Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

To Ensure Stability in South Asia, Protection of Religious Minorities a Must

February 3, 2016

At the South Asian Forum for Minorities (SAFM) last week, prominent parliamentarians, government functionaries, civil society activists, and journalists put forward a first-ever call to action to the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation…

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A Look at Asia Foundation Highlights in 2016

January 27, 2016

What’s ahead in 2016 at The Asia Foundation? Over the next 12 months, we’ll be examining emerging trends in development, sharing insights into addressing Asia’s critical issues, and featuring the knowledge of our engaged partner and donor communities.

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Conversation with Economist Namet Ilahi on Pakistan’s Biggest Challenges, Opportunities

January 27, 2016

The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with veteran development practitioner and economist, Namet Ilahi, who began his career in the early 1970s as Pakistan’s joint secretary in the Planning Commission, and since worked as a lead consultant in over a dozen countries…

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2016 Australasian Aid Conference Convenes Leading Researchers on Global Development

January 27, 2016

It’s not often that Canberra can be described as an international crossroads. But on February 10-11 it will be a hotbed of discussion when researchers and practitioners from across Asia, the Pacific, and beyond converge on The Australian National University…

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How Behavioral Insights Can Nudge Voter Turnout in Bangladesh

January 20, 2016

On Dec. 30, 2015, Bangladesh held its first-ever local-level elections in which political parties were able to nominate and field their own candidates for mayoral positions. Amid sporadic irregularities, millions lined up to vote in 234 municipalities across the country. While the election commission has yet to release official results…

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What Does Facebook Reveal About Public Opinion in Cambodia?

January 13, 2016

The 2013 national elections in Cambodia saw the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) losing 55 of the 123 parliamentary seats to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party(CNRP), the slimmest victory ever for the party that has ruled the country since 1993.

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Leading Chinese Archaeologist Offers Glimpse into Life of Han Dynasty King

January 13, 2016

In November, preeminent Chinese archaeologist, Li Zebin, gave a presentation at The Asia Foundation in San Francisco about the excavation he helped lead on what is considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries in China in recent years…

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The Rise of Smart Phones in Cambodia Challenges Social Norms

December 16, 2015

According to a new study, nearly 100 percent of Cambodians now own a mobile phone. In what is perhaps an even more significant trend, as a subset of mobile phones, smart phone ownership grew by 41 percent in the past year.

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Responding to Conflict in Asia: Why Good Data is Needed

December 16, 2015

The new set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals includes for the first time a target that specifically sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, marking an increase in awareness that peace and security is critical for sustainable development.

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Local Pathways to Disability-Inclusive Governance in Indonesia

December 16, 2015

“Nothing About Us Without Us” has become a familiar slogan used by the international disability movement and relies on the principle of full participation for all. However, in Indonesia, where people with disabilities (PWDs) still face enormous barriers…

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