Civic Federation Hosts State Department Fellow for Month of May

May 26, 2017

As part of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) program, the Civic Federation hosted Nurul Komalasari as a fellow for the month of May, which was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The exchanges are meant to introduce the next generation of leaders to the politics, governance, policy-making, history and cultures of countries around the world.

Nurul hails from Indonesia where she works at the Audit Board of Indonesia, the government body responsible for ensuring accountability for entities that manage state finances. While at the Civic Federation Nurul attended local government meetings, met with government officials, assisted with research and learned more about best practices in government finance, accountability and transparency. Her primary focus is the implementation of long-term financial planning in her home province of South Sumatra.

According to the ACYPL website, in 1966 a group of both Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. worked to create opportunities for the next generation of leaders to meet with peers around the world to share ideas and dreams for the future, with the first delegation of young political and policy leaders traveling the Soviet Union and other countries in Western Europe.

Since that time, the ACYPL has increased its exchange partnerships with countries in practically every corner of the world. The 2017 Spring Delegation includes sixteen representatives from various Southeast Asian countries such as, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand. These representatives are being hosted by organizations in Illinois, Washington, D.C., New York and Wyoming, among others.

The Federation looks forward to future opportunities to host international fellows interested in government research.