January 2, 2014 — Happy New Year.
2014 will be a significant year for The Asia Foundation as we mark 60 years of contributions to a dynamic and developing Asia. From empowering women to succeed in politics, expanding economic opportunities and eliminating barriers for entrepreneurs, to strengthening the capacity of institutions and equipping leaders with new preparedness planning and response skills to reduce the toll of natural disasters, we have contributed to improving lives throughout Asia.
In an increasingly complex and changing world, a peaceful and engaged Asia is of critical importance. Since our founding in 1954, we have worked side by side with dedicated individuals and institutions across Asia through our 18 offices in Asia. We have built strong connections to many of Asia’s most influential leaders, such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who fondly remembers receiving textbooks from Books for Asia, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who spoke at the Foundation’s headquarters in 2012 after spending decades in detention in Myanmar.
Looking ahead, we will continue to address the critical issues facing Asia by promoting inclusive growth, addressing economic opportunity gaps, and strengthening responsive institutions. Our efforts are made possible by the generous support of a diverse group of donors, including bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations and corporations, and individuals.
As you will read in this issue, while our longest-running program, Books for Asia, and the Foundation are celebrating 60 years, our Women’s Empowerment Program is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. To showcase our work and raise the financial resources so vital to our ongoing work, we will be hosting events in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, and Seoul throughout 2014.
The Asia Foundation looks forward to a bright future, and I hope you will join us in marking these important milestones by attending one of our gala events, staying informed online, and signing up for future Asia Foundation news.
Thank you for your support, and best wishes for the New Year.
David D. Arnold
President, The Asia Foundation