Archive for 2014

Notes from the Field

Video: Polling 9,300 Afghans

November 12, 2014

Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in this year’s elections, leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another. Following these historic elections and national security transition, some signs point to progress, but challenges remain surrounding corruption, security, women’s rights, the economy, the Taliban, and […]

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Notes from the Field

Former Korea Country Representative David Steinberg Reflects on A Nation in Transition

November 12, 2014

The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala on November 6 in Seoul, Korea, hosted by former Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo…

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Asia Foundation Presents 2014 Afghan Survey Findings at USIP

November 12, 2014

On November 18, The Asia Foundation presented findings of the 2014 Survey of the Afghan People at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. The survey, based on face-to-face interviews with 9,300 Afghan citizens, reveals views on security, national reconciliation, the economy, women’s issues, and more. The  Foundation’s President, David Arnold, Najla Ayubi, deputy […]

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In The News

Trade, Private Sector, Soft and Hard Infrastructure to Top Beijing APEC Agenda

November 5, 2014

Wednesday marked the first day of the week-long Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, hosted this year in Beijing. This year’s summit, themed “Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership,” brings together ministerial leaders, CEOs of global corporations, and other leading voices in the private and public sectors to discuss the challenges facing Asian-Pacific economies. The week will culminate with the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 10-11. Heads of states from all 21 member economies, including U.S. President Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping…

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In The News

One Year After Typhoon Haiyan, Hard-Hit Eastern Visayas Still Fragile

November 5, 2014

Standing at the beach of MacArthur Park just south of Tacloban city in Eastern Visayas, the Pacific Ocean looks playful and gentle – a sharp contrast from a year ago when Super Typhoon Haiyan, “Yolanda” in the Philippines, pounded the region, leaving more than 6,300 dead…

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In The News

Jokowi Backs Business Licensing Reform

November 5, 2014

Indonesia’s new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sent a clear message last week that he intends to create a business-friendly bureaucracy by eliminating costly red tape for entrepreneurs and investors.He announced his intention during a surprise inspection of the One-Stop Shop Investment Service (PTSP) of the Investment Coordinating Board…

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In The News

Water Festival Highlights Phnom Penh’s Mounting Waste Management Problems

November 5, 2014

Every year as the monsoon rains in Cambodia ease and the Mekong River’s flow subsides, the largest lake in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap, begins its annual drain of the Central Cambodian flood plain. The Tonle Sap is a unique lake/river system in the world…

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Reason for Optimism in Afghanistan

November 5, 2014

The people of Afghanistan have elected a new president, Ashraf Ghani. For the first time in its modern history, its leadership has passed peacefully to new hands. Ghani is well qualified for the job, knows his country intimately, and has thought long and hard about how he can help the Afghan people…

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Asia Foundation Marks 60th Anniversary in Korea

November 5, 2014

On November 6, The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala in Seoul, Korea, hosted by former South Korean Foreign Minister Han Sung-joo; Chairman, JoongAng Media Network and Former Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Hong Seok-hyun; and Kim Jin-Hyun, Former South Korean Minister of Science and Technology. Speakers included […]

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BBC Selects Asia Foundation Development Fellows for List of 100 Women

October 29, 2014

The BBC selected three members of the inaugural class of Asia Foundation Development Fellows for its prestigious list of 100 Women of 2014. Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah of Indonesia, Jaya Luintel of Nepal, and Salinee Tavaranan of Thailand are young Asian changemakers tackling development challenges in their communities and countries and join a group of inspiring […]

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