SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN GIRLS’ EDUCATION
September 18, 2008 — Educating girls in Afghanistan is of supreme importance to the recovery of the war-torn nation. Girls in Afghanistan have received new hope from The Asia Foundation, which has received a third grant from The National Geographic Society to continue its work supporting the Rabia-e-Balkhi Girls High School and Resource Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. The grant provides support to rebuild classrooms, establish science labs, and develop a library and resource center at the school. Critical infrastructure issues such as safe drinking water and poor sanitation will also be tackled.
“Education and women’s empowerment are essential components of rebuilding Afghanistan, and this new grant from the National Geographic Society helps ensure that these issues are addressed,” said Douglas Bereuter, president of The Asia Foundation.
THE ASIA FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Ambassador Michael H. Armacost has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation. Ambassador Armacost is currently a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and served for 24 years in government. He succeeds Mr. William L. Ball, III, former Secretary of the Navy, who served as Chairman since 2002. Dr. Harry Harding and Ms. Missie Rennie have been named as new Vice-Chairpersons of the Board.
NEW TIMOR-LESTE NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY OPENS
Timor-Leste’s parliament faced a major lack of essential research facilities, equipment, and informational resources. Through a partnership between the U.S. House Democracy Assistance Commission, the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, the U.S. Library of Congress, U.S. Embassy in Dili, and The Asia Foundation, the National Parliament now has a new library. The new institution, which opened in early June, will play a significant role in lawmaking and democracy-building for this young nation by serving as a resource to help legislators make well-informed decisions addressing their country’s needs.
DOUGLAS RAMAGE CO-AUTHORS REPORT ON INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS
An Australian Strategic Policy Institute strategy paper entitled, “Seeing Indonesia as a normal country – Implications for Australia,” was coauthored by Douglas Ramage, The Asia Foundation Representative in Indonesia, and Andrew MacIntyre, professor of political science and Director of the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. The paper is designed to take stock of developments in Indonesia and identify ways of enhancing the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship.
THE ASIA FOUNDATION WELCOMES HO-DONG LEE AS VISITING RESEARCHER
Dr. Ho-Dong Lee has joined The Asia Foundation as a visiting researcher through the Korean Government’s Overseas Research Fellowship Program. He is the second recipient of the fellowship to be affiliated with The Asia Foundation. Dr. Lee will be based at the Foundation’s San Francisco headquarters for a year-and-a-half to conduct research on a comparative study of fiscal policies and management systems of the U.S. and other advanced countries, and their possible applications in Asia, including Korea. Dr. Lee has served in the Korean government for 16 years and has worked at the Ministry of Planning and Budget (MPB) since 1998.
SENIOR LAW EXPERTS FROM LAOS VISIT THAILAND
Twelve delegates from the Lao Bar Association and associated legal groups took part in a four-day observation tour of The Asia Foundation’s legal aid program in tsunami-affected areas in Thailand, including the Tsunami Rights and Legal Aid Referral Center (T-LAC), which will serve as the model for the new project with the Lao Bar Association. The tour is part of a recently-launched comprehensive legal aid and legal education program in Laos – supported by The Asia Foundation and funded by The McConnell Foundation. The program will establish legal aid clinics, and will create the country’s first-ever mobile legal aid service.