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List Thumb A Critical Issues: Poverty and Income Inequality Despite the region's dramatic growth, income inequality across much of Asia is rising, and poverty remains a stubborn issue to overcome. Some 700 million people across the region live on less than $1 a day. In response,...

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List Thumb A Timeline: Disaster Management and Climate Change Photographer Conor Ashleigh recently worked with The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh, a nation extremely vulnerable to climate change.

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List Thumb A Picturing: A Storybook Partnership In developing countries, one of the impediments to early childhood education is the availability of high-quality, age-appropriate reading material in local languages. Children’s book publishing is limited by the lack of...

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List Thumb A Picturing: Turn Down the Heat The World Bank’s second “Turn Down the Heat” report warns of dramatic changes that will occur in the world’s poorest countries if the Earth’s temperature rises 2-4°C above pre-industrial ...

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List Thumb A Barriers to Women in Business The UN estimates that the Asia-Pacific economy would earn $89 billion every year if women were able to achieve their full economic potential. Economically empowering women builds better educated, healthier families, stronger...

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List Thumb A Community-Based Policing in Bangladesh (Bangla version) Public security in Bangladesh has deteriorated in recent years, with increases in robbery, extortion, assault and intimidation, violence against women, political conflict, and extremist violence. At the community level, a...

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List Thumb A Imam Abdul Matin: A Leader of Influence Meet Imam Abdul Matin. He's one of over 21,000 participants who have taken part in The Asia Foundation's Leaders of Influence (LOI) program since 2007. Designed with the knowledge that community and civil society leaders are...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Celebrates International Literacy Day 2012 The Asia Foundation marked International Literacy Day with story writing contests, teacher training workshops, book donations, and more in 12 countries. The events took place in capital cities as well as some of the most...

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List Thumb A Bangladesh's Garment Workers In Bangladesh, the garment industry drives the country's economic growth, contributing to an impressive 6 percent growth rate for nearly a decade. Bangladesh is now one of the world's leading clothing exporters, second only to...

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List Thumb A Community-Based Policing in Bangladesh Public security in Bangladesh has deteriorated in recent years, with increases in robbery, extortion, assault and intimidation, violence against women, political conflict, and extremist violence. At the community level, a...

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List Thumb A South Asia Women Parliamentarians Take Lead In July 2012 the South Asia Women Parliamentarians Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, attracted 130 MPs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. Women gathered with a goal of creating a...

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List Thumb A The Lotus Circle 2012 The Lotus Circle is a community of committed individuals working together to empower girls and women across Asia through The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program. For more than half a century, The Asia Foundation has...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Event Honors Publishers and Supporters in New York On March 29, 2012, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia honored its partners at The Power of a Book reception in New York. Publishers, donors, Asian government representatives, and executives from the philanthropy, education,...

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List Thumb A Advancing Women in Asia 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,...

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List Thumb A Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia On May 25, 2011, The Asia Foundation released a new book: Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia. The Asia Foundation's approach to economic reform in Asia utilizes a range of distinctive strategies,...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Celebrates International Literacy Day Across Asia In celebration of International Literacy Day 2011, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program held events across Asia, including a book stamping in Afghanistan; drawing and reading competitions and student performances in...

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List Thumb A Empowering the Women of Asia In recent decades, Asia has experienced transformative economic growth and reform, and women have made significant advances in gender equity, political participation, and personal security. The Philippines ranks 9th among...

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List Thumb A Barriers to Growth: Local Economic Governance in Bangladesh The world's most densely populated country is undergoing rapid urbanization and population growth. The Asia Foundation is helping businesses and local governments in Bangladesh work together to pave the way for improved...

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List Thumb A Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh In the Northeastern Bangladesh city of Sylhet, a group of women entrepreneurs have joined together to advocate for better access to loans for women. Through their efforts, more women are now finding the means to grow their own...

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List Thumb A Books to Bangladesh In Bangladesh's ancient capital, along the banks of the Meghna River, two groups of formerly nomadic people have settled. They have survived for decades without electricity, basic services, or access to schools. One made home...

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List Thumb A Leaders of Influence: The Role of Religious and Community Leaders in Asia's Development In March 2010, USAID and The Asia Foundation co-hosted the Regional Conference on the Role of Religious and Community Leaders in Advancing Development in Asia. The conference provided a forum where over 70 religious and...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Bangladesh (Bangla version) Lack of a skilled workforce in Bangladesh is impeding effective economic growth for the country - and key to developing a skilled workforce is creating an educated population with access to the information they need to gain...

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List Thumb A Shahed Kayes: A Dream for Bangladesh The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program is helping marginalized communities across Asia gain access to information by partnering with thousands of committed indigenous organizations such as Shahed Kayes' Subornogram...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia: Choose a Book. Change a Life. A Books for Asia campaign invited people to vote for their favorite children's storybooks, and copies of the winning book were delivered to one school each in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mongolia.

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List Thumb A Bangladesh in Focus: Ashulia On the outskirts of Dhaka, sits the industrial city of Ashulia. Here, many of the residents work for the area's numerous textile factories. The hours are long, the pay is low, and violent clashes over working conditions are...

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List Thumb A Election Express A foreign journalist's perspective on the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

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List Thumb A Election Season '08: Bangladesh Election Season '08: Bangladesh A brief look at politics in Bangladesh

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List Thumb A Leaders of Influence Through intensive, three-day workshops, the program connects Bangladeshi religious and secular leaders with NGOs working on education, public health, agriculture, fisheries, governance, human rights, anti-trafficking, and...

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