Asia Foundation Experts Participate in ADB Yokohama 2017 Annual Meeting
Yokohama, May 17, 2017 — Earlier this month The Asia Foundation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Siskel and Director for International Development Cooperation Anthea Mulakala participated in separate panel events at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 50th annual meeting held in Yokohama.
On May 5, Siskel was featured as a panelist on Promoting Inclusive and Accountable Public Services in Asia and the Pacific. Held with Partnership for Transparency Fund and World Vision International, the panel focused on providing a space for dialogue between civil society, government, and multilateral institutions on means to promote inclusive and accountable public services, leveraging citizen engagement through social accountability tools and practices and civil society partnerships with governments.
The Foundation has developed many innovations in service delivery across Asia. The Ger Area Mapping project in Mongolia has helped the country’s marginalized and poor access better urban services through intelligent use of remote sensing tools, advanced mapping, and UAV technologies. In Sri Lanka, the Foundation’s Colombo office pioneered an Electronic Citizen Report Card using Android-based mobile applications in war-affected Batticaloa enabling citizens to provide real-time feedback on a range of issues related to local governance—from quality of construction project to transparency of the procurement process – with feedback delivered directly to local officials in the form of a data-driven visual scorecard.
Mulakala participated in the Economic Development Experience and South-South Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region panel sponsored by the Korea Development Institute on May 7. Mulakala highlighted the Foundation’s extensive regional networks, practical understanding of capacity needs and strengths, and track record of facilitating horizontal partnerships offer a viable, convenient platform for South-South Cooperation knowledge exchange. For more than a decade, the Foundation has established itself as a facilitator of South-South partnerships in critical areas such as central and local governance capacity building, security and justice reform, women’s and minority rights, leadership development, and disaster management.
“By 2030, more than 80% of the world’s middle class will live in the megacities of the South and account for 70% of global consumption,” said Mulakala. “The growth and development of southern countries, particularly those from Asia, will continue to change the global balance of power.”
More than 5,000 people participated in ADB’s 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Yokohama, Japan, 4-7 May 2017.
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Highlights from the event