Asian Civil Society Research Network – Colombo Charter

Head: Dr. Udan Fernando

The Asian Civil Society Research Network (ACSRN) – Colombo Charter was launched in March 2020 to further the efforts and enhance the level of collaborative and foster learning exchanges and cross fertilization of ideas between the members and countries.

The ACSRN Colombo Charter is a clearing house and a coordinating hub for offering services such as studies, advisory, evaluation, facilitation of civil society related work. It also hosts a portal of civil society resources – papers, books etc. – on Asia. The Colombo Charter initiates activities such as talks, lectures and workshops in Colombo and other Asian cities in close collaboration with the members of the Asian Civil Society Research Network.   

The ACSRN Colombo Charter will largely be a virtual outfit with minimum physical infrastructure. Collaborations, joint ventures and sponsorships with local, regional and existing academic institutions and civil society organizations will be sought to mobilize intellectual and financial resources for its work.  

Immediate activities by the ACSRN Colombo Charter:

  • A tri-country research workshop on Civil Societies in Myanmar, Cambodia and Sri Lanka: New Realities, Challenges and Creative Responses. Discussions are underway to host this event in Singapore with the support of the ACSRN members and Singaporean academic institutes and think tanks. Preliminary work is carried in Singapore as a possible host and academic collaborator, also with the engagement of the ACSRN member in Singapore, Dr. Gillian Koh and Cambodia in March while the Myanmar work will be carried out in May. The event is schedules for the second half of 2020.
  • Research Study on Religious Extremism in South Asia and Its Impact on Civil Society Values, Roles and Actions. This research to be carried out in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka as part of a EU-funded project by IMADR. The overall research coordination will be carried out by the network member and host in the ACSRN Colombo Charter, Dr. Udan Fernando with the expert advice by another ACSRN member, Professor Jeff Kingston (April- December 2020)