Covid-19

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, The Asia Foundation is focusing program efforts to combat the public health implications and the economic and social issues exacerbated by the global pandemic. The multiple challenges created by the far-reaching crisis have disproportionately impacted the region’s most vulnerable groups including women, youth, migrants, and low-wage workers. The Asia Foundation’s permanent 18 country offices and longstanding relationships with local partners have been crucial to identifying urgent needs and mobilizing responses to realities on the ground. We are working closely with partners, donors, and counterparts in government, civil society, and the private sector to repurpose existing programs and develop new initiatives to address immediate needs as well as the longer-term impacts of the pandemic. Below are examples of the Foundation’s response to the evolving Covid-19 situation.
 

Pandemic Dramatically Alters Path of Migrant Workers

May 12, 2021

Blog Post

As the pandemic drove economies into crisis in 2020, Asia’s overseas migrant workers were among the first to lose their jobs. With up to half a million unemployed migrants coming home, Nepal faces some tough reintegration challenges.

 

Women: Frontline Responders in the Pacific Islands

May 12, 2021

Blog Post

In the vast Pacific Islands region, climate change is compounding the disruptions of Covid-19. Since 2016, the Shifting the Power Coalition has drawn on the leadership of diverse women’s organizations to meet challenges like these. Now they’ll be getting extra support from The Asia Foundation.

 

Tourism in Timor-Leste: Small Businesses, Big Impacts

May 12, 2021

Blog Post

Timor-Leste is working hard to reopen its shuttered tourism industry, but a few false steps and a new surge of Covid infections since last month’s flash floods may make it difficult to attract international travelers demanding new levels of safety and hygiene.

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Give2Asia Supports Covid-19 Response in India

April 30, 2021

News Post

India’s second wave of Covid-19 is causing unprecedented devastation. The country, which was reporting less than 15,000 cases a day just last month, documented nearly 400,000 cases on April 29. The official death count has reached 3,500 per day and will likely continue to rise in the coming weeks. The health system is extremely stressed across the… Read more

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19 & the Economy

Kabul, April 29, 2021

News Post

Three-wave series over six months examines Afghan perceptions on critical issues In a survey released today by The Asia Foundation, Afghans report decreasing optimism surrounding the peace talks and reconciliation with the Taliban, and are more willing to make concessions in a peace deal involving the Taliban. The third and final wav… Read more

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy: Wave 3 Findings

April 28, 2021

Publication

A global pandemic made it impossible to conduct The Asia Foundation’s annual in-person Survey of the Afghan People in 2020. Instead, we carried out three waves of mobile phone surveys collecting the views of Afghan adults from all 34 provinces over time. There were 4,059 respondents for Wave 3. An analysis of the panel respondents is also provided…. Read more

 

Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Employment in Middle-Order Cities of Nepal

April 27, 2021

Publication

Covid-19 pandemic has deeply disrupted economic activities globally. Initial lockdowns, repeated surges in infection rates, and extended disruptions in movement of goods and people continue to slow the recovery process. Because economic activities and job opportunities are concentrated in urban areas and infection rates tend to be higher, the econo… Read more

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Covid-19 Awareness, Online Discourse, and Vaccine Distribution in Melanesia

April 21, 2021

Publication

Delivering authentic and accurate information to citizens about the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines is central to the success of national vaccination initiatives. However, vaccine-related online mis- and disinformation in the Pacific is complicating this effort and contributing to confusion and uncertainty around vaccines, the nature of th… Read more

Afghan Flash Survey 2021 wave 3 

Virtual Event – 2021 Survey Findings: Afghan Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy

Washington, DC, Thursday, April 29, 2021

Events Post

The Covid-19 pandemic presented a unique challenge for survey research and inspired The Asia Foundation’s Kabul team to pivot from their long-running annual Survey of the Afghan People to a series of telephone interviews, the Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy. Consisting of over 12,000 interviews with Afgh… Read more

 

We Need More Women in Data!

April 14, 2021

Blog Post

A new report puts numbers to the unique hardships of women in Nepal during Covid-19. It shows that to get more data about women, we need more women in data.

