Conflict and Fragile Conditions
Violent conflict and fragile governance present enormous challenges for development and security in Asia. In places where violence is widespread and government ceases to function, the pace of development falls dramatically and conditions can deteriorate to extreme levels. The Foundation supports local efforts to improve engagement between government and citizens; strengthens peacebuilding efforts and transitional institutions; and strengthens informal institutions that provide justice, stability, and services where the state has limited reach and/or legitimacy.
There is limited data available on violence, within countries and globally. This lack of data has made it difficult to rigorously assess the prevalence and drivers of different forms of violence. Having fine-grained rigorous data can help policymakers and practitioners to take actions to prevent and respond to violence. The Foundation is supporting the development of Violent Incidents Monitoring Systems across Asia. These systems track and code individual violent incidents, feeding information into databases that allow for easy analysis of patterns and trends in violence.
Transforming conflict in Southern Thailand
The Asia Foundation is one of the most active and respected international organizations working in conflict mitigation efforts in Thailand’s southern border provinces. We helped address bitter grievances rooted in historical and cultural identity, rights protection, and access to justice that underlie Malay-Muslim discontent with the Thai State. For decades, the Malay-Muslim community has called for the renaming of villages in a manner that reflects the identity of the region. We supported local partners to successfully advocate the government to restore the traditional Malay-language names of 10 villages. In addition, we trained 994 respected religious and secular leaders to channel citizen views and expectations concerning the conflict to decision-makers, while local news media reached more than 200,000 radio listeners with balanced analysis of conflict issues and the peace process.
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