Transforming the Care Economy

Asia and the Pacific have the world's highest inequality with regard to unpaid care, with women undertaking four times more unpaid care work than men. Covid-19 and climate impacts have laid bare the inadequacy and fragility of care systems, driving a call for urgent, equitable action. The Asia Foundation is at the forefront of this work, joining forces with governments, the private sector, civil society, and philanthropic allies. Together, we're reshaping care policies, influencing care systems, and amplifying care movements. From childcare to disability and eldercare, we are charting a course using data-driven insights and strategic investments and supporting grass roots networks to create resilient care ecosystems.
 

A Strategic Roadmap for the Global Care Economy

August 30, 2023

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More than 100 organizations converged on Kigali, Rwanda, in July to hammer out a strategic roadmap for action on the global care economy.

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Women Deliver 2023 Pre-Conference on the Care Economy

Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday, July 16, 2023

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Strengthening Care Policies and Intersectional Movements for Care Justice In recent years, ongoing conflicts and crises have spurred the urgent need for action and political will to support a resilient care economy. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility, inadequacy, and injustice of the global childcare, eldercare, and disability care infrast… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Leads Key Discussions at Asia-Pacific Care Economy Forum in Malaysia

June 23, 2023

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Unpaid caregiving has become an insupportable burden for economies in Asia and the Pacific. Last November, the Foundation hosted the Bali Care Economy Dialogue to leverage global momentum around transforming the care economy while elevating perspectives on care from Asia and the Pacific. On June 22-23, The Asia Foundation took part in leading two s… Read more

 

Care Economy Dialogue: Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Care Economy in Malaysia

June 21, 2023

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In partnership with the Australian High Commission in Malaysia, The Asia Foundation convened “Care Economy Dialogue: Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Care Economy in Malaysia” on March 28, 2023, in Kuala Lumpur. Bringing together senior officials from key government ministries and representatives from the private sector and civil society, the dia… Read more

 

Understanding the “Care Economy”

April 19, 2023

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If all the world’s care workers were one national economy, it would be among the largest, in hours worked, in the world. It would also consist mostly of women, and they would be mostly unpaid.

 

Roadmap for Action on the Care Economy in Asia and the Pacific

February 15, 2023

Publication

Drawing on the input and expertise of Bali Care Economy Dialogue participants, this Roadmap for Action is a co-created regional agenda for building a resilient care ecosystem in Asia and the Pacific. Beginning with an overview of key issues discussed at the Dialogue, the Roadmap for Action lays out overarching priorities, key asks, and important an… Read more

 

Toward a Resilient Care Ecosystem in Asia and the Pacific: Reflections on the Bali Care Economy Dialogue

Canberra, Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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The Asia Foundation, UN Women, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are pleased to invite you to a virtual reflection session that will provide an overview of a recent regional convening—the Bali Care Economy Dialogue—that took place in November 2022 to leverage global momentum around transforming the care economy while elevat… Read more

 

Toward a Resilient Care Ecosystem in Asia and the Pacific

January 12, 2023

Publication

There is growing recognition that care work is both a ubiquitous and critical social and economic activity. Globally, care providers support over one billion people, including children, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. While some are paid for this work, most are women from marginalized backgrounds who are unpaid or poorly paid and lack… Read more

 

Care Economy a Key Focus of The Asia Foundation’s Work to Advance Gender Equality

December 19, 2022

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Globally, care workers support over one billion people, including young children, aging adults, and people with disabilities. While some are paid for this work, most care providers are unpaid and lack adequate family support to redistribute care responsibilities. Paid care workers also lack support from their governments in accessing the critical s… Read more

 

Experts to Call for Policy Reform in the Care Sector Across Asia-Pacific

Ubud, November 10, 2022

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A high-level meeting in Bali, Indonesia, this week will seek to position care work as a priority for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, where women perform 80 percent of the total amount of unpaid care work—larger than any other region in the world. The Bali Care Economy Dialogue from 12-14 November will convene approximately 70 experts fr… Read more

 

It’s Time to Build a Resilient Care Ecosystem for Asia and the Pacific

November 9, 2022

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Unpaid caregiving has become an insupportable burden for economies in Asia and the Pacific. On the eve of the G20 Summit, the Bali Care Economy Dialogue will mobilize governments, business, and civil society to forge a regional agenda.