Archive for October, 2012

Notes from the Field

Small Businesses Drive Vietnam’s Economy, but Remain at Risk to Disasters

October 24, 2012

In the just-released 2012 World Risk Index, which ranks countries based on their level of vulnerability to natural disasters, 12 of the top 20 at-risk countries are in the Asia-Pacific. Vietnam, which every year endures an average of eight to 10 extreme weather events and natural disasters…

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In The News

Internationals, Malaysia, and Negotiations for Peace in the Philippines

October 17, 2012

It has been an exciting and emotional 10 days for the peace process between the Philippine government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which looks to end 40 years of conflict that has left a reported 150,000 dead and devastated the economy.

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In The News

Will Malaysiakini Ruling Bring Greater Media Freedom?

October 17, 2012

Malaysiakini, a trailblazing, online news service based in Kuala Lumpur and published in English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil with an impressive readership of 2.5 million per month, has for more than a decade found a way around the country’s strict censorship policy by publishing only online.

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Notes from the Field

Once Out of Reach, University Now Possible for Girls in Rural Vietnam

October 17, 2012

Last month, local headlines in Vietnam announced the government’s much-welcomed decision to earmark an additional $119 million (VND2.5 trillion) to assist with loans to low-income university students in the upcoming academic year. This is certainly good news, because despite Vietnam’s strong economic growth…

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Notes from the Field

Stanford’s Scott Rozelle Examines Data and Education in Rural China

October 17, 2012

Dr. Scott Rozelle posed a difficult question during his presentation at Give2Asia’s 10th Anniversary Forum: What caused wages to rise in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea such that these once-booming manufacturing centers relinquished their first-place manufacturing titles in the 1970s and 1980s to China?

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Notes from the Field

The Island Profiles Inaugural LankaCorps Fellows

October 17, 2012

For Sivashankar Krishnakumar, an electrical engineer from California who is placed with the Foundation of Goodness, organizing the Murali Harmony Cup was a stimulating experience, opening vistas hitherto unexplored. Born in Jaffna, Sivashankar left for the U.S. with his family as a young boy…

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Featured

Asia Foundation Co-Hosts Event on Women Entrepreneurs

October 17, 2012

On October 17 in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation co-hosted an event to raise awareness of the challenges women entrepreneurs face in Asia, sponsored by global architecture firm, Gensler, and co-hosted with the Global Fund for Women. The event featured Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman, the president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Asia […]

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In The News

Road Map to a Bangsamoro in the Philippines

October 10, 2012

On Sunday, October 7, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, in a speech telecast nationwide, announced that a draft text for a Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro had been finalized.

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Notes from the Field

Breaking Down Obstacles to Asia’s Women Entrepreneurs

October 10, 2012

At the second APEC Women and the Economy Forum held in St. Petersburg in June, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that: “Limiting women’s economic potential is for every country like leaving money on the table.

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Notes from the Field

Asia Foundation to Release Latest Survey of the Afghan People on November 14

October 10, 2012

As the deadline for the transition of Afghanistan’s security from NATO-led forces to the government nears, many raise concerns over the country’s readiness to take on the challenges that the people of Afghanistan will face. On November 14 in Kabul and Washington, D.C., The Asia Foundation will shed light…

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