A two-decade push by Bangladesh to reform its leather tanning industry was supposed to clean up pollution and end worker exploitation. So far, it hasn’t quite worked out as planned.
How has a country of 96 million that can barely get its citizens to obey the traffic laws managed the Covid-19 pandemic with less than 300 cases and no deaths?
A mobile app lets residents of Ulaanbaatar vote for their priorities for new infrastructure projects. The latest round of voting shows that Mongolia may be a good fit for digital democracy.
When Luce Scholar Davis Butner fled Shanghai ahead Covid-19 travel restrictions, he took only his dufflebag and a set of indelible impressions of a city he calls “a boiling hotpot of overlapping daily routines and paradoxical interactions.”
A new survey by The Asia Foundation and the World Health Organization provides a wealth of much-needed new data, and some startling results.
Covid-19 is putting governance in Malaysia to the test, particularly in how it treats marginalized and undocumented migrants and refugees.
When Nepal abruptly shut down in late March, it triggered an exodus of Nepali workers from the cities. A rapid assessment survey shows that Nepal can still put its once-promising economy back together, but only if things are handled right.
Covid-19 in Southeast Asia is hitting small, mom-and-pop businesses particularly hard. As other enterprises move online to survive, can the region’s microentrepreneurs compete without digital tools? It will be a challenge.
Cambodia closed its schools in early March, but education hasn’t ground to a halt. As the Ministry of Education moves to online learning, The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read is pivoting to provide support for reading at home.