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Strengthening Local Economic Governance


Braving the Waves: Gray-Market Trade and Maritime Security in the Sulu Sea

December 4, 2019

Blog Post

In the Sulu Archipelago, off the Philippine island of Mindanao, a demimonde of illicit traders in radar-evading wooden boats smuggle needed goods from Malaysia, while government agents offer protection in exchange for a cut of the profits.


Promoting Open Data in Nepal’s Private Sector

September 11, 2019

Blog Post

The rapid growth, in our era, of data-driven decision-making offers both a challenge and an opportunity for businesses at every level in Nepal. As government agencies, research institutes, and the private sector apply new quantitative tools and the analytical power of computers to understand human systems and social phenomena of every kind, the opp… Read more


The Asia Foundation Launches New Book “Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia”

San Francisco, May 19, 2011

News Post

Book co-author and chief economist to bring Foundation’s signature approach to Afghanistan in July Asia is at a crossroads. In an era of economic and political uncertainty, citizens and entrepreneurs are facing severe challenges to prosperity. In an effort to strengthen local economies and share best practices in the region, The Asia Foundation, a… Read more


Book Launch: “Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia”

May 18, 19 & 25, 2011

Events Post

Major conflicts and protests continue to grip countries across the world. More than ever, economic liberalization and good governance are crucial for sustainable economic growth and political progress. The Asia Foundation is pleased to launch a seminal new book on economic reform and development. “Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governa… Read more


Asia Foundation Funds Philippines Tourism Development Forum

June 16, 2010

Media Coverage Post

In a Malaya Business Insight article about the Philippines’ Tourism Secretary Ace Durano announcing industry growth in tourism, The Asia Foundation is mentioned for funding the Tourism Development Forum where the announcement was made. Read the full article: “Tourism industry stays afloat.”


British Council Launches Bangladesh Youth Survey

June 14, 2010

Media Coverage Post

The Daily Star features an article about a new British Council survey, which finds that Bangladeshi youth show a lack of interest in politics. The Asia Foundation’s Sheela Tasneem Haq, who was present at the survey’s launch ceremony, is quoted. Read the full article: “Youths for development.”


Manila Bulletin: Asia Foundation Funds Tourism Survey

May 27, 2010

Media Coverage Post

In a Manila Bulletin article about survey findings on tourism rates in the Philippines, The Asia Foundation is credited with funding the survey, conducted by the Center for Research and Communication. Read the full article: “Good record in tourism.”


Asia Foundation Economic Index Becomes Official Barometer for Cambodian Government

Phnom Penh, February 18, 2008

News Post

Cambodia’s government has announced it will use a biannual index by The Asia Foundation as an indicator to measure the country’s business-friendliness. The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce announced on February 11, 2008, that the Provincial Business Environment Scorecard (PBES) will, going forward, be used as a reform and monitoring tool in assessing… Read more


New Study Conducted By The Asia Foundation Ranks Local Governments In Terms of Business Friendliness in Sri Lanka

Colombo, November 13, 2007

News Post

According to a new study of economic governance conducted by The Asia Foundation in Sri Lanka good governance in Horana makes it the easiest place to do business in Sri Lanka, followed by Nawalapitiya, Embilipitiya, Haputale, and Hatton-Dickoy. The study covers all 15 municipal and 33 urban council localities in seven of the nine provinces and 5000… Read more