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BRIEF November 13, 2019

Southeast Asia Planning Community of Practice


About the Southeast Asia Planning Community of Practice (PCoP)

PCoP is a member-driven, peer-learning network of national development planning practitioners which was established in 2017. The World Bank’s experience with the Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia (PEMNA), a public financial management network in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region, suggests that a practitioners’ network provides alternative and innovative modes of engagement that can complement institutional and individual capacity building initiatives across the EAP Region.

An important rationale for establishing a CoP for National Planners, is that, unlike finance officials who have more natural fora for meeting and exchanging ideas, planning officials typically lack spaces for knowledge sharing and exchange.

Activities like the PCoP are an integral element of the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia which was established to promote the exchange of knowledge and research, complimenting the World Bank’s broader operations in countries globally and in the region to reduce extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity, and also helping countries achieve their development goals and aspirations. Beyond the inaugural meeting in Malaysia, the idea of the PCoP is to make it a member-driven community, where other countries are encouraged to host future meetings and learning events.