Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

China and the West: a Conversation with Li Xiaoyun

June 17, 2015

Li Xiaoyun is a professor and former dean of China Agricultural University’s College of Humanities and Development, and president of the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), an informal network of more than 20 Chinese research centers, institutes, and university departments…

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A Conversation with KOICA President Kim Young-mok

June 17, 2015

South Korea, a once-impoverished and war-torn nation that has grown to become an economic powerhouse and a provider of international assistance, is one of Asia’s great success stories, and The Asia Foundation has been a partner in that remarkable transformation since 1954.

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Urbanization, Smart Cities, and the “Sludge Judge” – A Conversation with Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia

June 10, 2015

In Asia sat down recently with renowned Indian economist Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, The Asia Foundation’s latest Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visitor, during her American visit. Dr. Ahluwalia is chairperson of the board of governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi, where she is leading a…

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The Museum as Keeper of Memory – a Conversation with Pierre Baptiste

June 10, 2015

Pierre Baptiste, a well-known specialist in ancient Khmer and Cham art, visited San Francisco this spring as The Asia Foundation’s Brayton Wilbur Jr. Fellow in Asian Art. A senior curator at the Musée Guimet in Paris, Mr. Baptiste has also taught at the Faculty of Archaeology of the Royal University of Cambodia in Phnom…

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Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation: Emerging Powers Are Changing the Norms

June 3, 2015

For Asian nations receiving international development aid, the emergence of homegrown Asian providers and “South-South cooperation” has offered a range of new possibilities and approaches. As growing Asian prosperity has ushered non-traditional development actors…

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Improving Solid Waste Management in Ulaanbaatar

May 27, 2015

Uncontrolled urban migration and the proliferation of informal settlements known as “ger” areas around the periphery of Ulaanbaatar have created enormous challenges for city services in this burgeoning Mongolian capital, perhaps none of them more perplexing than the problem of simply collecting the garbage.

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Indonesia: Achieving Gender Justice in Land and Forest Governance

May 20, 2015

Earlier In Asia articles have described how land-based and extractive industries – most significantly palm oil plantations, timber concessions, and mining operations – are quickly ravaging Indonesia’s remaining forests. Because these industries often affect women differently than they do men

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Educating Young Women in Rural Cambodia

May 20, 2015

The women of Cambodia have made progress in education. From 2004 to 2012, the proportion of women to men in higher education grew from 29 to 38 percent. Yet, as these numbers also show, gender disparity in education persists in Cambodia

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Financial Inclusion for Asia’s Unbanked

May 13, 2015

Asia’s developing economies will continue their steady growth, with GDPs expected to rise by an average of 6.3 percent in each of the next two years, according to the annual flagship report, Asian Development Outlook 2015, from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Voices of Timorese Citizens: Findings of the Tatoli Survey

May 13, 2015

The science of public opinion research has developed tremendously in the last three decades. Advanced statistical methods now allow researchers to reliably infer the opinions of millions of citizens from representative random samples, and the public opinion survey has become an essential tool in the toolkit of democratic governance.

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