Eye on South Asia: Challenges to Development and Democracy

Event: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Berkeley

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
University of California Berkeley Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

Home to 1.7 billion people, South Asia was the world’s fastest growing economic region in 2016, and is expected to hold this spot in 2017. However, South Asian countries continue to face daunting challenges of persistent poverty, widening inequality, and growing instability. Over the long term, prospects for inclusive growth will depend heavily on the region’s ability to address fundamental governance issues: managing conflict, reducing corruption, increasing transparency, expanding access to justice, and increasing citizens’ voice and participation.

Join experts from The Asia Foundation’s country offices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal for a dynamic panel discussion on the prospects for democracy, stability, and sustainable development in South Asia.

Sanchita Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies 

Abdullah Ahmadzai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Afghanistan
Hasan Mazumdar, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Bangladesh
Sagar Prasai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, India
Sofia Shakil, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Pakistan
Dinesha de Silva, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Sri Lanka
George Varughese, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Nepal

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