The Asia Foundation’s Governance programs support local initiatives aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and responsiveness of governance in Asian countries. Read Program Overview.
Over the past few decades under increasing pressures of globalization, Asian countries have faced extraordinary economic, social, and political challenges. A growing body of literature suggests that the single most important factor in the relative success of different countries in overcoming the challenges and improving development trajectories has been the quality of governance. The Asia Foundation defines governance as the institutions and processes through which the economy and society are regulated, public resources are allocated, and government decisions are enforced. In the coming decades, continued growth and stability will increasingly depend on steady improvements in all of these areas.
Projects and activities under the Foundation's Governance Programs are pursued within a wide range of areas, including: conflict management, counter‑corruption, decentralization and local governance, development of central executive institutions of government, legislative development, civil society development, media development, information and communication technology, and Islam and development.