The Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) has been building the capacity of individuals, community based NGOs and organizations since its inception in 1996.
Its philosophies of empowering Asia and peace building across political and religious barriers underpin all its programs.
These approaches, plus its innovative programs, have won it international acclaim from political and religious leaders across Asia.
ARF publications and handbooks, both in print and online, are used throughout Asia as a resource tool.
The international secretariat is responsible for programs operating across over 20 Asian and Middle Eastern countries and has three field offices in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
ARF responds to immediate disaster needs in collaboration with community based NGOs and international aid agencies.
Research is then undertaken in order to develop an integrated approach for medium and long-term recovery towards community sustainability. This approach ensures that resources are utilized effectively and programs are on-going.
ARF also has an advocacy role to empower community in accessing government agencies and resources.
Working alongside local partner organizations, ARF emergency teams have been assisting in the rebuilding of communities and delivery of critical aid through distribution of essential items in disaster affected countries since 2004.
Countries include Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. To read more, click here.
The Lorraine Robinson and Maeve Coughlan Education Fund (LOMEF) is administered by ARF.
The primary objective is to enable children from poor and vulnerable communities to access quality formal and non-formal primary level education.
ARF also builds the capacity of community based NGOs that apply for funding. ARF fund a range of programs throughout South and South East Asia that cover the cost of school materials and teachers’ salaries.
Funding is not possible without the support of generous donors, for more information on donating to the ARF/LOMEF fund please click here.
Assistance to Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Displaced Persons
There is a lack of support agencies offering assistance to help the many asylum seekers, refugees and displaced persons around the region.
Working within the universal framework for the protection of human dignity and human rights, ARF offers an advisory service, short terms humanitarian needs, solidarity and assistance to empower asylum seekers.
International Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IIPDS)
The institute offers courses and runs workshops across Asia on peace studies and human rights.
It provides training for peace building, healing, negotiation and reconciliation.
It also hosts interfaith forums and dialogue exchange in order to create practical solutions to pressing social issues.
For more information on the IIPDS courses and workshops, please click here.
IIPDS Conference Centre
IIPDS conference centre is located in a rural setting in Nong Chok, approximately 35km from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 50km from Bangkok centre.
This facility is used to host ARF courses, workshops, forums and meetings.
The meeting room can seat up to 40 participants with on-site accommodation available. The centre is also for hire to external organizations.
For more information on the IIPDS Conference Centre, or to enquire about using the facility, please click here.