Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

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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Timor-Leste’s Law on Domestic Violence Just the Beginning

March 4, 2015

On February 16, Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo delivered his first speech as new prime minister of Timor-Leste, driving home a commitment to peace, reconciliation, economic development, and poverty reduction. He also emphasized the need to build a more inclusive society…

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Asia Foundation to Honor Journalist Sheryl WuDunn & Women’s Rights Advocate Ranjana Kumari

March 4, 2015

As world leaders convene next week in New York for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, The Asia Foundation just announced that it will honor two acclaimed women leaders – Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author, Sheryl WuDunn, and women’s rights advocate and director of India’s Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari…

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Can Transitional Justice Bring Peace to Thailand’s Deep South?

February 25, 2015

The conflict in Thailand’s Deep South, which has killed almost 7,000 people since 2004, is currently Southeast Asia’s most deadly. So what role might transitional justice play in nudging the South toward peace? Transitional justice (TJ) is a set of temporary mechanisms, such as prosecutions or tribunals…

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A Conversation with KDI’s Joon-Kyung Kim on Korea’s Growth Potential

February 25, 2015

Last week, Joon-Kyung Kim, president of leading economic policy think tank, the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, visited The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco for a signing ceremony to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)…

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