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Weekly Insights and Analysis

Small Screen, Big Ideas: Debating Timor-Leste’s Economy on TV

Almost 90 percent of Timor-Leste’s annual budget comes from oil and gas, making economic diversification an urgent priority for the young nation’s development. The government’s 2011–2030 Strategic Development Plan identifies two key industries for the future of the...

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The Women of Kundan and Meenakari

India is known for its rich culture of adornment and fine gold work, yet almost all goldsmiths are male. In a country that rigidly observes traditional gender roles, women are often occupied with domestic work, while the practice of jewelry making belongs almost...

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Measuring China’s Nonprofit Sector

In the past 30 years, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have proliferated in China, from just over 4,000 in 1988 to 816,000 in 2017. A 2017 report by the Ministry of Civil Affairs found that NPOs employ more than 800,000 people, in fields ranging from rural development...

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Budget Transparency Replacing Budget Secrecy in Myanmar

Myanmar’s ruling Union Revolutionary Council, led by General Ne Win, published the country’s first public budget report in the 1963/64 fiscal year, with the title Pyi Thu Thot A Si Yin Khan Sar, or Citizen’s Report. This forward-looking exercise in democratic...

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Nepal Survey: Does a Seat at the Table Guarantee Gender Equality?

Nepal’s constitution mandates that women hold at least 33% of seats in the national parliament and provincial assemblies, and at least 40% in local governments. These provisions, enshrined in 2015, have given a record number of women a place at the table in Nepal’s...

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Women in ICT: Entering a Forbidden Space

Traveling last year in Mongolia’s Arkhangai Province, I joined a party climbing the Shireet Ulaan Uul, a rocky, forested mountain that rises to 2,600 meters from the ridges west of the Orkhon River. At the top of this peak, in 1684, the revered monk and polymath...

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City Life Survey: Myanmar’s Urban Voices

Yangon is a city rich with history—a former capital, a center of commerce, and today, a city bristling with construction cranes, clogged with vehicles, and throbbing with the aspirations of its swelling population. Demographic changes, economic growth, and Myanmar’s...

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