Archive for October, 2013

Featured

The Asia Foundation Co-Hosts Regional Conference on Community-Driven Development

October 30, 2013

On Oct. 28, The Asia Foundation, Australian Aid, World Bank and SMERU hosted a 4-day conference in Indonesia on “Sustaining and Mainstreaming Community-Driven Development Programs (CDD).” In contrast to standard development approaches, CDD programs provide funds directly to the village level, allowing communities to decide for themselves what development problems to address. The conference brought […]

> More

Notes from the Field

Breaking Pattern of Silence over Domestic Violence in China

October 30, 2013

Traditionally in China, domestic violence has been considered a private issue that should be kept within the household, with any outside interventions left at the doorstep. Despite efforts by the authorities and women’s rights groups to raise public awareness of the issue, domestic violence has long been absent from public or media discourse, and most victims of domestic violence remain silent. However, recent events and advocacy efforts are starting to shake this pattern of silence. In late 2011, Kim Lee, an American woman, publicized her divorce from her celebrity Chinese husband and spoke out against the domestic violence epidemic in China, bringing it to the center of media and public attention.

> More

Notes from the Field

New Texts Boost Timor-Leste’s Legal Capacity

October 30, 2013

Justin Bieber may not have visited Asia’s newest state, Timor-Leste, yet, but as six Stanford law students found out earlier this year, his popularity has preceded him at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL). The Stanford students were visiting UNTL with the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project (TLLEP), a partnership among The Asia Foundation…

> More

Notes from the Field

Civil Society Leaders Gather in Seoul for Inaugural Asia Democracy Network Assembly

October 30, 2013

As civil society in Asia has made significant progress over the past several decades, the need for a forum that brings together the major players to focus on key challenges to inclusive and participatory democracy has become increasingly important.

> More

Notes from the Field

Mapping Ulaanbaatar’s Ger Districts

October 23, 2013

Mongolia is now one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and nowhere is this growth more evident than the bustling and energetic capital, Ulaanbaatar. Expensive high rises, luxury stores, and modern apartment buildings are common in this city of 1.5 million; tower cranes dot the rising skyline, harbingers of even more cutting-edge development projects to come. But in the shadows of the cranes and high rises, are the city’s ger districts, where more than half of the capital’s residents live without access to basic public services like water, sewage systems, and central heating.

> More

In The News

What Women’s Growing Political Representation Means in Indonesia

October 23, 2013

When Indonesians head to the polls six months from now, they will have a record number of women candidates to choose from. Hard-won reforms by activists pushing for increased requirements for women’s representation have resulted in a new high for women candidates…

> More

Notes from the Field

A Conversation with Capital City Governor and Ulaanbaatar Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene

October 23, 2013

On Friday, the Ulaanbaatar city municipality will celebrate Ulaanbaatar City Day to highlight the various works being undertaken to improve the capital of Mongolia, home to more than 50 percent of the population.

> More

Featured

Asia Foundation Calls for Applicants for Asia Development Fellowship

October 23, 2013

The Asia Foundation is calling for applicants for its Asia Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program, a new initiative designed to bring together next-generation Asian leaders interested in the region’s social and economic development challenges. The year-long career advancement program will provide highly qualified, young Asian professionals (under 40 years of age) with […]

> More

Topics:

In The News

Will Indonesia’s Online Youth Shape 2014 Elections?

October 16, 2013

Election season is underway in Indonesia with parliamentary elections scheduled for April, followed by the presidential election in July. While many are concerned that ongoing corruption could mar election outcomes, Indonesians continue to demand accountability and transparency from their elected officials…

> More

In The News

Back from APEC, Pres. David Arnold Discusses Private Sector & Sustainable Development

October 16, 2013

Last week, Asia Foundation President David Arnold joined over 1,200 CEOs and 10 heads of member economies at the annual APEC CEO Summit in Indonesia to discuss inclusive and sustainable development, with a special focus on the importance of women in Asia’s growth trajectory.

> More