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The Asia Foundation Appoints Gita Sabharwal as Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka

San Francisco and Colombo, December 9, 2009 — The Asia Foundation recently welcomed Ms. Gita Sabharwal as its new Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka. Ms. Sabharwal previously served as a Social Development Adviser for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in India and Vietnam. She has developed and managed programs across sectors ranging from poverty reduction, social protection, civil society, decentralization, gender equality, and public enterprise reform. She has also managed DFID’s partnerships in those countries with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Sabharwal was a Program Officer with GTZ India, and from 1991 to 1995 served as Program Officer with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, an Indian non-governmental organization.

Ms. Sabharwal received her B.A. in Sociology and her M.A. in Psychology from Delhi University. She received her M.A. in Development Management from the University of Wales, UK.

The Asia Foundation’s programs in Sri Lanka support local efforts to promote greater citizen participation in policymaking and governance; access to justice; and recovery from conflict. The Asia Foundation’s programs there seek to identify and support organizations and institutions that promote democratic governance and the rule of law as essential for lasting peace and prosperity.

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