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Timor-Leste Relief Fund Supports Recovery Efforts After Devastating Floods

Dili, April 8, 2021

News Post

Thousands have been displaced in Timor-Leste and neighboring Indonesia after a tropical cyclone battered the Southeast Asian nations. Flash floods and landslides destroyed homes and have resulted in mass evacuations. Many buildings have been flooded including our Dili office, police headquarters, the presidential palace, hospitals, Covid-19 isolati… Read more

 

GovAsia Issue 2: More than the Sum of Their Remittances

April 1, 2021

Publication

Welcome to Issue 1.2 of GovAsia. Published four times a year, GovAsia provides a platform for The Asia Foundation and its partners to examine the critical social, economic, and political problems facing citizens and governments across Asia, drawing on the Foundation’s daily engagement with politically rooted development challenges. GovAsia aims to… Read more

 

Resilience in the Time of Covid

March 31, 2021

Blog Post

A five-nation initiative to blunt the impact of Covid-19 in South Asia combines international scope, local partnerships, and a question: how to prepare the most vulnerable for the next crisis.

 

Cross-Border Trade in the Southern Philippines Amidst Covid-19

March 30, 2021

Publication

Beginning in March 2020, governments across the region introduced movement restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19. While health measures were implemented with the intention of protecting citizens, they have impacted local markets dependent on informal cross-border trade. This research, part of the X-Border Local Research Network proj… Read more

 

Timor-Leste Covid-19 Survey – September 2020

March 29, 2021

Publication

The Government of Timor-Leste has its own policies addressing the socio-economic shocks brought about by Covid-19. From declaring a State of Emergency restricting the number of people going into and out of the country and applies a 14-day quarantine obligatory to new arrivals, to a US$200 cash transfer to around 300,000 households and a US$25 worth… Read more

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy: Wave 2 Findings

March 22, 2021

Publication

A global pandemic made it impossible to conduct The Asia Foundation’s annual in-person Survey of the Afghan People in 2020. Instead, we carried out three waves of mobile phone surveys collecting the views of Afghan adults from all 34 provinces over time. Of the overall 4,238 respondents for Wave 2, 1,970 are respondents who also participated in Wav… Read more

 

Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys on the Impact of Covid-19 to the Livelihoods Of Malaysian MSMEs & Workers

March 12, 2021

Publication

The Covid-19 outbreak led to severe repercussions in Malaysia, and the local micro, small, and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs) appear to have been badly affected. In order to evaluate the economic impact of Covid-19 on Malaysian MSMEs, The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, conducted a survey between July an… Read more

 

Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in Pakistan

March 8, 2021

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in Pakistan report assesses Covid-19 pandemic’s socioeconomic impact on women. The regional research includes country-specific reports that give granular insights on the disproportionate impact on women, which contribute to a South Asia region-wide report that presents com… Read more

 

Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in Nepal

March 8, 2021

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in Nepal report assesses Covid-19 pandemic’s socioeconomic impact on women. The regional research includes country-specific reports that give granular insights on the disproportionate impact on women, which contribute to a South Asia region-wide report that presents common… Read more

 

Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in South Asia

March 8, 2021

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s Covid-19 & The New Normal for Women in the Economy in South Asia report assesses the Covid-19 pandemic’s socioeconomic impact on women. The regional research includes country-specific reports giving granular insights on the disproportionate impact on women, which contribute to the South Asia region-wide report that present… Read more

 

Pioneering Program Addresses Trauma Head-On

February 3, 2021

Blog Post

For a decade, the Victims of Trauma Treatment Program has worked with Sri Lanka to heal the psychic wounds of war and natural disaster. When Covid-19 arrived, the pieces were in place to tackle the trauma of lockdowns.

 

Urgent Issues in U.S.-Southeast Asian Relations for 2021

February 1, 2021

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s task force report examines challenges in the areas of security, economics and trade, infrastructure, and climate change; all in the context of a growing U.S.-China rivalry, and the impact of Covid-19 on the region’s prospects. The task force was comprised of nine individuals who are scholars, analysts, and practitioners who wo… Read more

 

Enduring the Pandemic: Rapid Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on MSMEs in the Tourism Sector and Households in Cambodia

January 26, 2021

Publication

The Covid-19 pandemic is leading to a dramatic roll-back of economic progress across Southeast Asia. While the region managed to contain the spread of the virus better than most, the economic impact on the region has been devastating. Southeast Asia is highly integrated into the global economy, both with regard to trade and international travel. Af… Read more

 

Virtual Event – Enduring the Pandemic: Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 in Cambodia

Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Events Post

Join The Asia Foundation to discuss its new report, Enduring the Pandemic: Rapid Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on MSMEs in Tourism Sector and Households in Cambodia. To address the need for accurate data on how Covid-19 is disrupting micro and small enterprises, vulnerable workers, the informal economy, and heavily affected sectors, The Asia Fou… Read more

 

Covid-19 and Escalating Conflict: Three Priorities for Rakhine State

January 19, 2021

Publication

Myanmar’s Rakhine State has specific, complicated challenges—an ongoing health crisis alongside pre-existing humanitarian crises, a complex conflict landscape with violence that escalated even during the pandemic, and restrictions on humanitarian support, freedom of movement, and internet access. The conflict between government military forces and… Read more

