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Social Media: A Game Changer in Philippine Elections

April 27, 2016

Less than two weeks before May 9 presidential elections in the Philippines, it is still anyone’s ballgame and no one knows who will emerge as the frontrunner. With such a tightly contested race, it is bound to be a “last two minutes” kind of game, with each candidate scrambling to make the winning shot. How exactly will the candidates swing the votes in their favor on election day? It will likely be through a number of factors…

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A Conversation with Writer and Activist Ma Thida on Post-Election Myanmar

March 23, 2016

The Asia Foundation recently hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., focused on changes underway in post-election Myanmar, which included the Foundation’s country representative in Myanmar, Kim Ninh, along with Ma Thida, noted human rights activist, surgeon, and writer.

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Notes from the Field

Deforestation Now Urgent Concern in Post-War Sri Lanka

March 16, 2016

Following parliamentary elections in August 2015 and six years after the end of a bloody, decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, has made the important decision to keep the Ministry of Environment directly under his wing.

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Economic Growth Brings Optimism and Rising Expectations in Cambodia

February 24, 2016

Bolstered by a massive construction boom over the last few years, Cambodia now boasts one of the world’s fastest growing economies and was one of the few countries able to meet its Millennium Development Goals. In fact, Cambodia, which has halved its poverty rate in one decade, is now entering lower-middle income status.

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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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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 Photos: Elections Make History, Generate Hope for a New Myanmar

November 11, 2015

On Sunday, November 8, more than 30 million voters in Myanmar went to the polls to cast their votes for members of the Union Parliament as well as for the 14 state and region parliaments. These were the first elections in many decades in which an astounding 91 diverse political parties participated. Given that many were voting for the first time, the Union Election Commission, political parties, and hundreds of civil society organizations provided much-needed voter education.

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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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Notes from the Field

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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