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How Behavioral Insights Can Nudge Voter Turnout in Bangladesh

January 20, 2016

On Dec. 30, 2015, Bangladesh held its first-ever local-level elections in which political parties were able to nominate and field their own candidates for mayoral positions. Amid sporadic irregularities, millions lined up to vote in 234 municipalities across the country. While the election commission has yet to release official results…

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What Does Facebook Reveal About Public Opinion in Cambodia?

January 13, 2016

The 2013 national elections in Cambodia saw the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) losing 55 of the 123 parliamentary seats to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party(CNRP), the slimmest victory ever for the party that has ruled the country since 1993.

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The Rise of Smart Phones in Cambodia Challenges Social Norms

December 16, 2015

According to a new study, nearly 100 percent of Cambodians now own a mobile phone. In what is perhaps an even more significant trend, as a subset of mobile phones, smart phone ownership grew by 41 percent in the past year.

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Responding to Conflict in Asia: Why Good Data is Needed

December 16, 2015

The new set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals includes for the first time a target that specifically sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, marking an increase in awareness that peace and security is critical for sustainable development.

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In The News

Indonesia’s Local Elections: High Drama and Humdrum

December 9, 2015

Just under 100 million Indonesians were eligible to vote in Wednesday’s local elections for nine governors, 224 district heads, and 36 mayors as well as their deputies. Overall, this represents elections for about half of the country’s districts and municipalities and a quarter of the provinces.

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Social Media Ignites Disability Movement in Indonesia

December 9, 2015

In Indonesia, stigma around people with disabilities often comes from those closest to them. In many cases, families hide away their disabled family members, communities shun them, and government services and policies…

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Featured

Mobile Phone and Internet Usage in Cambodia

December 2, 2015

According to a new Asia Foundation survey on mobile phone and internet usage in Cambodia, the number of smartphones jumped 41 percent since 2014. The study found that a third of Cambodians now have access to the internet and Facebook, with Facebook rising to become the second most important channel for Cambodians to access information. […]

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Insecurity, Remoteness Pose Steep Challenges in Surveying Afghanistan

November 18, 2015

Afghanistan remains one of the most challenging research environments in the world. The biggest challenge, particularly for a nationally representative sample, is access – not only because of remoteness and lack of roads, but also because of insecurity…

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In The News

OGP Global Summit: Open Government = Open Knowledge

November 4, 2015

Over 1,500 representatives from civil society organizations, businesses, and governments gathered in Mexico City on October 28-29 for the Open Government Partnership’s Global Summit, with special attention this year on the role that open government can play…

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Featured

Achieving Digital Development Goals: Partnering with Asia’s New Creative Class

October 21, 2015

On Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C., The Asia Foundation hosted a live event on partnering with Asia’s new creative class to achieve digital development goals. Drawing on the Foundation’s recent voter education and civic information work in Indonesia and Myanmar, two young Asian software developers joined our digital expert John Karr to discuss how tech leaders […]

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