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Virtual Event – 2020 Northeast Asia Policy Dialogue Forum: Perspectives on Sustainable Infrastructure Cooperation in the Era of Covid-19

Seoul, South Korea, December 1-3, 2020

Events Post

Watch the Forum’s framing session With the advent of the recent intertwined global crises from the Arctic meltdown to increasing wildfires, and now Covid-19, an action for climate change and sustainable development no longer is perceived as an act for future consideration, but an imminent emergency to save our lives and the economy. Among many caus… Read more

 

Timor-Leste Covid-19 Household Cash Transfer

January 12, 2021

Publication

The Timorese government provided a US$200 cash transfer to around 300,000 households that earn under US$500 per month in all its 452 villages in response to the economic shock brought about by COVID-19. The research focused on measuring the Covid-19 household payment on the needs of vulnerable Timorese people, and the impacts of the household payme… Read more

 

The Best InAsia Podcasts and Posts of 2020

January 7, 2021

Blog Post

The year of the pandemic was a long, discontented winter that the glorious sun forgot. But it was a year we dug deep into the voices and ideas of our colleagues across Asia in our new InAsia Podcast.

 

ASEAN Secretariat Highlights Asia Foundation in Special Edition of The ASEAN Magazine

January 4, 2021

Media Coverage Post

The ASEAN Secretariat profiles The Asia Foundation’s report ASEAN Rapid Assessment: The Impact of Covid-19 on Livelihoods across ASEAN in a special edition of the The ASEAN magazine. To support policymakers in understanding the impacts and developing inclusive policies for the people to resume their lives in the post-pandemic period, ASEAN recently… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Supports APEC Policy Brief on Women, Covid-19, and the Future of Work

January 4, 2021

News Post

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies are expecting severe economic repercussions from Covid-19. According to Women, Covid-19, and the Future of Work a new policy brief prepared by the APEC Policy Support Unit with the support of The Asia Foundation, women will face disproportionate impacts caused by the pandemic. The policy brief… Read more

 

South Asia Regional Project to Strengthen Community Resilience to Covid-19

December 25, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

As part of an EU-funded initiative, The Asia Foundation is implementing a project to address the immediate threat and longer-term implications of Covid-19 for the most vulnerable populations of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The goal is to provide greater awareness of health risks and preventive measures, better access to sup… Read more

 

ASEAN Rapid Assessment: The Impact of Covid-19 on Livelihoods across ASEAN

December 9, 2020

Publication

The ASEAN Rapid Assessment is a product of the partnership between The ASEAN Secretariat and The Asia Foundation and with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It has informed the development of ASEAN post-2020 sectoral work plans as well as the Implementation Plan of ASEAN… Read more

 

Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – November 2020

December 2, 2020

Publication

PERIPHERAL VISION: Views from the Borderlands sheds light on how political, security and socio-economic developments affect the people living in contested borderlands and, reversely, how border dynamics shape change and transition at the national level. This special edition of Peripheral Vision examines the short- and medium-term impact of the Covi… Read more

 

Virtual Event – Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, & the Economy

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Events Post

  Amid continued violence, economic collapse, and uncertainty of intra-Afghan peace talks that will determine the political future of the country, Covid-19 in Afghanistan continues to have serious consequences for its people. The stakes are perhaps highest for Afghan women; previous decades’ advancements in women’s rights hang in the balance…. Read more

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, & the Economy

Kabul, November 23, 2020

News Post

The first of three waves, Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy: Wave 1 Findings presents the opinions of 4,303 Afghan adults on specific issues facing the country, with fieldwork conducted September 6 to October 4, 2020.

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy: Wave 1 Findings

November 23, 2020

Publication

A global pandemic made it impossible to conduct The Asia Foundation’s annual in-person Survey of the Afghan People in 2020. Instead, we carried out three waves of mobile phone surveys collecting the views of 4,303 Afghan adults from all 34 provinces over time. The Flash Survey series is designed to actively track public sentiment on a focused set o… Read more

 

The Pacific Covid-19 Infodemic

November 18, 2020

Publication

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed dangerous vulnerabilities in the Pacific’s digital information ecosystems, as well as great opportunities to use the internet to deliver access to information. Despite noteworthy initiatives by the region’s governments and civil societies to communicate with citizens through the internet and social media, a spate… Read more

 

