Archive for December, 2013

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The Asia Foundation Releases Rido Handbook in the Philippines

December 11, 2013

At a ceremony in Quezon City, Philippines, The Asia Foundation released a new handbook that informs police and peacekeepers about rido (family/clan conflicts). The book offers a toolkit on rido prevention and resolution, providing useful, real life case studies. “Preventing RIDO” is particularly timely as police officers in the region are expected to soon assume […]

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Thailand Political Standoff: The Latest Flash of Deep-Seated Tensions

December 11, 2013

This week, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of controversial former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, dissolved parliament in response to an escalating anti-government protest movement. Led by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, the movement has mobilized tens of thousands of whistle-blowing demonstrators under the banner of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). PDRC has declared its intention to unseat the Pheu Thai government, remove the Shinawatra family from politics, and press for the appointment of an imprecisely defined “People’s Council” that would seemingly be composed of neutral, respected leaders who would replace elected government for an undefined period of time.

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Though Improving, Mongolia Still Reeling Under Corruption

December 11, 2013

On Dec. 4, 2013, The Asia Foundation and the Sant Maral Foundation released the third installment of its bi-annual “Survey on Perceptions and Knowledge of Corruption,” revealing that efforts to curb corruption in what is considered, as some sources put it, one of the world’s most corrupt countries could in fact be working.

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In Afghanistan, Provincial-Level Institutions Critical to Protecting and Advancing Women’s Rights

December 11, 2013

Five months from now, Afghanistan will enter a critical juncture of transition and election, in a dynamic context where large parts of the country are now increasingly controlled by Taliban shadow governments.

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Notes from the Field

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

December 11, 2013

Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance.

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Using Better Evidence to Reform Nepal’s Hydropower Policy

December 11, 2013

Using evidence for planning and evaluation of policies and development interventions considerably enhances the capacity of organizations working for socioeconomic change of state and society, and their change interventions…

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The Boundaries of Evidence in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

December 11, 2013

In The Asia Foundation’s recent report, “Subnational Conflict and International Development Assistance,” the authors argue that a sustainable solution to the many subnational conflicts plaguing different countries…

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Afghans Apprehensive But Cautiously Optimistic as They Move into Critical Transition

December 4, 2013

Today in Kabul, The Asia Foundation released its annual Survey of the Afghan People, the country’s broadest and most comprehensive public opinion poll with 9,260 Afghans interviewed face-to-face across all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This year’s survey is particularly significant as it reflects the perceptions of the Afghan people as they enter the critical transition year of 2014 faced with national elections, the drawdown of the remaining international security forces in the country, the growing insurgency, and the impact these events will have on the nation’s economy.

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Where will Transition Take Women and Girls in Afghanistan?

December 4, 2013

Like most people I know in Afghanistan, I feel a palpable change that is taking place in our society. But until now, it was hard to really put a finger on what that change is. This year’s 2013 Survey of the Afghan People sheds light on how Afghan’s perceptions are changing: 59 percent of respondents reported that they “fear for personal safety,” the highest ever…

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A Conversation with Afghanistan Governance & Elections Expert Idrees Ilham

December 4, 2013

In this interview, In Asia editor Alma Freeman discusses findings from the 2013 Survey of the Afghan People and prospects for Afghanistan’s future with The Asia Foundation’s governance and elections expert Idrees Ilham in Kabul.

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