Towards a New Governance Agenda: What Are the Questions That Matter?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

The authors explore an intriguing initiative to crowdsource the most important current issues on the governance agenda.

Coalitions for Change

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Coalitions for Change (CfC) supports key policy reforms that will make a difference in the lives of Filipinos. Alongside Philippine leaders in civil society, academics, the private sector, and the government, CfC aids the pursuit of policy reforms towards inclusive economic growth, social development, improved governance, and peace and stability. Informed by years of experience in reform work, CfC pioneered the Development Entrepreneurship approach to achieve meaningful results.

Nepal Subnational Governance Program Bridging Phase Quarterly Newsletter Issue 1 – April-June 2021

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The Subnational Governance Program Bridging Phase, implemented through a strategic partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in coordination with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration in Nepal, aims to promote an enabling environment for a stable, effective, and inclusive subnational government in Nepal that addresses health and economic security of all, including women and marginalized groups. It continues to address the core issue of clarifying functional and jurisdictional overlaps in the implementation of the new federal governance system in Nepal. At the subnational level, it contributes to the improvement of necessary policies, systems, and capacity to ensure public health security and provide economic recovery and growth opportunities for all, including women, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

Politics and Processes of Local-level Dispute Resolution in Infrastructure Development Projects in Nepal: A Rapid Assessment

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Execution delays in large infrastructure development projects in Nepal are fairly common. There are, for instance, twenty-four large infrastructure projects that appear in the “national pride project list,” a Government of Nepal list of highest-priority infrastructure projects in the country. All 24 projects have been delayed by two years or more. While there are multiple factors that contribute to the delays, this assessment focuses on local-level disputes in infrastructure projects, which mostly revolve around land acquisition processes and constitute a major reason for the delays. It examines a set of cases to document prevailing typology of disputes, dispute resolution practices, legal basis and arrangements for resolving disputes, external political influences on the dispute resolution processes, and provides some evaluative commentaries on the efficacy of these arrangements.

Program Officer, Governance, Philippines

Monday, September 20th, 2021

This position is open to Filipino nationals only. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Informed by more than six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs—good governance, inclusive economic growth, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment and climate action, and regional cooperation—address critical issues affecting Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century. Together with our partners, we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. The program officer will support the senior program officer and strategic advisor in ensuring effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities under the Coalitions for Change program. S/he will help develop innovative and entrepreneurial approach in expanding the Foundation’s Governance program, including helping identify emerging issues and new opportunities for possible programming in the country. The program officer will coordinate and engage with partners in the implementation of a broad range of Governance programs under the Coalitions for Change program supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). S/he will work with the senior program officer and strategic advisor to deliver the team target results and consults with finance and administration staff on all logistical, administrative, and financial aspects Qualifications The successful candidate must have more than 3 years of related professional experience. S/he must have solid knowledge and familiarity on governance and development issues, as well as in one or more of the following: electoral, women and gender, disaster risk reduction and management, local governance, public budget and finance, and housing. S/he must have experience in project management: strategic design, coordination, networking, risk management, monitoring, and reporting. S/he should have experience in basic management of grants, such as budget monitoring and tracking and in dealing with partners and other actors in government and… Read more

Timor-Leste Covid-19 Survey – Synthesis Report

Monday, September 20th, 2021

The coronavirus outbreak is a global concern faced throughout the world, including in Timor-Leste. The government of Timor-Leste has taken preventive steps to reduce the number of cases, including a state of emergency, mandatory home confinement, and in-country restrictions using sanitary fences between municipalities. From May 2020 to May 2021, The Asia Foundation conducted six rounds of public perception surveys on Covid-19 and the government’s response. This report is a synthesis of the data collected across the six surveys. We can see how people’s perceptions, understandings, and practices changed over time. Overall, Covid-19 was the most common perceived threat to security in respondents’ local areas, increasing from 70% in December 2020 to 91% in May 2021. Most of the respondents appreciated actions taken by the government, such as household cash payments and food baskets. There was a consensus that the government should have offered more support during the consecutive states of emergency and the implementation of the sanitary fences, as this would have been a way to offset the socioeconomic impacts and rebuild trust between the population and the government. The hope is that the data collected in these surveys will provide policymakers with more information for their strategic response to Covid-19. This research is supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Levantamentu Covid-19 iha Timor-Leste Maiu 2020 – Maiu 2021 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6

