Urban Governance


Solid Waste Management in Kep Province

September 8, 2020


Solid Waste Management in Kep Province offers a comprehensive picture of waste operations in a secondary Cambodian municipality. To develop an accurate understanding of the current situation, and to establish a solid baseline for future actions to address needed areas in Kep’s municipal waste management operations, NCSD and the Foundation developed… Read more


Mongolia: Increasing Citizen Participation in Local Decision-Making

November 7, 2018

Blog Post

As rural Mongolians continue to move to the capital, Ulaanbaatar, in record numbers, the city has struggled to provide needed services, especially in the rapidly growing ger areas. The Municipality of Ulaanbaatar, under new leadership since 2016, has sought to improve public-service delivery and better target available development funds by increasi… Read more


City Life Survey

June 12, 2018


Given the lack of reliable data in Myanmar as well as government’s lack of experience with city planning, complex urbanization issues are becoming significant challenges to policymakers. This pilot City Life Survey is the beginning of a project that is intended to shine light on what Myanmar’s cities are like as places to work and live. It is the f… Read more


The Asia Foundation and Renaissance Institute Facilitate Yangon Workshop for Municipal Leaders

Yangon, January 19, 2018

News Post

Local representatives gather to share experiences in urban planning and reform efforts The Asia Foundation, together with respected Myanmar policy think tank Renaissance Institute, held a three-day workshop from January 15 to 17 for state, region, and municipal representatives to share their experiences and learn from each other. In attendance were… Read more


Urban Governance and Transparency in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, December 4, 2017

Program Snapshot Post

The Foundation’s “Urban Governance Project” works in close collaboration with the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar to strengthen sub-municipal governments’ capacity for planning and delivering local public services, and respond to the priorities voiced by citizens in the city’s vast, unplanned ger areas. Some of the ways this work has contributed to inc… Read more


Urban Governance Project in Mongolia

June 12, 2017


Since the 1990s, Mongolia has undergone dramatic political and economic transition. Despite the recent economic downturn, following years of unprecedented growth from 2010-2014, significant rural to urban migration persists as employment opportunities and living conditions are perceived to be better in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. As a result, a… Read more

Kelani River 

Addressing Industrial Pollution Along the Kelani River

April 26, 2017

Blog Post

The lush banks and rushing waters of the Kelani River served as the indelible backdrop for the 1957 Academy Award-winning movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and today, the river remains a vital resource for about 25 percent of the Sri Lankan population who reside in its catchment area. The river is the fourth-longest and second-largest water… Read more


Xотын Засаглалыг Сайжруулаx Төсөл

September 7, 2016


1990-ээд оноос хойш Монгол улсад улс төрийн болон эдийн засгийн томооxон өөрчлөлт, шинэчлэлүүд xийгдэж байна. Монгол уул уурxайд түшиглэсэн эдийн засагтай хэдий ч ядуурлын хэмжээ гэр xороололд өндөр байсаар байна. 2015 оны байдлаар Монгол улсын нийт xүн амын тал хувь нь буюу 1.4 сая орчим xүн Улаанбаатар xотноо амьдарч байна. Орон байрны xангамж, с… Read more

Youth Civic Engagement in Bangladesh 

Six Pressing Issues in Asia and How We’re Adapting Our Approach to Address Them

September 6, 2016

Blog Post

Today, 60 percent of the world’s population lives in Asia – with 40 percent concentrated in China and India alone – and the region will continue to host the majority of the world’s population through 2050. Over the past two decades, economic growth has helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and 56 percent of developing Asia’s po… Read more


How Do You Make Aid Programs Truly Adaptive?

August 10, 2016

Blog Post

A swelling chorus of the development community has been advocating for more flexible and adaptive programming that can respond to the twists and turns of political reform processes. They argue that in order to achieve better aid outcomes, we need to do development differently. As part of this agenda, ODI and The Asia F… Read more


Urban Services Project in Mongolia

December 15, 2014


Infrastructure in Ulaanbaatar has not kept up with the rapid growth of unplanned ger areas within the city, leading to harsh conditions for newcomers. 1.5 million people now live in Ulaanbaatar, more than twice as many as the city was built to sustain. Since May 2012, The Asia Foundation has been implementing an Urban Services project in the city o… Read more