Archive for 2014

Notes from the Field

Engaging Asia’s Private Sector in Disaster Risk Management

September 17, 2014

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan and India since early September have resulted in some of the worst flooding in decades, requiring immediate relief response, as hundreds of people have already lost their lives and millions more are affected.

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A Conversation with Chinese Fellow, Environmental NGO Leader Lican Liu

September 17, 2014

In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently interviewed co-founder and Director of Programs and Communications at the Greenovation Hub, a grassroots NGO that focuses on environmental protection and innovation in China.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Climate Change & Water Resource Management

September 17, 2014

Images of the major rivers of Asia – including the mighty Mekong that snakes through Southeast Asia and the Ganges and other revered rivers that bisect the subcontinent – might seem at odds with the sobering fact that Asia is the world’s driest…

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Asia Foundation Marks 60 Years with Anniversary Dinner

September 17, 2014

On Sept. 18, The Asia Foundation marked 60 years with an anniversary dinner at the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco hosted by Gala Chairs Judith Wilbur and Timothy Kochis, and Honorary Chairs Senator Dianne Feinstein and George Shultz. The Foundation hosted a special Forum with the inaugural Asia Foundation Development Fellows. Read an interview in this […]

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One Year After Siege, Zamboanga Critical to Success of Any Peace Agreement

September 10, 2014

On Sept. 9, 2013, Zamboanga City woke to an unfolding nightmare. Some 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters under the charismatic commander Ustadz Habier Malik had landed. They professed, despite the fact that they were fully armed, an intention merely to have a peaceful march in support of independence for Muslim-dominated areas in the southern Philippines. When government security forces halted their march, MNLF forces took hostages as a string of human shields, tying them together with rope. As a nightmare, this was a recurrence…

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WEF Declares Philippines Most Improved Country in Global Competitiveness

September 10, 2014

The Filipino workforce has long been considered to be internationally competitive, exemplified in its impressive performance in the business process outsourcing and overseas labor markets. However, it is only recently that Philippine competitiveness has been recognized on a global scale.

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Notes from the Field

Emerging Trends in Property Rights for Vulnerable Populations in Asia

September 10, 2014

Although they don’t often make international headlines, land disputes and conflict over property rights regularly make national coverage across Asia. On August 30, over 1,000 farmers assembled in Myanmar to protest ongoing land grabs. Last month in Sri Lanka, a public outcry over forced evictions in urban…

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A Conversation with World Learning CEO, Development Expert, & Trustee Donald Steinberg

September 10, 2014

In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down last month with The Asia Foundation’s new trustee, Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning, and former deputy administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, White House Deputy Press Secretary, and U.S. ambassador to Angola.

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Exhibit Opens with International Photographers on Assignment in Nepal, Pakistan, China

September 10, 2014

September 4 marked opening night for The Asia Foundation’s stunning photography exhibition, Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Artists, photographers, journalists, thought leaders, development experts…

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Asia Foundation Survey Reveals Optimism of Security Situation in Timor-Leste

September 10, 2014

A new Asia Foundation survey on community-police perceptions in Timor-Leste reveals an increasingly optimistic view of the country’s security situation. While feelings of insecurity remain high (64%), the survey, which polled 3,106 Timorese citizens, community leaders, and police in all 13 districts, indicates reduced levels of public concern about their safety for the first time […]

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