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From the World Water Forum: A Look at South Asia’s Regional Cooperation on Water

April 15, 2015

South Asia has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation over the last two decades. Undeterred by a global slowdown, the region’s economic growth rate is expected to remain at a respectable 6 and 6.4 percent for 2015 and 2016….

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A Conversation with Singapore Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

April 8, 2015

Last week, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States Ashok Kumar Mirpuri addressed the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, where he spoke of the recent passing of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his strategic vision for Singapore’s role in the world. After the event, co-sponsored by the Asia Foundation and hosted by Foundation President and World Affairs Council Trustee David D. Arnold…

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The Asia Foundation at the Seventh World Water Forum

April 8, 2015

The seventh World Water Forum, the world’s largest water event, kicks off April 12 in Daegu, Korea. The Asia Foundation’s Mandakini Surie joins experts and high-level officials to discuss pressing global water challenges. The Foundation will present a side event on the Mekong-Ganga Dialogue, organized by New Delhi’s Observer Research Foundation and M-POWER, the Mekong […]

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Indian Supreme Court Nullifies Controversial Internet Speech Law

April 1, 2015

In a decision being hailed by the Indian press, legal activists, and citizen journalists as a significant victory for freedom of expression, the Supreme Court of India has struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000. The controversial law allowed judges to impose fines and prison…

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SLIDESHOW

Asia Foundation Development Fellows Travel to Singapore and Nepal

April 1, 2015

During the first two weeks of March, the 2015 class of Asia Foundation Development Fellows traveled to Singapore and Nepal for training and on-the-ground development experience. Asia Foundation Development Fellows are highly talented individuals under age 40 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, integrity, and leadership potential in their professional fields and the larger community.

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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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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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World Water Day 2015: Links We Like

March 18, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is focused on water and sustainable development. The relationship between water and development is particularly critical in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the most water-stressed regions in the world, and home to 61 percent of the world’s people, with a population expected to reach five billion by 2050.

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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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