The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.

Displaying 203 Projects

Projects : Economic Development

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Community-Based Clean Water Solutions

Support for the development of "Community-based Clean Water Solutions," by selecting a section of a river and designing a future pilot project in the area with community-based clean water solutions and participation through multi-stakeholder consultations.

2012

Access to Trade and Growth of Women's SMEs in APEC Developing Economies: Evaluating Business Environments in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia

Conducting a survey in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia to increase the understanding of constraints to women's entrepreneurship and access to trade in APEC developing economies. Developing policy recommendations for consideration by women business associations and by APEC and its member economies to build awareness of, and interest for, the role of women and the need to create women-friendly business environments.

Total Expenditures: $206,761

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)$145,664
Congressional appropriation$61,097
2012

Assessment of Local Economic Governance

Gaining a better understanding of local economic governance conditions in Indonesia so that local governments, the private sector, and civil society can address barriers to private sector development through reform and advocacy.

Local Partner:

Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD)

Total Expenditures: $4,641

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
2012

Business Environment Index

Supporting the Government of Malaysia's objective of achieving an improved business environment and strengthened national competitiveness by addressing key challenges, including corruption, lack of transparency, and issues with regulation.

Local Partners:

Monash University Sunway Campus Malaysia; RAM Holdings Berhad

Total Expenditures: $2,274

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Congressional appropriation

Support to various short-term initiatives and pilot projects related to the development of the Philippines.  

Local Partners:

Alternative Law Group; Asian Conference for Religions and Peace; Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.; Bangsamoro Leadership and Management; Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute; DAKILA-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism; Diaz Pareno and Caringal Law Office; Judicial and Bar Council; Medical Action Group; Mindanao Dynamic Culture of Peace; Inc.; Mindanao News and Information Cooperative; Pagbabago @ Pilipinas Foundation; Inc.; Philippine Political Science Association; Reconciliatory Initiatives for Development Opportunities; Ventures for Fund Raising; Women Business Council; Young Moro Professionals Network; Young Public Servants

Total Expenditures: $209,951

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia (COENCOSA) Phases 1 & 2

Conducting a study to highlight the gains that would accrue to consumers of five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) from enhanced regional trade integration. Presenting major findings of the study at a regional meeting in Kathmandu in February 2012. Building upon the results of the research, deciding that next phase activities would be result- and action-oriented, focusing on procedural non-tariff barriers and on awareness raising, including media coverage, networking and advocacy within each of the five countries and across the concerned countries.

Total Expenditures: $115,000

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia

Supporting research and advocacy to analyze the cost of economic non-cooperation to consumers in South Asia through a rigorous meta-analysis of existing literature on South Asian trade, a quantitative assessment of potential consumer welfare benefits from enhanced intra-regional trade, and a perception survey of key stakeholders in five countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Local Partner:

Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS International)

Total Expenditures: $4,418

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Economic Growth Hubs

Targeting reforms that improve Philippine competitiveness in international economy to jumpstart economic growth. Focusing on connectivity through infrastructure reforms and delivery, including international maritime trade, local infrastructure investment and improving the policy environment for international air connectivity, as well as technical assistance to airports to prepare them for international flights. Assisting the Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways in identifying economically critical roads to jumpstart the tourism industry and in preparing the business case for Public Private Partnerships for bridge infrastructure. Improving property rights, access to credit, and investment through implementation of the 2010 Residential Free Patent Law. Supporting excise tax reforms through technical assistance.

Local Partners:

Action for Economic Reforms; Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Cebu Business Club; Clark International Airport Incorporation; Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Foundation for Economic Freedom; Iloilo Business Club; Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Palawan Tourism Council; Philippine Economic Society; REID Foundation, Inc.

Total Expenditures: $2,586,663

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Enhancement of the Subnational Procurement Monitoring

Mobilizing civil society, government and private sector coalitions in support of reforming the regulatory environment so that the business environment for agricultural commodities is improved, positively affecting the livelihoods of poor farmers. 

Local Partners:

Indonesia Corruption Watch; Bandung Trust Advisory Group (B-trust)

Total Expenditures: $59,649

Funding Sources:
British Embassy, in Indonesia
2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Women's SMEs in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Increasing knowledge of the factors that encourage or deter access to trade and growth of women-run/owned SMEs in APEC economies through research and the development of policy recommendations for APEC and its member economies.

Local Partners:

Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute; University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce; Thai Chamber of Commerce

2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Women's Small and Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Researching and analyzing the factors affecting access to trade and growth of women-owned small and medium enterprises in three APEC developing economies – Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Making policy recommendations for consideration by APEC and its member economies.

Local Partner:

National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia (NAWEM)

Total Expenditures: $28,234

Funding Sources:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)
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