Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

Drivers and Trends in a Changing Asia

April 22, 2015

Will Malaysia continue its trajectory of economic growth, or will it get caught in the so-called middle-income trap? Will Myanmar successfully shake off the legacy of decades of military rule and violent conflict and transform itself into a peaceful and thriving market democracy?

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From the World Water Forum: A Look at South Asia’s Regional Cooperation on Water

April 15, 2015

South Asia has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation over the last two decades. Undeterred by a global slowdown, the region’s economic growth rate is expected to remain at a respectable 6 and 6.4 percent for 2015 and 2016….

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Mongolia Economic Forum: Building Credibility through Provincial Competitiveness Data

April 8, 2015

For years, Mongolia’s economy outpaced most of the world, riding a mining boom to double-digit growth that peaked in 2011 at 17.5 percent. But since then, the economic tide has slowly turned, with growth dropping to 12.3 percent in 2012, 11.7 percent in 2013, and 7.8 percent in 2014.

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Electronic Citizen Report Cards in Sri Lanka: Rebuilding the Social Compact

April 1, 2015

For Rapiel Thevaskayampillai in Sri Lanka’s war-weary Northern Province, the challenge of rebuilding livelihoods and restoring faith in government starts with city services. Thevaskayampillai chairs the Urban Council in Chavakachcheri…

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South Asia’s Water Crisis: A Problem of Scarcity Amid Abundance

March 25, 2015

The latest United Nations World Water Development Report, released just ahead of World Water Day on March 22, warns that, by 2030, only 60 percent of the world’s demand for water will be met by existing resources at the current rate of use.

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Asia’s Maturing Democracies Wrestle with Election Realities

March 25, 2015

What exactly are international norms and standards of electoral integrity, and how should these be promoted while accommodating local circumstances, such as conflict, socio-economic conditions, and culture? Last week, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the National Electoral Commission of Timor-Leste…

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A Conversation with Korea Journalist and Nieman Fellow Seung Ryun Kim

March 18, 2015

Veteran Korean journalist Seung Ryun Kim, assistant editor at Channel A’s political desk, prime-time host, and 2014-15 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, recently visited Asia Foundation headquarters in San Francisco. Kim is the 27th Asian journalist sponsored by The Asia Foundation for this fellowship program since 1956.

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Report Reveals Barriers to Access to Information on Transboundary Rivers in South Asia

March 18, 2015

By 2050, South Asia’s population is expected to hit 2.2 billion, and as urban populations grow, estimates predict that all major population centers in the region will experience extreme seasonal or perennial water shortages. While the region supports more than 21 percent of the world’s population…

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Leveraging Technology to Connect Asia’s Women Entrepreneurs

March 11, 2015

The numbers are clear: business networks are a powerful lever for business success, but women entrepreneurs in Asia continue to lag behind their male counterparts in this fundamental form of social capital.

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The Case for Investing in Gender Equality

March 11, 2015

The debate over women’s rights as a central element of development has been transformed in the 20 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s clarion call to action, “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”

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