Asia Foundation and VWEC Organize ASEAN Women CEO Summit

November 17, 2020

News Post

On November 9, 2020, the Vietnam Women Entrepreneur Council (VWEC), focal point for the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Network, organized the ASEAN Women CEO Summit themed “Making changes for stronger and more responsive women entrepreneur community.” The event is part of related activities leading up to the 37th ASEAN Summit, November 12-15. The summit… Read more

 

Afghan Entrepreneur Adapts Mobile Kitchen Project to Address Covid-19

November 13, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellow Farhad Wajdi is a young entrepreneur in Afghanistan whose innovative idea came at a pivotal moment. He started Banu’s Kitchen with the goal of helping women achieve financial independence in a country where women have limited opportunities. Farhad built a fleet of solar-powered rickshaws so women could start… Read more

 

Managing Municipal Revenues in the Time of Covid-19

November 11, 2020

Publication

Covid-19 is having a profound impact on cities across the world. Beyond the immediate public health impacts city authorities are grappling with economic slowdowns and restrictions on their own abilities to operate. This first paper in a two-part series, examines the potential impact of Covid-19 on municipalities collection of revenues. Scenario ana… Read more

 

Learning Lessons from Covid-19: Making Myanmar’s Cities Financially Resilient

November 11, 2020

Publication

Covid-19 is having a profound impact on cities across the world. Beyond the immediate public health impacts city authorities are grappling with economic slowdowns and restrictions on their own abilities to operate. This second paper in a two-part series introduces the concept of resilience as a lens through which to view municipalities preparedness… Read more

 

Covid Early Release Program Provides Unexpected Possibilities for Youthful Offenders in Indonesia

November 11, 2020

Blog Post

As Indonesia’s troubled prisons release young offenders to avoid the pandemic, a program managed by The Asia Foundation is helping them rebuild their lives and reconcile with their communities.

 

How Covid-19 and Conflict Intersect in Kachin State

October 27, 2020

Publication

Myanmar’s Northernmost region, a zone of long-term violent conflict, rising geopolitical tensions, and great natural resource wealth, has thus far been spared the worst of Covid-19, but maintaining these positives is a challenge. Livelihoods are shattered and formal negotiations between conflict parties are now on hold for the November election and… Read more

Social media card featuring a woman in hijab. Text: Anusha Fatima aims to reduce the environmental impact of pollution by empowering communities to take responsibility for their waste. She is the founder of TrashIt, a startup that processes organic waste to make nutrient rich compost. Anusha is building a more sustainable future. 

STEM Hackathon with National Incubation Center in Pakistan

October 23, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

In partnership with the National Incubation Center in Karachi, The Asia Foundation held a 48-hour online hackathon challenge October 23-25, 2020 to support talented young women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The online challenge encouraged young women programmers, entrepreneurs, and students across Pakistan to… Read more

 

Virtual Event – A New World is Possible: Gender Lens Philanthropy in a Time of Covid-19

New Zealand, Thursday, October 29, 2020

Events Post

9:00 am NZDT (Thursday, October 29) 4:00 pm EDT (Wednesday, October 28) As Covid-19 has swept the globe it has had acute impacts on women and girls, including rising rates of domestic violence and economic insecurity, especially for Indigenous women, other black and brown women, and those working in informal sectors. Join The Asia Foundation and Ph… Read more

 

And Now, a Bright Spot: Timor-Leste Weathers a Pandemic

October 14, 2020

Blog Post

Timor-Leste is a young nation and a poor one, but its response to Covid-19 has been focused, disciplined, and remarkably effective. A new public-perceptions survey shows that the government and the public have reaped the rewards.

 

Timor-Leste Covid-19 Survey – July 2020

October 14, 2020

Publication

The Covid-19, or coronavirus, global pandemic has required huge responses from governments all over the world. Timor-Leste has its own unique requirements when addressing an event of this magnitude. The Government of Timor-Leste responded by declaring a state of emergency, which closed schools, suspended public transport and large gatherings, insti… Read more

 

Covid-19 Raises New Hurdles for CSOs

October 14, 2020

Blog Post

Civil society organizations in Southeast Asia have responded swiftly to the pandemic, in many cases more nimbly than governments. But civil society is also struggling to cope in a time of emergency government powers and shrinking civic spaces.

 

GovAsia Issue 1: Civil Society in Southeast Asia During the Covid-19 Pandemic

September 24, 2020

Publication

Across Southeast Asia, civil society organizations (CSOs) are supporting Covid-19 response efforts in a multitude of ways. In some contexts, they are providing healthcare, social protections, and welfare-related services, often focused on those with little access or who need them most. Based on a series of interviews with 47 CSO representatives in… Read more

 

Counseling the Counselors amid Covid-19

September 16, 2020

Blog Post

Sri Lanka’s national mental health service has been overwhelmed by the pandemic. A new program is giving stressed-out counselors professional support and guidance to navigate the Covid crisis.

