Archive for April, 2013

Notes from the Field

Remembering Adrian Leftwich: Professor and Intellectual Leader on International Development

April 17, 2013

The Asia Foundation honors the memory of Dr. Adrian Leftwich, highly regarded political scientist, activist, and international development expert, who passed away early this month. Adrian was the research director of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP)…

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Events

New Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation

April 17, 2013

In recent years, Asian countries have emerged as game changers in the development assistance arena, challenging traditional notions of aid, reshaping global aid architecture, and placing new challenges on the global development agenda.

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Featured

Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation Dialogue Series in Seoul

April 17, 2013

With a special focus on climate change, The Asia Foundation and the Korea Development Institute last week convened 25 government officials, policy specialists, and development experts from more than 10 countries in Seoul for the 8th meeting of the Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC) dialogue series. Stay tuned for analysis in next week’s blog […]

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In The News

Philippine Peace Process Forges Ahead in Malaysia Despite Sabah Conflict

April 10, 2013

Since the International Contact Group was formed in late 2009 to work with the Malaysian Facilitator in peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), I have traveled back and forth to Kuala Lumpur often.

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Notes from the Field

Lessons from India’s Pop-Up Megacity: The Kumbh Mela

April 10, 2013

On February 10, 36 people were killed in a stampede at the Allahabad railway station. Allahabad, located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is the second-oldest city in India and plays a central role in the Hindu scriptures. Most of those caught in the stampede were devotees traveling to attend the sacred Maha Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu religious festival held every 12th year in Allahabad. While planning to travel to the festival ourselves, news of the stampede was concerning. Taking in the reports from our offices in Delhi, we became increasingly skeptical that the authorities could pull off an event of the Kumbh’s magnitude. We were surprised by what we found.

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Notes from the Field

Global Trends in Social Media: An Interview with Blogger Beth Kanter

April 10, 2013

In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently caught up with author and social media expert Beth Kanter after a talk held at The Asia Foundation’s headquarters, organized by the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company

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Notes from the Field

The Most Dangerous Job in Afghanistan?

April 10, 2013

When the Afghan government quietly appointed Shah Bibi Saeedi to what may be the most dangerous job in Afghanistan, it was an easy decision: she was the only person who had dared to apply. On Saturday, the 44-year-old doctor became the new director of women’s affairs for the eastern province of Laghman.

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Featured

Asia Foundation Hosts Panel on Asian Approaches to Development in D.C.

April 10, 2013

On April 23, The Asia Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office in cooperation with USAID and UNDP, will bring together senior government officials and policy specialists from China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea for a high-level panel discussion on Asian approaches to development cooperation, post-2015 challenges, and the importance of emerging donors to future policy making. Space […]

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Notes from the Field

How an Electronic Database is Dramatically Reforming Indonesia’s Prisons

April 3, 2013

Kiki, a registrations clerk at Cipinang Prison in Jakarta, glanced at his pile of paperwork with a degree of resignation. It was April 2009, and he was responding to three summons letters from the prosecutor’s office and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for 92 inmates to appear in court the next day.

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Notes from the Field

Building a Technology Future in Burma/Myanmar

April 3, 2013

Driving from the airport down the gridlocked streets of Yangon – with people of all ages going about their business in patterned longyis – it’s hard not to notice the dozens of billboards jutting out at eye level advertising web services and brand name mobile devices. Though mobile and internet penetration rates are still very low (no higher than four and two percent, respectively, of Burma’s 50 million people), senior leadership in the government, NGOs, and the private sector is increasingly focused on improving the country’s existing technology infrastructure. These collective efforts to loosen censorship laws, extend telecommunications licenses to foreign operators, and develop new legal frameworks for eGovernment and information and communications technology (ICT) are likely to not only ramp up mobile penetration rates, but also bring greater access to information for Burma’s citizens.

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