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Foundation President David Arnold Speaks on Asia’s Development and Disparity

February 6, 2013

By David D. Arnold

David Arnold Consider this: In 2013, Asia remains the fastest growing region in the world, home to 3.9 billion people, or about 56 percent of the world’s population. Of the world’s 23 megacities, 12 are found in Asia. At the same time, Asia is home to roughly two-thirds of the world’s poor, and that inequality has widened in 11 of 28 Asian countries, including the three most populous countries and drivers of the region’s rapid growth – China, India, and Indonesia. Ten of the 18 countries in South and Southeast Asia have protracted internal conflicts, and in a few, there are several. On February 7, at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Asia Foundation President David Arnold will examine these disparities, obstacles holding back development in the region, areas of progress, and challenges ahead. President Arnold will then take questions from students and faculty. The event is part of the School’s Development and Practice Speaker Series.

Read more on this topic in a recent conversation with ADB Managing Director General Rajat M. Nag, or learn about The Asia Foundation’s work in economic development and the region’s conflict-affected areas.


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