Written by Min Jee Yamada Park IDC Asia Pacific Programme Officer & Chawaratt Chawarangkul IDC Southeast Asia Programme Manager

IDC co-convened a Virtual Workshop on Case Management with the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) in May, as part of the ongoing Regional Peer-Learning Platform and Program of Learning and Action on Alternative Care Arrangements for Children in the Context of Migration in the Asia Pacific (the Regional Platform). The Regional Platform, which was launched in November 2019, brings together individuals from policy and implementing agencies from the governments of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as civil society and international organisations, in order to share positive practice and concrete examples of what is working.

Since the launch of the Regional Platform in Bangkok, subsequent meetings have been convened virtually due to travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This Virtual Workshop on Case Management is the second in a series of online events, with further virtual events planned for 2021 to support peer learning and facilitate knowledge and resource sharing between the participating countries and partners. For more information on this initiative, please view the meeting summary as well as further materials on case management approaches.

Most recently, on 9 September, IDC and ADFM co-hosted another workshop in this series focused on access to education for refugee and migrant children. This included dialogue regarding the relationship between access to education and successful ATD, drawing on positive practices and learnings from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Thailand. A meeting summary and further materials from this workshop will be available in coming weeks.