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60 Years

Guided by a mission to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia, The Asia Foundation in 2014 marked its 60th anniversary with a year-long global conversation on critical issues facing the region today. Much has changed in Asia and the world since 1954, but the solid groundwork set by our founders has helped us to evolve as an international development organization and impact countless people across the region.

Our 60th anniversary program included special events in the U.S. and Asia and the launch of our inaugural Asia Foundation Development Fellows program. In San Francisco, we organized a special photography exhibition. View images from our Washington, D.C. event honoring Senator Dianne Feinstein, our fourth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City honoring Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, our 60th gala event at the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco, and a day-long series of events in Seoul, Korea. Engage with us on Twitter using #Asia60 as we contribute fresh and inspiring thinking on the future of Asia.

To reflect the integral role we have played in over six decades of Asia's development, we created an interactive timeline of never-before seen multimedia content. Designed as a living document – looking forward and back – the timeline tells a compelling story of international development in Asia from the 1950s to present day while weaving in our milestones and programs in the countries we work in. Read more about the launch of the timeline.

Our development experts continue to address the critical issues facing Asia today:

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