Archive for 2014

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Asia Foundation Announces Two New Trustees

July 23, 2014

The Asia Foundation just announced two new trustees: Donald Steinberg, former U.S. ambassador to Angola, former USAID deputy administrator, and current president of World Learning, and Elizabeth Economy, renowned Asia expert and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Stay tuned for an In Asia interview with Amb. Steinberg, and read analysis from Dr. Economy […]

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Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?

July 9, 2014

On July 1 at the London School of Economics, Asia Foundation experts joined policymakers, practitioners, and academics at a Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP) conference: “Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?” Experts and thought-leaders such as Oxfam’s Duncan Green, debated working politically, evidence-based policy, and the trade-offs involved in conflict-affected areas. Read […]

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Eight Takeaways from Indonesia’s Presidential Election

July 9, 2014

Indonesians went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president and vice president. This election represents the first transition from one democratically elected president to another in Indonesia’s history. The scale and consequences of the election are enormous, but the contest is simple…

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Indonesian Election: Picking up the Pieces From a Toxic Campaign

July 9, 2014

After being inundated by months of campaigning, it now looks like it will be some time before Indonesian electors can come up for air and focus on repairing some of the damage of a divisive election season. Indonesia has witnessed the tightest and most polarized presidential election in the democratic era…

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Media Campaign Ignites Push for Local Elections in Pakistan

July 9, 2014

There is much talk these days in Pakistan about democracy. Just over a year since national elections marked the first transition in the country’s history from one democratically elected federal government to another, some are already calling for new elections for reasons ranging from alleged malpractice at the 2013 polls…

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Notes from the Field

Conversation with Burmese Publisher, Library Advocate U Thant Thaw Kaung

July 9, 2014

Publisher U Thant Thaw Kaung, head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation and the mobile library project under the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, recently visited The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco as part of a three-week study tour…

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Business Conditions Dull, but Corruption Dips in Mongolia

July 9, 2014

The Asia Foundation and the Sant Maral Foundation on July 7 released the latest Study on Private Perceptions on Corruption (STOPP), revealing a troubling decline in satisfaction with the business environment and how some debilitating conditions for business…

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Notes from the Field

Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

July 9, 2014

An exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are turning to online work…

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U.S. Launch of Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines

June 25, 2014

On July 10, The Asia Foundation will host the U.S. book launch of Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines. Citing recent efforts to effect social and economic policy change in the Philippines as models, the book identifies best practices for social reform practitioners across the developing Asia-Pacific region. The event, held […]

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Bangladesh’s Development Surprise: A Model for Developing Countries

June 25, 2014

By many metrics, Bangladesh’s development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to around 30 percent.

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