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New Paper Examines Decentralization Process in Myanmar

September 24, 2014

Since Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein took office in 2011, the country has embarked on a comprehensive set of reforms. As this diverse, rural, and unevenly populated country develops, one of its major challenges is to create and maintain regional parity. In The Asia Foundation’s new paper “Catalyzing Subnational Development in Myanmar,” JICA’s Kyosuke Inada […]

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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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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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New Report Examines Right to Information In South Asia

September 3, 2014

Globally, 100 countries have enacted right to information (RTI) legislation guaranteeing citizens the right to access information and records held by their governments. In South Asia, over the last decade, countries have made significant progress toward recognizing this right. However, among the countries where RTI laws have been in place for some time – Bangladesh, […]

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New Paper Examines Electoral Reform in Cambodia

August 13, 2014

In a new paper, Tim Meisburger, The Asia Foundation’s senior director for Elections and Political Processes, examines Cambodia’s electoral reform process in light of the unexpected results of the last election, and how the current political impasse could present opportunity for reform that has not previously existed. The paper, “Electoral Reform and the Consolidation of […]

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Photographer Conor Ashleigh Chronicles Work in Conflict Areas

August 6, 2014

In this TED talk, Conor Ashleigh, award-winning photographer and visual storyteller, shares stories of chronicling long-running conflicts, climate change hot spots, and communities undergoing transition in places where inequality and poverty remain among the world’s highest. In September, The Asia Foundation will feature Conor’s work on assignment for The Asia Foundation at a special photo […]

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Asia Foundation Announces Two New Trustees

July 23, 2014

The Asia Foundation just announced two new trustees: Donald Steinberg, former U.S. ambassador to Angola, former USAID deputy administrator, and current president of World Learning, and Elizabeth Economy, renowned Asia expert and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Stay tuned for an In Asia interview with Amb. Steinberg, and read analysis from Dr. Economy […]

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Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?

July 9, 2014

On July 1 at the London School of Economics, Asia Foundation experts joined policymakers, practitioners, and academics at a Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP) conference: “Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?” Experts and thought-leaders such as Oxfam’s Duncan Green, debated working politically, evidence-based policy, and the trade-offs involved in conflict-affected areas. Read […]

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U.S. Launch of Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines

June 25, 2014

On July 10, The Asia Foundation will host the U.S. book launch of Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines. Citing recent efforts to effect social and economic policy change in the Philippines as models, the book identifies best practices for social reform practitioners across the developing Asia-Pacific region. The event, held […]

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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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