The Asia Foundation Releases 2021 Annual Report
San Francisco, June 30, 2022 — Today, The Asia Foundation releases its new annual report which is now available online. Please enjoy stories from across the Foundation’s many offices, as well as highlights of unique initiatives of the last year, including our Go Digital ASEAN digital literacy training, the Climate Action Initiative, the dramatic expansion of Let’s Read, and the launch of the LeadNext leadership training.
President David Arnold and Board Chair Tim Kochis open the new report with their reflections on the Foundation and the Asia-Pacific:
The past two years have been a period of profound change and disruption across Asia. The Asia Foundation’s adaptive response capabilities were in full supply as frontline leaders and staff in all our offices showed remarkable resiliency, determination, and, in many cases, sheer personal courage in responding to the multiple challenges of these past years. We were buoyed by the unstinting support of our Board of Trustees, partners, and donors. As a result, the Foundation has been able not only to maintain continuity of our operations but also pivot and adapt our programs to address the changing needs and priorities of the countries where we work. Our flexibility and strength as an organization have been deeply tested as the countries we work in rose to meet the multiple challenges—both immediate and longer-term—that characterize this pivotal moment in Asia’s history. Drawing on the Foundation’s experience and strengths, and with a clear focus on the future, we are well-positioned to contribute to Asia’s ongoing emergence as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of our interdependent world.
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region is focused on good governance, women’s empowerment and gender equality, inclusive economic growth, environment, and climate action, and regional and international relations.
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