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Afghanistan’s Electoral Reform: A Distant Reality

April 6, 2016

Last week, Afghanistan’s top election official, Yusuf Nuristani, announced his resignation as head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), just three months after he announced that the country was slated to hold postponed parliamentary elections in October.

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Q&A: An Evolving Paradigm of South-South Cooperation

April 6, 2016

In March, The Asia Foundation’s director of International Development Cooperation program, Anthea Mulakala, joined more than 500 renowned scholars and experts from around the world for an international conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in New Delhi.

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The Dawn of a New Day for Reading in Cambodia

March 23, 2016

Cambodia marked its first National Reading Day on March 11 – a public event that calls on Cambodians to embrace a love of reading. The event was one of the many recent steps taken by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) to improve the quality of education in Cambodia.

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Social Enterprises: A Growth Engine to Stem Korea’s Unemployment Crisis?

March 16, 2016

While Korea’s development success is renowned, less known are its current development challenges. These include: an aging population, gender inequality, growing disparity, and a slowing economy. Eight out of 10 Korean adults said in a recent poll…

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Where Are India’s Working Women?

March 9, 2016

India is one of the youngest countries in the world, with a significant segment of its 1.2 billion population in the age group of 20-35. By 2020, it is estimated that the average age in the country will be 29. For an economy that is growing at an annual rate of 7 percent…

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Personalities and Issues Emerge Ahead of Philippines General Elections

February 17, 2016

Formal campaigning officially began last week for the May 9 general elections in the Philippines, with much flurry of advertisements and activities as candidates scrambled for last-minute publicity before campaign spending limits took effect. The informal campaign had already been going on for months with the list of five formal candidates…

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Indonesia’s Village Law: A Step Toward Inclusive Governance

February 17, 2016

In late December, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke to over 700 village heads in Boyolali, Central Java, about the implementation of the year-old Village Law – a major campaign platform for both he and his rival during the 2014 presidential election.

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Sunnylands Summit Needs More Than Symbolism

February 10, 2016

When President Obama meets with the 10 Southeast Asian leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next week in California, it will be an opportunity to expand and deepen U.S.-ASEAN relations. At the third ASEAN-U.S. Summit held in Kuala Lumpur last November, the U.S. and ASEAN elevated their relationship to a “strategic partnership.”

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Advancing Leadership in Asia: 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellows

February 10, 2016

Across Asia, countries are shifting from a reliance on low-cost manufacturing to a focus on innovation and knowledge to drive their economies forward. By 2030, Asia will represent two-thirds of the global middle class and account for over 40 percent of global middle-class consumption.

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New Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank Breaks Ground: What You Need to Know

January 27, 2016

The newly created Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) officially opened at a ceremony in Beijing on January 16. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with The Asia Foundation’s International Development Cooperation program director, Anthea Mulakala, to find out what makes the bank unique, implications for development approaches, and how the bank could address Asia’s infrastructure deficit.

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