Archive for February, 2014

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The Rise of Asia’s Southern Providers in East Asia

February 12, 2014

Today, there’s no doubt that the global aid landscape is changing. Aid from traditional donors to Asia is declining, with total global aid falling by 6 percent since its high point in 2010. Meanwhile, the volume of development cooperation from non-OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members is increasing.

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Timor-Leste’s Road to ASEAN

February 12, 2014

The Government of Timor-Leste has indicated that it is committed to joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015, but as the date for the planned accession draws near, questions regarding the benefits of membership, and the young country’s readiness, remain unanswered.

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Notes from the Field

In Cambodia, Culture Shapes Identity, Spurs Economic Growth

February 12, 2014

Last year, the United Nations called for culture to be given top priority in the post-2015 global development agenda, citing its importance to economic growth, social inclusion, equality, and sustainable development. It is difficult to quantify the impact culture has on a nation…

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Women’s Experiences of Local Justice: Community Mediation in Sri Lanka

February 12, 2014

“Informal” justice is increasingly on the international development agenda (for example see here and here), based on the recognition that in many parts of the world, “formal” justice systems are far from the first port of call for citizens with a grievance or dispute.

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Photo Blog: Improving Water Quality in Laos

February 12, 2014

Clean rivers in Laos are critically important to the well-being of local communities and to the country’s national development. Nearly 80 percent of the population of this landlocked Southeast Asian nation depends on river-fed subsistence agriculture for its survival.

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Asia Foundation Releases Profile of the ‘Bangkok Shutdown’ Protesters

February 12, 2014

The Asia Foundation recently released its second survey of the “Bangkok Shutdown” protesters, providing an inside look at anti-government PDRC demonstrators still on the streets of the capital after the Feb. 2 contentious election. Survey findings include details on demographics, education levels, motivating factors, and thoughts on military intervention and use of violence. Download the […]

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Observing Thailand’s Tense Elections

February 5, 2014

Despite months of protests by anti-government demonstrators, and an election boycott by the main opposition party, the Democrat Party, Thailand held a national election on Sunday. The protesters, known as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), were demanding that the current government led…

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Survey of Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan Defies Preconceptions

February 5, 2014

It is perhaps unusual for survey research to provoke demonstrations denouncing the results, but that is precisely what happened last month when Social Weather Stations issued a survey release showing that victims of Typhoon Haiyan, “Yolanda” in the Philippines…

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Notes from the Field

Myanmar’s Libraries: A Potential Catalyst for Community Development

February 5, 2014

Despite five decades of near-isolation, the culture and appetite for education and reading is still very much alive for the people of Myanmar. The country maintains one of the highest literacy rates in Southeast Asia – 92.7 percent, according to government figures.

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Supporting Emerging Leaders for Asia’s Future

February 5, 2014

Across Asia, rapid change is presenting extraordinary development challenges. The goal of improving lives, expanding opportunities, and helping societies flourish will require innovative, effective, and coordinated development efforts, public and private sector…

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