Christiane Amanpour Tells Us Why It’s Crucial to Shine a Light on Gender Inequality Every Day

March 27, 2019

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Celebrated CNN and PBS journalist Christiane Amanpour talked with InAsia this week about why she’s so committed to shining a spotlight on women’s lives. On April 3 in New York City, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle will honor celebrated journalist Christiane Amanpour and pioneering social enterprise SafetiPin with its annual Lotus Leadership Awar… Read more


The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Lotus Leadership Awards in New York to Honor Christiane Amanpour and SafetiPin

New York City, March 19, 2019

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The Asia Foundation announces the honorees of the 2019 Lotus Leadership Awards Gala, New York to be hosted on Wednesday, April 3 at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour will be honored with the Lotus Leadership Award for her extraordinary leadership in raising the voices and stories of women worldwi… Read more


Lotus Leadership Awards Gala Honoring Christiane Amanpour and SafetiPin

New York City, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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6:30 pm Reception 7:30 pm Dinner Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions towards women’s and girls’ empowerment in Asia. The Awards Galas are hosted annually in New York and San Francisco by the Lotus Circle, a vibrant co… Read more


In India’s Cities, Women Should Work, Thrive, and Loiter

January 16, 2019

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They say that India lives in its villages, but this is changing. In 30 years, some 60 percent of India’s population will live in cities. Larger metros such as New Delhi or Mumbai are already grappling with the challenges presented by the constant influx of rural migrants. These megacities are growing rapidly, while their governments are playing cat… Read more


The Asia Foundation Launches New Initiative to Support Online Platforms and Inclusive Growth

March 19, 2018

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What can be done to help entrepreneurs with great ideas for positive social change to make their dream a reality? How can small and medium sized enterprises grow and access new trade opportunities? How can technology be used to improve lives across the Asia-Pacific region? The Asia Foundation believes that by investing in new technologies, and crea… Read more

Women walk in India 

Making Gender a Priority in Asian-Led Development Cooperation

October 4, 2017

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Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls and empowering them to be active participants in society are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. While Goal 5 of the SDGs is a stand-alone goal focusing on women and girls, 11 of the 17 SDGs recognize achieving gender equality as a crucial part… Read more

Delhi street scene 

Asian Solutions to Asia’s Urban Challenges

June 14, 2017

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According to UN Habitat’s most recent World Cities Report, cities today make up more than half of the world’s population, emit 70 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, and account for 80 percent of global GDP. These figures underscore the fact that rapid urbanization is one the most critical trends shaping the world today. And nowhere wi… Read more


SafetiPin: A Tool to Build Safer Cities for Women

May 11, 2016

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The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 sparked national outrage in India. Since then, other brutal acts of violence have taken place in India’s cities, including the rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student on April 28 in Kerala. There were 337,922 reported crimes against women in 2014, among them over 36,000 were rape…. Read more


Can Technology Transform Governance in India?

March 30, 2016

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A group of engineering students trudge up the stairs of an engineering college in the heart of Bangalore’s swanky Electronics City. Flip-flops beat against tiled floors, fingers run through bed-head hair. These bright minds are partly behind India’s unprecedented growth over the last two decades: the young tech-elite who power Indian technology’s heavy hitters like Infosys (whose sprawling campus is across the street), and run global giants like Google and Microsoft. As they fire up their laptops and plug in their headphones, these 50-odd data scientists, software engineers, and computer scientists are turning their attention toward something normally considered beyond their realm.