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The Power of a Book in Sri Lanka

March 28, 2012

As Sri Lanka emerges from a decades-long civil war, employment opportunities are rapidly shifting from the public to the private and technology sectors, where speaking English is required. But, for many Sri Lankans living in impoverished outskirts or the war-torn North, English-language books are a luxury and remain out of reach.

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Advancing Women in Asia

March 7, 2012

The phrase “gender equality as smart economics” has become the mantra of such women leaders as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet. While some of Asia’s economies are booming, this does not always lead to greater opportunities for women. In fact, many women across Asia still lack access to […]

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Consolidating Peace in Sri Lanka

February 1, 2012

Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka’s charming but dilapidated capital. Pulsing with new energy and growth, major investments and improvement is palpable since the end of the war. But in the North and East and bordering regions, clashes, attacks, and decades of economic neglect have left a legacy of division and hardship.

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Thailand’s Flood Disaster

December 14, 2011

After being hit by the worst flooding in half a century, Thailand and its residents are on the long road to recovery. Waters submerged one-third of the country, left nearly 700 dead, and caused millions in economic damage and lost revenue from major industries…

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Educating Indonesia’s Poorest

October 26, 2011

To mark Indonesia’s National Literacy Day on October 21, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program distributed 3,250 books to almost 50 Community Learning Centers across Jakarta. Located in low-income neighborhoods, these government-supported centers…

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Cleaning up Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley

October 12, 2011

Garbage left in streets and along riverbanks is a significant problem in Nepal and poses extreme health hazards to residents. Exasperated by this unsanitary “free disposal” system of waste, in 1992, 16 bold women from the Kathmandu Valley formed the country’s first NGO to address waste management…

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Slideshow: Afghanistan’s Literacy Challenge

September 7, 2011

In recent years, Afghanistan’s battered education system has seen some progress – including more schools for boys and girls, and better access to critical resources such as books and classroom equipment. Yet, the nation’s literacy rate still remains one of the lowest in the world estimated at 27 percent. To help Afghanistan address this ongoing challenge…

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SLIDESHOW: Improving Water Quality in Laos

April 20, 2011

In many ways, Laos, one of Southeast Asia’s most remote countries, is at the epicenter of regional debate over water and environmental sustainability. More than 85 percent of land in Laos lies within the Mekong River Basin, and communities rely on their rivers to survive.

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