 

Afghanistan Flash Surveys to Glean Data on Perceptions of Women, Peace, the Economy, and Covid-19

September 16, 2020

Blog Post

A new series of quarterly assessments comes at a pivotal moment for Afghanistan, as peace talks open with the Taliban and Covid-19 runs unchecked in the population.

 

Nikkei News Features Asia Foundation Op-Ed on Thailand’s Looming Economic Crisis

September 9, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Nikkei Asian Review publishes an op-ed written by the Foundation’s Country Representative in Thailand Thomas Parks. The article highlights key findings from Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on Thai Small Businesses. Beyond Thailand’s success in limiting the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis, two other crises are unfolding… Read more

 

Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on Thai Small Businesses

September 8, 2020

Publication

While Thailand has been largely successful in stemming the tide of Covid-19 infections, the economic impact could outlast the pandemic. The severe economic shock of this pandemic will only deepen existing inequalities and may fan smoldering political tensions. Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on Thai Small Businesses reveals… Read more

 

Covid-19 Report: Nepal

September 8, 2020

Publication

The Asia Foundation has worked alongside government partners, civil society, and communities in Nepal for 30 years. In Nepal, the Foundation has a long history of supporting and encouraging peaceful resolution of conflict at the national and subnational levels; enhancing women’s rights and security; supporting accountable local governance; and broa… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation and H&M Foundation Support Women Garment Workers in Bangladesh

September 1, 2020

News Post

The Asia Foundation has joined the H&M Foundation in a new partnership to coordinate immediate disaster relief for female garment workers in Bangladesh who have been impacted by Covid-19. In addition, through this partnership The Asia Foundation and the H&M Foundation are working to address the longer-term needs, welfare, and livelihoods of… Read more

 

Virtual Event – Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Livelihoods of Thai People

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Events Post

9:00 am – 10:00 am EDT (Washington DC) 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ICT (Bangkok) REGISTER FOR ZOOM EVENT While Thailand has been largely successful in stemming the tide of Covid-19 infections, the economic impact has been severe and could very well outlast the pandemic. The severe economic shock of this pandemic will only deepen existing inequalities and may… Read more

 

Pakistan: Safe Home Initiative

August 23, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

With schools closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, poor communities lacking access to e-learning facilities in small cities and rural areas were severely impacted. The Safe Home Initiative mitigated the impact of Covid-19 on families disproportionately affected by the pandemic in remote districts of Punjab and Sindh, including Sajawal, Sukkur, Khair… Read more

 

Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities

August 19, 2020

Blog Post

After 20 years of dazzling growth, Asia is now home to nearly half of the world’s urban population. Now, Covid-19 is revealing how this breakneck growth has left behind the very citizens whose toil has built Asia’s prosperity.

 

Safe Home Initiative Supports Pakistan Communities Hit Hard by Covid-19

August 19, 2020

Blog Post

Pakistan emerged strong from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, but the coronavirus is a crisis of a different color. In a society already suffering from poor and inequitable healthcare and social services, the pandemic has had an outsized impact on the most vulnerable populations.

 

Covid-19 Is a Feminist Issue

August 19, 2020

Blog Post

Across the Asia-Pacific and around the globe, Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on women and girls. A recent Asia Foundation webinar explored feminist strategies to mitigate the gendered effects of the pandemic.

 

How Have Myanmar’s Conflicts Been Affected by Covid-19 and What Should be Done About it

August 19, 2020

Publication

The Covid-19 crisis has had mixed impacts on Myanmar’s disparate conflicts and the ongoing peace process. The pandemic response has highlighted deep fragmentation across Myanmar society, in particular along ethnic lines. Large parts of the population, especially in areas affected by violent conflict, rely on civil society or ethnic armed groups for… Read more

 

Youth Activists Combat Covid-19 Misinformation in Thailand

August 18, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

In Thailand’s far south, where a vast majority of the two million residents identify themselves as Melayu, a group of youth activists collectively known as The Motive use digital content to combat misinformation on Covid-19. After the region experienced a second wave of conflict that claimed more than 7,000 lives in the last 17 years, it more recen… Read more

 

Elevating Youth Voices Across Thailand

August 18, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

Young Moves is a Chiang Mai-based civil society organization that came together three years ago as a platform for youth from all four regions of Thailand to engage in socio-political issues impacting their generation. The youth group emphasizes respect and dignity for all people, regardless of their identity. Thaksin Bamrungthai, better known as To… Read more

