Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

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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Is Phnom Penh Losing its Luster under Rapid Urbanization?

February 18, 2015

There were around 32,000 people living in Phnom Penh when the Pol Pot regime was expelled from the city in 1978. Today, there are over 2 million people crammed into Cambodia’s capital, growing by an estimated 50,000 people each year.

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A New Era of Development Finance

February 11, 2015

The global development landscape has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. In 2000, bilateral Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors (UK, U.S., Japan, France) and multilateral institutions like the World Bank dominated the provision of aid. Today, the face of aid is increasingly Asian.

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As Aid Landscape Shifts, Security and Justice Programs Remain Critical in Timor-Leste

February 11, 2015

In October, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jose Ramos-Horta, former president of Timor-Leste, Nobel Peace laureate, and former head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Guinea Bissau…

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Watch: Securing Property Rights in the Philippines

February 11, 2015

Over 12 million families in the Philippines do not own the rights to their own homes, and without legal ownership, homeowners cannot secure a loan or hand down a property to their children. “The issue of property rights is central to both economic development and political development…

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