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Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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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: Nepal's Migrant Workers Photographer Conor Ashleigh worked with The Asia Foundation in Nepal in 2013, and shared these reflections.

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List Thumb A Supporting Business to Build Community Resilience to Disaster Community resilience depends greatly on the ability of the private sector—particularly small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) —to bounce back, re-establish production, and continue to provide employment to...

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List Thumb A The Asia Foundation's Economic Development Program The Asia Foundation's Economic Development Program The Asia Foundation has a long history of supporting economic growth across Asia through both public and private channels. Our approach is to empower local entrepreneurs with...

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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 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 The Asia Foundation in China China's economic transformation presents challenges both for the country's rapidly changing society and for the government, which has undertaken reforms to promote the rule of law, curb pollution, and encourage more...

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List Thumb A From Batticaloa: Full-fledged community efforts to spark growth in the East Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A From Vavuniya: Entrepreneurs put public concerns on the table in the North Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A From Jaffna, an Exclusive: Damaged ancient city survives and recovers Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A Consolidating Peace in Sri Lanka Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A The Asia Foundation in Indonesia For nearly six decades, The Asia Foundation has worked with Indonesian partners to help consolidate democracy, strengthen civil society, promote economic growth, and improve government services in Indonesia. The Foundation and...

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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 The Asia Foundation's Economic Reform and Development Program In recent decades, Asia has been one of the fastest growing regions. Despite this, inequality has continued to rise. Bruce Tolentino, Asia Foundation Director of Economic Programs, explains some of the causes of inequality and...

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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 Economic Governance Index The Asia Foundation surveys local government regulations across a single country, and assesses their impact on local business growth.

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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 Improving Livelihoods: Public-Private Dialogues in Cambodia Despite a growing manufacturing sector, roughly 92 percent of poor Cambodians still live in rural areas and depend on rapidly depleting natural resources like land, fish, forests and clean rivers for their livelihoods. Access...

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List Thumb A Partnering for Prosperity: The Asia Foundation's Local Economic Governance Program in Sri Lanka Partnering for Prosperity: The Asia Foundation's Local Economic Governance Program in Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, poor communication between the public and private sectors is one of the major impediments to economic growth. The...

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