Archive for 2008

Notes from the Field

Postcards from America: Lessons for Nepal

December 17, 2008

Recently, a Nepalese radio production team from Antenna Foundation Nepal, a radio production and training house based in Kathmandu, traveled to eight American states to gather stories from over 300 members of the Nepali diaspora in the United States. The team, including Madhu Acharya and Rajan Parajuli, conducted countless interviews, over 60 of which are […]

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Bangladesh’s Election Countdown

December 17, 2008

As Americans catch their breath from a marathon-long election season, the people of Bangladesh are just weeks from casting their ballots in their own historic, long-awaited election.  And just as Americans were glued to newspapers, computers, and televisions in the days preceding our polling day, Bangladeshis are similarly engrossed in local media coverage of national […]

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From Pakistan: Responding to the Balochistan Earthquake

December 17, 2008

In the early morning hours of October 29, 2008, an earthquake hit Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Striking multiple times, its most intense jolt measured  6.4 on the Richter Scale. Over two hundred people lost their lives, thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed, and tens of thousands of people were left homeless as a result. An […]

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After Mumbai: U.S. Can Help India and Pakistan Move Towards Cooperation

December 17, 2008

After the awful terror attacks against Mumbai last month, the conventional wisdom in the Subcontinent and beyond is that the weak governments in New Delhi and Islamabad may be unable to manage the gathering crisis in Indo-Pak relations and will inevitably drift towards a military conflict. Yet, with the help of some purposeful diplomacy from […]

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What is the Indian Electorate Waiting For?

December 17, 2008

Many in India expected India’s ruling Congress Party to be defeated in recent state elections because of its inept handling of the Mumbai attacks and the souring economy. It didn’t, proving yet again that politics is local. In the forthcoming general elections, however, these global factors of terrorism and the economy will matter. In Mumbai […]

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Vietnam Releases 2008 Economic Index on Business-Friendliness

December 10, 2008

Earlier today in Vietnam, The Asia Foundation and its local partners released one of the year’s most highly anticipated reports: the 2008 Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI). The PCI ranks the ability and willingness of provincial governments to develop business-friendly environments for private sector development. This marks the fourth in an annual series of Vietnam’s largest […]

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In the Philippines: Setbacks in the Battle against Corruption

December 10, 2008

In the past few years, high-profile public sector corruption cases have played out in the Philippine media, and some international observers have rated the Philippines as the most corrupt country in Asia. Unfortunately, a recently conducted survey clearly shows that business managers in the Philippines believe that corruption increased in 2008. Over the past eight […]

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In Cambodia: Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Luxury or a Possibility?

December 10, 2008

One might wonder whether, at a time of financial turmoil and economic uncertainty, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the most urgent economic issue to discuss.  One might argue, when hundreds of thousands are expected to lose their jobs and as many enterprises are struggling to simply survive throughout the world, that companies would be better […]

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From Pakistan: New Study Analyzes Power, Economics, and Instability

December 10, 2008

A newly-released study, Power Dynamics, Institutional Instability, and Economic Growth: The Case of Pakistan, examines the causes of continuing development challenges in Pakistan. Dr. Akmal Hussain, Distinguished Professor at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, an economist, wrote the study, which was supported by The Asia Foundation. The study was written in a year of difficulty […]

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From Mongolia: Latest Corruption Benchmarking Survey Released

December 10, 2008

On December 4th, The Asia Foundation’s office in Mongolia released the sixth edition of the Corruption Benchmarking Survey, which covers the six months from March to September 2008. This survey provides time series data that identifies trends and patterns in citizen awareness, intolerance for corruption, and support for measures to combat corruption. Over the six-month […]

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