Archive for 2014

Notes from the Field

A Discussion with Lotus Circle Advisor Winnie Feng

June 18, 2014

Today, The Asia Foundation holds its fourth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City, honoring the work of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Indonesian NGO leader, Nani Zulminarni. In Asia interviewed Lotus Circle Co-Chair Winnie Feng just ahead of the event for her reflections on her most memorable Lotus Circle projects, her passion for education…

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Giving Indonesia’s Women Head of Households A Fighting Chance

June 18, 2014

The Indonesian Bureau of Statistics estimates that out of 65 million households, approximately 9 million – or nearly 14 percent – are headed by women. Studies from field reviews of World Bank-financed national community development projects have shown that vulnerable widows were not joining collective decision-making…

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Honoring Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus & Indonesian NGO Leader Nani Zulminarni

June 18, 2014

Today in New York at the annual Lotus Leadership Awards, hosted by First U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, The Asia Foundation honored Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Nani Zulminarni, and the Estée Lauder Companies for their commitment to improving the lives of young women in Asia.

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In Mongolia, Perception of Corruption as Most Critical Problem Drops

June 18, 2014

Last week, The Asia Foundation, the Sant Maral Foundation, and Mercy Corps Mongolia released the fourth semi-annual corruption survey, revealing citizens’ perception of corruption in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. As in the three earlier surveys…

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Featured

Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series Released

June 18, 2014

In Yangon, The Asia Foundation just released two reports in its Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series. The first, jointly developed by the Myanmar Development Resource Institute-Center for Economic and Social Development, looks at women’s participation; and the second examines state and regional governments’ roles in natural resource governance, highlighting the mining, oil and […]

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Asia Foundation hosts Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program

June 11, 2014

Last week, The Asia Foundation and Australia-Malaysia Institute hosted the 2014 cohort of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and Kuala Lumpur, coinciding with the 28th Asia-Pacific Roundtable (APR) convened annually by ISIS Malaysia. Young leaders engaged in strategic discussions on regional political, economic, and security challenges with the region’s most […]

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In The News

In First Runoff Election, Afghans to Vote for Reform

June 11, 2014

On April 5, 2014, Afghans turned out in the first round of elections to choose a successor to outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, in what was perhaps the most successful election Afghanistan has ever held. Despite a limited number of international forces and endemic intimidation by insurgents, 7 million Afghans – one-third of whom were women – stood in the rain in long queues before the polls had even opened to cast their votes. Aside from a few cases, Election Day was relatively peaceful, with officials reporting far fewer violent incidences than in 2009. The voters, covered with plastic sheets, the security institutions manned exclusively by Afghans…

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In The News

Najla Ayubi on Elections and Women in Afghanistan

June 11, 2014

If Afghanistan is synonymous with a rugged terrain and warring tribes, the “graveyard of empires,” then it should also be synonymous with courage and defiance. Afghan women collectively deserve not only the Nobel Prize for peace, but also a prize for courage and valor, especially crafted for them.

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Notes from the Field

Integrating Disability in Pakistan’s Development Approach

June 11, 2014

Last month, over 1,000 students, journalists, civil society representatives, and activists walked from the Roshan Khan Complex to Jinnah Stadium in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to raise awareness of exclusion of persons with disabilities in education. At the walk, UNESCO’s director…

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Renowned Afghan Archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi Discusses Bamiyan

June 11, 2014

On February 26, leading Afghan archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi spoke at The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco. Formerly the general director of Archaeology and Preservation of the Historical Monuments of Afghanistan, Professor Tarzi is currently president…

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