Archive for 2013

In The News

Devastation in the Philippines

November 13, 2013

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan) struck central Philippines, particularly the eastern coasts of the islands of Leyte and Samar, carrying winds close to 200 mph and causing a massive storm surge that flattened entire towns and devastated communities in its wake. Yolanda is said to be one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. The official death toll stands at more than 2,300, but local officials warn that number could increase significantly. An estimated 8 million people have been affected and 600,000 are displaced. Most visible is the plight of residents of coastal Tacloban – Leyte’s capital city and regional economic hub – who are struggling to find the most basic of services: food, water, shelter, and electricity.

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In The News

Relocation a Boon for Bangladeshi Leather Sector

November 13, 2013

The government of Bangladesh and the two primary Bangladeshi leather industry trade associations reached a historical agreement last month to transfer the leather industry from central Dhaka to Savar, a new, environmentally compliant industrial zone on the outskirts of the city. According to the president of the Bangladesh Tanners Association, the new location could boost the industry’s export revenues from $1-5 billion. Economists predict that if the leather industry continues its impressive growth, it may even challenge the ready-made garment sector as one of Bangladesh’s most valuable exports.

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Notes from the Field

Community-Driven Development: A New Deal for Communities in the Asia-Pacific

November 13, 2013

The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Australian Aid, World Bank, and SMERU, a leading Indonesian research institute, recently hosted a four-day regional conference…

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Notes from the Field

What Does Community-Driven Development Deliver? Lessons from a Balinese Village

November 13, 2013

Early this month, I boarded a bus to visit the Balinese village of Sobangan to see in action the impact from a decade of Community-Driven Development (CDD), an approach that delivers public funds directly to the village level and allows citizens to determine priorities for social services and economic development.

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Notes from the Field

In Thailand and Cambodia, a Culture of Impunity Still Holds

November 13, 2013

In November 1979, I attended a benefit concert in Bangkok given by Joan Baez to help raise funds for the humanitarian relief of Cambodian refugees who fled to the Thai border to escape the heinous rule of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated two million people were murdered by Pol Pot and his henchmen.

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Featured

Give2Asia Launches Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund

November 13, 2013

The Asia Foundation’s philanthropic partner, Give2Asia, has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund to support the victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines on November 8. Give2Asia is identifying the most urgent needs for relief, as well as short-term and long-term community recovery, and is defining projects in partnership with local organizations based in […]

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In The News

Ahead of Bangladesh Election, New Poll Shows Poverty, Political Conflict, Food Prices As Major Concerns

November 6, 2013

In preparation for Bangladesh’s next national election, which will be in January 2014, the government, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has suggested the formation of an all-party…

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A Conversation with Indian Women’s Rights Crusader Ranjana Kumari

November 6, 2013

The rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a middle-class area of New Delhi in December ignited protests across India and the world, and three months later, led to the government’s passage of a new rape law that stiffens punishments of sexual violence…

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In The News

Herat Dialogue Raises Tough Questions on Afghanistan’s Security

November 6, 2013

On Oct. 5-6, 2013, The Asia Foundation sent a delegation to participate in the second Herat Security Dialogue, an annual international event organized by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). The dialogue brings domestic, regional, and international security experts…

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Notes from the Field

Barangay Elections in the Philippines Test Security

November 6, 2013

Five months after the May mid-term national and local elections in the Philippines, nearly 54 million citizens across 42,000 barangays (villages) headed to the polls on October 28 to elect their new barangay chairpersons and councilors.

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