 

The Visa Foundation and The Asia Foundation Partner to Respond to the Impact of Covid-19 on Women and Girls in Asia

August 11, 2020

News Post

The Visa Foundation and The Asia Foundation launched a new partnership to support women’s economic advancement and address rising incidences of gender-based violence (GBV) across Malaysia, Myanmar, and Nepal. This partnership is part of The Visa Foundation’s commitment to support small and micro-business that aligns with its long-term focus on wome… Read more

 

Communicating Vital Information in Myanmar Through Storybooks

July 31, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

Stories are an innate part of the human experience. From oral storytelling around fires to digital bursts consumed globally, the way in which we share stories has evolved but their purpose remains the same: sharing information. In Myanmar, The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read team works with local publisher Third Story Project in merging traditional an… Read more

 

Overcoming As 14: The Role of State and Region Governments in Supporting Myanmar’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan

July 29, 2020

Publication

In Myanmar, the recently released Overcoming as One: Covid-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) sets out the Union government’s economic response to Covid-19, ranging from action on personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement to direct cash transfers to households. The CERP outlines an ambitious economic response to Covid-19 and provides a useful too… Read more

 

Timor-Leste Covid-19 Survey – May 2020

July 29, 2020

Publication

The Covid-19, or coronavirus, global pandemic has required huge responses from governments all over the world. Timor-Leste has its own unique requirements when addressing an event of this magnitude. The Government of Timor-Leste responded by declaring a state of emergency, which closed schools, suspended public transport and large gatherings, insti… Read more

 

Sri Lanka’s Youth Discover Values4All during the Global Pandemic

July 22, 2020

Blog Post

When discriminatory content broke out on social media during Sri Lanka’s ongoing coronavirus curfew, a program for young people, called Values4All, used its online presence and some special tools to push for tolerance, compassion, and unity in crisis.

 

Notes from Colombo: Sri Lanka Weathers the Covid-19 Storm

July 8, 2020

Blog Post

April is usually a festive month in Sri Lanka, but this year the New Year holiday was spent praying for a relaxed curfew and the end of Covid-19. As we enter July, the author considers how Sri Lanka has managed the crisis.

 

Afghanistan’s Covid-19 Bargain

June 24, 2020

Blog Post

Battered by conflict and dependent on dwindling foreign aid, Afghanistan may have no alternative but to let the virus run its course. Yet, amid their suffering, Afghans are also finding solidarity and political initiative.

 

Mongolia’s Lessons on Democracy during a Pandemic

June 24, 2020

Blog Post

Mongolia holds parliamentary elections today, June 24, in a political landscape transformed by Covid-19. A case in point: the nation’s clever and ambitious “virtual” parliament.

 

In a Time of Covid-19, Screen-Time Worries Miss the Point  

June 24, 2020

Blog Post

Parents of locked-down children are more worried than ever about screen time. But preparing children for the future won’t happen by looking backwards to a pre-screen world that has already come and gone.m Today’s kids need screen-time mentors, not screen-time monitors

 

Myanmar Times Cites Asia Foundation Survey on Business Impact of Covid-19

June 15, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Myanmar Times cites data from The Asia Foundation’s latest national survey, Myanmar Business Environment Index: Covid-19 Impact on Business, assessing the pandemics impact on businesses across the country. A nationwide poll of 750 local businesses—the largest survey so far of the impact of the pandemic—covered the two weeks ending May 10. During th… Read more

 

Covid-19 vs Climate Change: What Can We Learn?

June 10, 2020

Blog Post

If humanity can put our economies on hold to fight a global threat like Covid-19, why haven’t we been able to take similar measures to confront a global killer like climate change?

 

Opportunity in Crisis: Making Green Energy the New Normal

June 10, 2020

Blog Post

Some of the most indelible images of the pandemic have been the brilliant skies that replaced toxic smog as the world stayed home and fossil-fuel use plunged. With renewables now cheaper than coal, green energy’s time has come.

 

In Nepal, Federalism, Health Policy, and the Pandemic

June 10, 2020

Blog Post

Across Nepal, the coronavirus pandemic is confronting cities and towns with a defining challenge to that nation’s nascent federal system, as young local governments struggle to meet their constitutional public-health mandate.

 

Working from Home: Not the Utopia We Were Expecting

June 10, 2020

Blog Post

“Before the pandemic took over our lives, we all sometimes wished we could simply work from home,” writes the author. “So why do 85 percent of my colleagues want to come back to the office as soon as possible?”

