Engage with our report, Digital Dialogues, which encapsulates 29 recommendations for the topics of Balancing Diversity, Green Recovery and Emerging Economies

Discover the ideas of 60 young delegates from the ASEAN-Australia region in leading a post COVID-19 regional recovery 

Digital Dialogues

Young people traditionally have been absent from policy making and diplomacy in the region. In the wake of COVID-19, it has become apparent that young people are drastically affected by the pandemic in every aspect of their life; from employment, to mental health and climate change. As discussions around the pathway to recovery begin, it is more important than ever that the youth of the region are involved in discussions at every level and in every sector. 


AASYP Digital Dialogues aim to provide a platform and forum for future leads from across the region to contribute to the policy making and diplomacy sphere.  Selected delegates will have the opportunity to learn from regional experts, develop policy making skills, and build people-to-people networks with other engaged young individuals from across the region. AASYP will be selecting 60 young delegates to contribute to the production of a policy report on a pathway to recovery from COVID-19. The report will discuss three central issues to COVID-19 recovery: Balancing Diversity, Green Recovery, and Emerging Economies. 


Through the Three Pillars of ASEAN: Political- Security Community, Socio-Cultural and Economic Community, delegates will be separated into three streams: Gender and Diversity, Green Recovery and Emerging Economies.


They will produce two primary outputs: 

  1. An op-ed that will be published on the AASYP Horizons Blog 
  2. A policy report on youth perspectives on COVID-19 recovery

Digital Dialogues Topics

Gender and Diversity

  • Gender discrepancies in education
  • An intersectional approach to diversity

Green Recovery

  • The environmental cost of the pandemic
  •  Challenges and opportunities in COVID recovery

Emerging Economies

  • The digital divide
  •  Youth-led recovery from COVID-19

Programme Schedule

The submission deadline has been extended until 30 July 2021 for youth from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Why Should I Apply?

Young people in the region are one of the groups most affected by COVID-19. Not only has the pandemic drastically changed their lives, but it has affected almost every aspect of it. Young people in the Asia-Pacific faced the largest employment loss in 2020 and have suffered from a lack of healthcare services and support. Among young people, vulnerable groups, such as women, have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of COVID-19. 


AASYP’s Digital Dialogues will offer delegates the chance to develop their critical thinking skills, engage with other future leaders from around the region on pressing issues, and contribute their unique insights and experiences to the policy making process. Delegates will also have the opportunity to engage with our partners and stakeholders and build interregional networks of young leaders interested in the theme of their choice.



Applications are open to:

  • ASEAN or Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • 18-29 years
  • English proficient

We are looking for a diverse range of delegates who are interested in engaging with regional politics, so regardless of your education or background, please feel free to apply. The qualities that we are looking for in our delegates are:

  • Engaged with the region 
  • Passionate 
  • Demonstrated leadership 
  • Critical thinkers
  • Socially active
  • Driven
  • Global citizens


In your application, we will require that you submit: 

  • CV 
  • Short answers to selection criteria questions
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Portfolio (optional)
  • Social media (optional)

The submission deadline has been extended until 30 July 2021 for youth from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.



Q: I am currently residing outside Australia or ASEAN region. Am I still eligible for the programme?

A: As long as you are an ASEAN or Australian citizen or permanent resident, and satisfies all other criteria, you are eligible to apply for the programme.


Q: Is there any fee for the Digital Dialogues programme?

A: No, the Digital Dialogues programme is completely free.


Q: How will the programme be conducted?

A: All sessions and interactions will be conducted virtually through Zoom and other digital platforms. For best programme experience, participants should try to ensure that they have a stable internet connection and a device with a web camera and microphone.


Q: Will I get assigned to my first choice of stream?

A: We will determine which stream you will be placed in based on multiple factors such as your preference, your previous experience, your knowledge of the programme topics, and the availability of spots on each stream.


Q: What kind of work should I submit for the writing sample/portfolio part of the application?

A: It can be any kind of writing sample or portfolio work (e.g. including but not limited to: essay, position paper, previous university assignment, social media/poster portfolio).

It would be best to submit your works that will help us assess your passion, experiences, potential, and unique competencies. Materials related to Gender Diversity, Green Recovery, and Emerging Economies are highly encouraged, but not required. 


Q: When will I know the results of my application?

A: Results will be sent out through email before 8th August.


Q: My question is not listed here, what should I do?

A: You can email us directly at digital.dialogues@aasyp.org. Our team will be happy to answer your questions

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