Archive for August, 2012

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Panel Discusses Burma’s Future

August 29, 2012

On August 28 at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation’s Gordon Hein moderated a discussion on Burma’s (also known as Myanmar) current reform process and its future. Dr. Hein, who just returned from his third trip to Burma this year, joined leading experts Stan Sze of Community Partners International; Nyunt Than […]

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Number of Seats Held by Women in Mongolia’s Parliament Triples

August 22, 2012

While the arrest of Mongolia’s former president Nambar Enkhbayar on corruption charges has been dominating headlines, another quieter, but very significant event took place earlier this summer on June 28, when nine women won seats in the country’s parliamentary elections.

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Notes from the Field

What’s Holding Mobile Money Back in Asia?

August 22, 2012

My colleague Michelle Chang recently blogged about the promises of mobile money for Asia. It’s true that in many countries, like Pakistan and Afghanistan, where banking infrastructure is limited, mobile money represents a potential solution for the hundreds of millions of individuals who remain unbanked…

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Proving that Good Governance is Good Politics: A Tribute to Secretary Jesse Robredo

August 22, 2012

Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Jesse Manalastas Robredo – a highly-regarded, multi-awarded public servant, and an internationally recognized expert in local governance – died after the small plane…

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Notes from the Field

Q&A: Chang-Lin Tien Fellow Mirza M. Amiri on Afghanistan’s Private Sector

August 22, 2012

The Asia Foundation’s Sam Taffer recently joined Mirza Amiri, former director and CEO of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan, in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for Afghanistan’s private sector. Mr. Amiri is the recipient of the Foundation’s prestigious Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellow Award

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Asia Foundation Supports Publication of First-Ever Directory of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Laos

August 22, 2012

Laos, which has one of the most limited civil society sectors in the world, has recently taken steps to consider the growth of the sector, which could help deliver crucial services needed for the country to graduate from least developed nation status by 2020. To assist with these efforts, The Asia Foundation just launched the […]

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Ahead of Flood Season, Thailand’s Communities Demand Greater Preparedness

August 8, 2012

From July 2011 to January 2012, Thailand encountered the worst flooding in five decades. The floods killed over 800 people and left millions homeless or displaced. Over three quarters of Thailand’s provinces were declared flood disaster zones, and the World Bank estimated that the economic loss exceeded $45 billion. Thailand’s government was unprepared for the longevity and severity of the floods, and many communities felt that the Flood Response Operation Center (FROC), which was established to coordinate emergency response and provide regular communications to the public, was inadequate.

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Notes from the Field

Burmese Immigrants in Thailand ‘Want to Go Home’

August 8, 2012

Hours before her expected arrival at the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) office in Mahachai, Thailand, southwest of Bangkok, hundreds of people began to assemble around the building, hoping to secure a good spot to greet or at least catch a glimpse of “the Lady.”

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ASEAN Must Close Ranks Quickly

August 8, 2012

The Foreign Ministers of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were reluctant history-makers last month. The 45th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which took place in July in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh…

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Legislating Against Witchcraft Accusations in Nepal

August 8, 2012

In Nepal’s Chitwan District, a 40-year-old widow and mother of two was burnt alive by her family on Feb. 18, 2012. A local shaman and her family members had accused her of using witchcraft to make another family member sick.

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