Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

One Year After Bohol Earthquake, Partnerships Thrive Amid Rehabilitation Efforts

October 15, 2014

One year ago today, an earthquake reported to have the energy equivalent of 32 Hiroshima bombs struck Bohol and nearby provinces in south central Philippines. Generated from a fault in the northwestern sector of Bohol Island, the earthquake registered 7.2 on the Richter scale…

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Indonesian Lawsuit Pushes Local Government to Regulate Massive Coal Mining Industry

October 15, 2014

In last week’s In Asia, I examined the growing environmental and social costs that the coal mining industry is having on Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, home to 28 percent of Indonesia’s total coal reserves. Already, 6.6 million hectares have been allocated for mining across the province, and in the provincial capital…

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Accurately Mapping Mongolia’s Sprawling Capital With Satellite Imagery

October 15, 2014

Almost 60 percent of the population of Mongolia’s sprawling capital, Ulaanbaatar, lives in informal settlements, known as ger areas. In 1989, 26.8 percent of Mongolia’s population lived in Ulaanbaatar; by 2006 that number had risen to 38.1 percent; and by the 2010 census, 45 percent of Mongolia’s population lived in the capital.

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Mongolia’s Capital Leads Charge to Improve Transparency and Fight Corruption

October 8, 2014

Ahead of a major forum on transparency and corruption in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar this week, Capital City Governor and Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene set the tone for the discussions: “In Mongolia, corruption is so common that it has become a kind of social norm.” …

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Apply for 2015 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program

October 8, 2014

The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the “2015 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program,” providing highly qualified, young changemakers from Asia with an opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges.

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Making ASEAN Regional Connectivity Work for Women-Run Businesses

October 1, 2014

By the end of 2015, the long-anticipated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is set to come into effect, covering 16 countries, 600 million people, with a combined GDP worth of $2.3 trillion. While the AEC is intended to bring about broad-based economic benefits by creating a more competitive economic region…

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A Conversation with Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh

October 1, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, recently spoke with former Foundation grantee, Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former ambassador to the United States.

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Civil Society Organizations in Asia Press for More Open Environment

September 24, 2014

Indonesians have spoken out about a contentious bill to be voted on today that would eliminate direct elections for local mayors and district heads. Leading the charge against the bill, tabled just a month before President-elect Joko Widodo assumes office…

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A Glimmer of Hope: Women Leading Change in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry

September 24, 2014

The garment sector around the world is an “industry full of contradictions,” as I argue in my new book, Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries.

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Emerging Chinese Foundations Expand Role in Disaster Management

September 17, 2014

Last month, the One Foundation, one of China’s most visible charitable organizations, presented a new strategy to government officials and national researchers that marks a major shift in the approach to disaster mitigation in the country.

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