 

Virtual Event – Covid-19 and the Indian Platform Economy: Is There Room for Women?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Events Post

The growing platform-based economy greatly benefited India’s youth who looking for work in urban areas. This sector has been particularly attractive for women, though they still face many uncertainties and challenges. How has women’s participation and benefit from this sector changed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic? In this new normal, is there s… Read more

 

Virtual Parliaments: Principles and Practices

June 3, 2020

Publication

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in measures to control the spread of the virus in most countries, including social distancing and instructions to work from home for many workers. Parliaments are a key governance institution and it is essential that their functions should be able to continue during this time, but also that they are following the… Read more

 

CNN Cites Asia Foundation Report on Internet Access in the Philippines

May 20, 2020

Media Coverage Post

CNN Philippines cites The Asia Foundation’s Improving Internet Access in the Philippines in an article assessing how the COVID-19 crisis and internet accessibility is disproportionally affecting the productivity of underserved communities. Since then, government and non-government organizations have cooperated to push for policy reforms to nar… Read more

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Malaysia’s Marginalized and Covid-19

May 13, 2020

Blog Post

Covid-19 is putting governance in Malaysia to the test, particularly in how it treats marginalized and undocumented migrants and refugees.

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The Day the Workers Started Walking Home

May 13, 2020

Blog Post

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.

 

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Nepal’s Construction Sector

May 13, 2020

Publication

This paper presents an assessment of the challenges faced by the construction sector in Nepal in the aftermath of the nationwide lockdown announced on March 22. This report has been produced with the generous support of the World Bank in Nepal. The opinions expressed here are solely of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the World B… Read more

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Asia Foundation’s ThailandLearning.org Featured on NBT World TV

May 12, 2020

Media Coverage Post

The National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, a television station owned and operated by the Thai government, interviews Country Representative Thomas Parks and Senior Program Officer Rattana Lao on ThailandLearning.org, a new online learning portal for 13 million Thai students and educators affected by Covid-19.  

 

The Asia Foundation Launches Thailandlearning.org for Millions of Students and Educators Affected by Covid-19

May 8, 2020

News Post

The Asia Foundation, in collaboration with the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Embassy in Thailand, has launched Thailandlearning.org, a new online learning portal for 13 million Thai students and educators impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. With school closure through July 1, 2020, the pandemic is disrupting lear… Read more

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Coronavirus Dispatches, April 29

April 29, 2020

Blog Post

Schools in Asia are mostly shut down, but family life goes on; and women in Kabul drive solar sanitizer carts. Dispatches from our staff in the field.

side by side comparison of poor air quality and clear blue sky 

Will We Seize the Chance for a Green Post-Virus Future?

April 29, 2020

Blog Post

As the world stays home, clear skies are replacing toxic smog from Los Angeles to New Delhi. The question now is not how long it will take after the lockdowns end for clean air to disappear, but whether governments will choose to allow it.

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Funding the Frontline: Rapid Response to the Gendered Impacts of Covid-19 in Asia

April 29, 2020

Blog Post

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have acute effects on women and girls in Asia. Thanks to the flexibility of our donors and partners, our existing projects have pivoted to confront the emergency. 

 

The Asia Foundation’s Community-Centered Response to Covid-19

April 23, 2020

News Post

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, The Asia Foundation is focusing program efforts to combat the public health implications and the economic and social issues exacerbated by the global pandemic. The multiple challenges created by the far-reaching crisis have disproportionately impacted the region’s most vulnerable groups including women, youth, migr… Read more

 

Asia Foundation’s Mobile App in Nepal Delivers Covid-19 Updates to Returnee Migrants

April 22, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre blog features a piece written by The Asia Foundation’s Nicola Nixon, Suswopna Rimal, and Pranaya Sthapit on the Foundation’s Shuvayatra app providing real-time Covid-19 updates for returnee migrants in Nepal. In Nepal, The Asia Foundation is fortunate to be an active member of the country’s… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation’s Covid-19 Information Portal Equips Local Government in the Philippines

April 17, 2020

News Post

The Asia Foundation Philippines launched the LGU vs. COVID PH information portal to empower provinces, cities, and municipalities with access to verified information and tools in the country’s battle against Covid-19. In the Philippines, local government units (more commonly known as LGUs) are vital in mitigating community risks during the health c… Read more

 

Coronavirus Dispatches, April 15

April 15, 2020

Blog Post

Myanmar braces for the coming pandemic, the plight of Pakistan’s most vulnerable, and Nepal’s lockdown blues—dispatches from our staff in the field.

 

Peace and the Pandemic: The Impact of Covid-19 on Conflict in Asia

April 15, 2020

Blog Post

Disasters and crises shine an unforgiving light on society’s problems. As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across conflict zones, the impact will be unpredictable and potentially catastrophic.

