The Program for Asian Projects (PAP) was created by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) in direct response to the outcomes of the first-ever Magsaysay Awardees Assembly held in November 1987 in Bangkok, Thailand. The PAP was born to encourage Awardees to implement projects in support of the Bangkok Assembly recommendations that identified the four critical areas of Rural Environment, Urban Environment, Culture, Education and Religion, and Peace and Security.
Hence, the (PAP) was officially established in 15 November 1987 during the first PAP Board of Advisers meeting at the Regent Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
The PAP’s primary objective is to advance the work of Magsaysay Awardees by providing financial assistance for their continuing or new projects. Through a system of small grants approved annually by the RBF Board, the Magsaysay Awardees, whose proposed projects have been reviewed and recommended for funding by the PAP Board of Advisers, are able to get financial assistance for their continuing or new projects. The PAP is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) and is administered by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF)
The PAP is directed by a Board of Advisers composed of three past Awardees -- one each from Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia -- a chair of the RMAF Board of Trustees and the President.