Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

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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Water Scarcity a Threat to Mongolia’s Sustainable Development

September 17, 2014

A new report from the Asian Development Bank sent a warning signal to Mongolia that, despite its wealth of natural resources and pristine image, the country faces a severe water scarcity and quality crisis – one that could leave its growing capital…

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Engaging Asia’s Private Sector in Disaster Risk Management

September 17, 2014

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan and India since early September have resulted in some of the worst flooding in decades, requiring immediate relief response, as hundreds of people have already lost their lives and millions more are affected.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Climate Change & Water Resource Management

September 17, 2014

Images of the major rivers of Asia – including the mighty Mekong that snakes through Southeast Asia and the Ganges and other revered rivers that bisect the subcontinent – might seem at odds with the sobering fact that Asia is the world’s driest…

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Emerging Trends in Property Rights for Vulnerable Populations in Asia

September 10, 2014

Although they don’t often make international headlines, land disputes and conflict over property rights regularly make national coverage across Asia. On August 30, over 1,000 farmers assembled in Myanmar to protest ongoing land grabs. Last month in Sri Lanka, a public outcry over forced evictions in urban…

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Exhibit Opens with International Photographers on Assignment in Nepal, Pakistan, China

September 10, 2014

September 4 marked opening night for The Asia Foundation’s stunning photography exhibition, Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Artists, photographers, journalists, thought leaders, development experts…

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Youth Essential to Future Sustainable Development in Cambodia

September 3, 2014

Despite a remarkable economic growth average of 7.9 percent in Cambodia over the last decade, and a drop in the poverty rate from 53 percent in 2004) to 20.5 percent in 2011, experts at the first Enrich Forum on Sustainable Development 2014 held on August 23 in Phnom Penh raised important questions about what makes such growth sustainable.

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A Conversation with Japanese Business Leader Masamoto Yashiro

September 3, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s senior advisor in Washington, D.C., Abigail Friedman, recently spoke with Masamoto Yashiro, early Asia Foundation grantee and one of Japan’s most widely respected business leaders who rose to top positions in the energy and banking sectors.

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