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The New York Times Covers Local Partner HAkA’s Women Forest Defenders

November 30, 2023 — The New York Times highlighted The Asia Foundation’s local partner in Indonesia, HAkA, for their efforts to protect, conserve, and restore the Leuser Ecosystem using a women-led forest defender initiative. Through our environmental governance unit, the Foundation supports HAkA to empower women traditionally excluded from forest protection. This support equips them with essential tools to engage in conservation, restoration, and the community governance efforts necessary to uphold the initiative.

Even though, most often, women are the ones who feel the direct impact from environmental loss and climate change, there was a lot of resistance when we brought up the idea of creating a women ranger team,” said Rubama, a community conservation officer for the Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh Foundation, which funds the ranger initiative. “Women are often left out and not allowed to do many roles in Aceh, especially at the village level.

The Gioi Vietnam Highlights President Laurel Miller’s Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Hang

November 13, 2023 — The Gioi Vietnam, a news media site, covered The Asia Foundation’s President & CEO Laurel Miller’s Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Hang. Their discussions included the value of nongovernmental organizations in Vietnam and future collaboration on energy transition, climate change response, digital inclusion, and community capacity building. The deputy minister also acknowledged the Foundation’s twenty-year commitment to the country’s development. Learn more about our work in Vietnam. 

The Deputy Minister said that work with foreign non-governmental organizations is an important part of Vietnam’s overall development and foreign affairs, receiving attention from the Government, creating conditions for organizations to operate favorably in Vietnam. The Government of Vietnam recognizes the positive contributions of non-governmental organizations, including TAF, which have contributed to helping solve problems in the community, improving the material and spiritual life of the people as well as helping to solve problems in the community.

Asia Times Features Review of ‘Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future’

September 19, 2023 — Asia Times highlights a book review by Southeast Asia regional security expert Benjamin Zawacki, focusing on “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War.” The book is authored by Thomas Parks, the Country Representative of The Asia Foundation in Thailand.

A century ago, American humorist Robert Benchley quipped that there are “two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.” Thomas Parks does not.

In a new book, “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War” (Bloomsbury), Parks challenges those who divide the Indo-Pacific into two poles – one Chinese, the other American – and who argue, therefore, that Southeast Asia must divide the bulk of its attention between them. Instead of two poles, he sees many.

For even more about “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War,” listen to our interview with Thomas Parks and Ambassador Scot Marciel on the InAsia podcast.

Singapore’s MoneyFM 89.3 Explores Go Digital ASEAN’s Impact on MSMEs and Underserved Communities

September 8, 2023 — Singapore’s MoneyFM 89.3 features Go Digital ASEAN in an interview with The Asia Foundation’s Mehreen Tanvirand and Google.org‘s Marija Ralic. They spoke with with Saturday Mornings‘ Glenn van Zutphen and Neil Humphreys on how Go Digital ASEAN is supporting and training micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and underserved communities in digital skilling and green business. 

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Learn more about our Go Digital ASEAN program

The Asia Foundation’s Go Digital ASEAN and Google.org Celebrate Digital Learning in Singapore

May 23, 2023 — The Keyword, a blog produced by Google.org, highlights Go Digital ASEAN and its partnership with Hatch in coverage of the “Grow with Go for SMEs” event celebrating digital learning programs in Singapore. The Go Digital ASEAN initiative broadens participation in the digital economy and reaches marginalized communities with the most to gain from digital literacy by offering in-person and virtual training. Learn more about our partnership with Google.org and Go Digital ASEAN.

To ensure more equitable access to skilling opportunities, our philanthropic arm Google.org is continuing its support to The Asia Foundation with a 4 million dollar grant to extend their Go Digital ASEAN program into its next phase. This program will help teach SME owners across ASEAN how to use digital tools for their businesses. As part of the program, the Asia Foundation’s local implementing partner in Singapore, Hatch, will train 1,500 businesses— 70% of which are owned by women or underrepresented communities. Training includes digital marketing, responsible and sustainable business practices and more.

India and U.S. promote Triangular Development Partnership in Health with Republic of Fiji

May 16, 2023 — The U.S. Embassy in India highlights The Asia Foundation in coverage of the delegation visit from the Republic of Fiji on May 1-5, 2023.

The visit is part of the India-U.S. Triangular Development Partnership to address global development challenges, leveraging their respective experiences and areas of expertise for the global good. Implemented by The Asia Foundation, the delegation from the Republic of Fiji visited India to explore opportunities for collaboration in telemedicine and psychosocial care. The collaboration aims to strengthen Fiji’s capacity to provide a wide range of mental health and emergency care services during disasters and in post-disaster settings.

The India-U.S. Triangular Development Partnership is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by India’s Ministry of External Affairs Development Partnership Administration II.

USAID/ India Mission Director Veena Reddy said, “The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership is a significant contributor to regional and global stability and prosperity. Our shared purpose is to work together and leverage our combined capacities to share best practices and knowledge to address global development challenges for the benefit of the wider region and the world. We also appreciate the robust collaboration provided by the Government of Fiji. This initiative is one of the many we plan to facilitate in the coming months.”

The Asia Foundation’s Trustee Adil Najam Named as New President of World Wildlife Fund International

April 14, 2023 — The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced The Asia Foundation’s trustee Adil Najam as the new President of WWF International. Najam is Dean Emeritus of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and a professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment.

Globally renowned academic and policy expert, Dr Adil Najam, has been named as the new President of WWF International. Dr Najam replaces outgoing President ad interim, Neville Isdell, who steps down at the beginning of July after serving 13 months while the search for a permanent candidate was undertaken.

 

Dr Adil Najam is a leading public scholar whose teaching, research and public engagement focuses on issues of global public policy especially those related to conservation and environment, sustainable and human development, and climate change in the Global South.

Malaysia’s Skills2Work Initiative Highlighted in BFM’s Evening Edition

April 10, 2023 — BFM: The Business Station‘s “Evening Edition” spotlights The Asia Foundation’s Skills2Work program in an interview with Foundation Program Manager Anusuya Krishnan. 

Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. We discuss women in tech and what it takes to help women returning to work or transitioning to careers in the digital space.

 

The Asia Foundation Discuss Key Takeways from Carbon Pricing Report on BFM Radio

April 4, 2023 — BFM: The Business Station, a Malaysia-based independent radio station, discusses key takeaways from The Asia Foundation’s recent policy report “Carbon Pricing and the Business Case for Emissions Reduction and Natural Conservation in Malaysia: Research Summary and Policy Recommendations.” The discussion features the Foundation’s climate consultant and report coauthor Darshan Joshi.

Malaysia is at a nascent stage of its carbon pricing journey, recently launching a voluntary carbon market on Bursa Malaysia, with a carbon tax and domestic emissions trading scheme also being considered. What factors go into carbon pricing design and why are CPI initiatives important? We discuss this with Darshan Joshi, climate consultant with the Asia Foundation and co-author of the report: Carbon Pricing and the Business Case for Emissions Reductions and Nature Conservation in Malaysia.