars it has directed.

By Yoo Gi-rim (girin@news1.kr)
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