Virtual Event – Asian Voices on the Future of U.S.- Asia Relations

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Strategic Recommendations for the Biden Administration on Foreign Policy Towards Asia 9:00 am ET / 6:00 am PT In the past U.S. administration, long-standing assumptions about the global political order were repeatedly questioned, and actions were taken that represented unexpected departures from established U.S. foreign policy positions. During this time, Asians responded with a mix of confusion, concern, relief, and approval. Many feared the United States might withdraw from the region. This never happened, but many Asians still believed that the U.S. was insufficiently engaged. One durable truth, however, is that Asia remains a vast, diverse, and complex region full of conflicting trends and differing interpretations. While there are vocal minorities in Asia opposed to any U.S. presence, Asian nations, by and large, want a United States that is engaged in their region. But what should America’s role be? To help address this question, a select group of leading political, security and economic, and trade specialists from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam were charged with writing a report and recommendations for U.S. policymakers. The authors will share their perspectives on U.S. policies and prospects in Northeast, South, and Southeast Asia. Featuring H.E. Han Sung-Joo, report chair and Chairman of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus at Korea University Kirida Bhaopichitr, report co-chair and Director of TDRI Economic Intelligence Service, Thailand Development Research Institute C. Raja Mohan, report co-chair and Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore Moderated by John J. Brandon, Senior Director, International Relations Programs and Associate Director, The Asia Foundation, Washington D.C. Register for this event.

Assistant Program Officers, Youth Leadership for Democracy, Philippines

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

This position is open to Filipino nationals only. 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 programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. One of our projects is Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed). This project aims to strengthen youth participation in democratic governance. It promotes youth leadership as an important element of representative democracy and the youth sector as a core actor and concern in vibrant and resilient democracies. The program will advance youth leadership and youth sector political engagement in the Philippines through three interrelated components: increasing the leadership capacity of youth, strengthening networks for youth participation in governance, and translating civil education into civic engagement. This project seeks three assistant program officers. The focus of the role will be administrative support to the rest of the YouthLed team. Successful recruits are expected to have an entry-level understanding of project management and should be open and willing to learn Foundation systems and processes. They will operate in compliance with the ethics, procedures, and policies of The Asia Foundation and with USAID rules and regulations. Qualifications The successful candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of professional experience, preferably with development organizations. Some exposure to implementation, monitoring, and reporting for development projects would be an advantage. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Filipino. Should be computer proficient in MS Office, spreadsheets, and database management. Must have acumen in financial management, strong time management skills, and professional organizational abilities. Should have the ability to self-manage, multi-task, strong attention to details, independently prioritize tasks, and confidently develop plans of action with minimal supervision.   More details about this position. Interested applicants should also complete the Foundation Application Form and send… Read more

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, Advancing Open Governance and Accountability Activity

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. The Asia Foundation seeks an experienced monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialist for the Advancing Open Governance and Accountability (AOGA) Activity funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will focus on reducing corruption by increasing transparency in public resource management and strengthening oversight of watchdog institutions and civil society organizations. AOGA is expected to be a five-year project with a budget of $10 – $25 million. The position is contingent upon donor approval and funding. The successful candidate will be based in Dhaka and will work in close coordination with the chief of party to oversee, coordinate, and strengthen the project’s overall monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) tasks, activities, and systems. The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in Bangladesh and/or the South Asia region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in MEL activities, political economy analysis (PEA), adaptive management and iterative approaches, and co-design processes with multiple stakeholders. Technically, the candidate should have a strong understanding of open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and civil society strengthening. Responsibilities Provide technical support for core program activities, with a focus on MEL activities. Develop project MEL tools and strategies. Provide leadership and data quality assurance to ensure the project incorporates sound MEL practices. Build MEL capacity of staff, partners, and other project stakeholders to develop and implement appropriate MEL frameworks… Read more

Deputy Chief of Party, Advancing Open Governance and Accountability Activity

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. The Asia Foundation seeks an experienced deputy chief of party (DCOP) for an anticipated Advancing Open Governance and Accountability (AOGA) Activity funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will focus on reducing corruption by increasing transparency in public resource management and strengthening oversight of watchdog institutions and civil society organizations. AOGA is expected to be a five-year project with a budget of $10 – $25 million. The successful candidate will be full-time and based in Dhaka and will support the chief of party (COP) in providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the program, including serving as Acting COP during the COP’s absence. The position is open to qualified Bangladeshi nationals and is contingent upon donor approval and funding. Technically, the candidate should have good knowledge of open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and civil society. Responsibilities Provide technical leadership for activities under the project, including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming and technical leadership activities. Ensure both internal management and external coordination for successful project outcomes. Serve as the chief of party during COP absence. Supervise a team of professionals and experts in inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, and grants management. Support transfer of skills and knowledge to local staff and local organizations. Qualifications Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study; A minimum of five years of experience… Read more