 

In Asia, Not All Homes Are Safe: We Need an Urgent Shift in Thinking

April 15, 2020

Blog Post

Even before Covid-19 lockdowns were put in place, experts were warning of the additional dangers they could pose to women.

 

Still Recovering from the Earthquake, Nepal Faces Covid-19

April 15, 2020

Blog Post

The Covid-19 crisis may feel familiar to Nepalis. Just five years ago, Nepal was reeling from another disaster that destroyed critical infrastructure and cut people off from vital goods and services.

 

Hygiene Kits for Covid-19 Response in Pakistan

April 9, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

As Covid-19 continues to spread, there are significant implications for public health and safety, economic security, governance, and political stability across Asia, and the Foundation is refocusing its work to battle the emerging global pandemic. The challenges created by the health crisis are disproportionally impacting communities The Asia Found… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Launches Rapid Response Fund to Address Gendered Impacts of Covid-19

San Francisco, April 8, 2020

News Post

The gendered impact of Covid-19 continues to play out in countries and communities across the globe, with acute effects on women and girls. These include a dramatic rise in gender-based violence amidst quarantines and lockdowns, women’s loss of economic security, increased caregiving demands that fall largely on women, and the increased risks to wo… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Sounds Alarm on Surge in Gender Based Violence During Covid-19 Lockdowns

April 8, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre blog co-publishes an analysis with The Asia Foundation on the increase of domestic violence due to shelter-in-place policies and what needs to be done to protect women’s safety. Unintended consequences of policy responses are only ‘unintended’ when no-one could have foreseen them. The incre… Read more

 

Let’s Read at Home: A New Resource to Support Out of School Children

April 2, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

At this moment, 9 out of 10 children in the world are out of school. The global Covid-19 pandemic has left millions of children without the essential support of teachers, librarians, and community centers. As a result, parents are frantically finding new ways to help their children continue to learn and grow from their own homes. As the timeline of… Read more

 

Coronavirus Dispatches, April 1

April 1, 2020

Blog Post

As the global health crisis unfolds, Asia Foundation staff send reports from the field.

 

Nepali Labor Migrants, Covid-19, and the State

April 1, 2020

Blog Post

Remittances from overseas workers make up a quarter of Nepal’s GDP. But the pandemic has suddenly put these migrant heroes of the national economy in a precarious position.

 

Asia Foundation Trustee Adil Najam Moderates Coronavirus Livestream Discussion

April 1, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Asia Foundation trustee and Dean of Boston University’s Pardee School of Grant Studies Adil Najam moderates a seminar “Coronavirus and the Future of Infectious Disease,” on April 1. The seminar features a discussion between Nahid Bhadelia (associate professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, BU School of Medicine), Davidson Hamer (professor, Global H… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Insights on Development Programs and Covid-19 in the Philippines

March 27, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre features analysis from Country Representative in the Philippines Sam Chittick, Director of Governance Nicola Nixon, and Program Director Jaime Faustino on how the Foundation’s Coalitions for Change program in the Philippines is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past couple of we… Read more

 

Addressing the Covid-19 Crisis

March 27, 2020

News Post

As Covid-19 continues to spread, The Asia Foundation is responding. There are significant implications for public health and safety, economic security, governance, and political stability across Asia, and the Foundation is refocusing its work to battle the emerging global Covid-19 pandemic. Our 18 country offices are communicating closely with our… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Trustees Kounalakis and Lampton Discuss Covid-19 on World Affairs/KQED

March 24, 2020

Media Coverage Post

Current Asia Foundation trustee Markos Kounalakis interviews chairman emeritus David M. Lampton in this week’s World Affairs’ broadcast on the Covid-19 crisis, U.S.-China relations, and how we got where we are today. Breaking news about novel coronavirus is dominating headlines, making the context we need to understand it more important than ever…. Read more

 

New Children’s Digital Book Explains Covid-19 for Children

March 24, 2020

Program Snapshot Post

With the spread of Covid-19 and many countries experiencing shelter in place orders, the need for resources to help children understand the world around them and maintain normalcy in their lives is greater than ever. In response, The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read initiative has published COVIBOOK, written by Manuela Molina Cruz, and available to any… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Covid-19 Response

San Francisco, March 11, 2020

News Post

  Dear Members of The Asia Foundation Community, The health and safety of our community, partners, grantees, and employees is our top priority. As the Covid-19 health emergency unfolds, we are working hard to continue the Foundation’s important programs focused on improving lives and expanding opportunities on the ground in Asia. Each day we a… Read more