Archive for April, 2014

Notes from the Field

A New Face of Policing in Timor-Leste

April 23, 2014

On March 27, the national police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) celebrated their 14th anniversary with full pomp and circumstance. For 24 years until 1999, the police in Timor were under the command of the Indonesia military. Now, it seems that memories of countrywide conflict and instability in this small tropical nation are receding.

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Philippines Mobilizes for a Disability-Inclusive 2016 Presidential Election

April 23, 2014

In his 4th State of the Nation Address in June 2013, Philippine President Aquino praised a 30-year-old Makati resident Nino Aguirre who has no legs, but had laboriously climbed four floors to reach his polling station and cast his vote in the May 2013 midterm elections. While Mr. Aguirre’s feat demonstrated laudable…

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A Conversation with Mongolian NGO Leader Badruun Gardi

April 23, 2014

Just back from an intensive, nine-day leadership training workshop in Singapore and the Philippines, which kicked off The Asia Foundation’s Development Fellows program, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed one of the 10 inaugural Fellows from Mongolia, Badruun Gardi…

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Access to Justice & Human Rights

April 23, 2014

Weak legal institutions and poorly functioning systems of justice pose challenges to citizens throughout Asia in resolving disputes, enforcing their rights, and accessing benefits to which they are legally entitled. This photo blog examines issues of access to justice and human rights through the lens of three countries

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Public Awareness Campaign Raises Awareness of Solid Waste Management in Mongolia

April 23, 2014

Solid waste management is a key challenge in Mongolia’s sprawling capital, Ulaanbaatar, particularly in the surrounding ger districts where half of the city’s 1.2 million residents still live without access to even basic public services, an issue that has led to many illegal and unhealthy dump sites. To mark Ulaanbaatar’s city-wide cleanup on April 19, […]

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Impartiality Critical to Ensuring Afghanistan’s Election Credibility

April 16, 2014

Election day in Afghanistan exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, with long queues of men and women turning out to vote for a new president in what many are declaring a sign of increased political maturity and belief in democratic systems among Afghans today. Estimates show a turnout of over 50 percent – 37 percent of whom were women – all the more significant in an environment where fear of violence was on high in the lead-up to the election and threatened to impact voter turnout. Instead, Afghans defied threats and attacks by insurgent groups and came out in large numbers to cast their vote. On Sunday, Afghans heard the first official report of partial results, with two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, appearing to take the lead with a run-off likely.

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Notes from the Field

Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature

April 16, 2014

Last month, China unveiled its grand urbanization plan to increase the number of people living in cities to 60 percent, or around 100 million additional people, by 2020. In fact, China’s migration plan reflects a global trend: right now, about half of the world’s population…

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In The News

Nine Takeaways from Indonesia’s Legislative Elections

April 16, 2014

Indonesia’s legislative elections on April 9 confirmed some well-established assumptions but also produced a few surprises. On the basis of quick count results, media reports, and independent election observation, here are nine key takeaways from these elections…

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Bangladesh Moving Fast Toward Cleaner Leather Industry

April 16, 2014

Bangladesh’s Buriganga River, which flows along the southwest border of Dhaka, has long been a lifeline for this sprawling capital of over 15 million, and is today a vital economic link to the rest of the country connected by an intricate network of rivers and tributaries.

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In The News

Made (Green) in Vietnam

April 16, 2014

The burgeoning growth of the apparel industry in Vietnam offers an opportunity to foster best practices in sustainable manufacturing processes. While China may be best known for, and is currently the leading global exporter for apparel, many multinational companies…

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