Expand Economic Opportunity
We support Asian initiatives to foster inclusive economic growth and broaden economic opportunities. We work at all levels–from local to regional–to increase economic opportunities and expand investment and trade; strengthen partnerships among governments, private enterprise, and civil society to promote broad-based, sustainable growth; and improve the responsiveness of public authorities to demand a more supportive business environment, including for women entrepreneurs.
- Improved business climate to foster inclusive growth
- Reduced barriers to regional trade and investment
- Increased societal benefits through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and innovation
Middle-Income Trap: Economic Myth, Political Reality
While Asia continues to set pace as the world’s fastest growing region, some Asian middle-income countries (MICs) are showing signs of economic slowdown and face stiff competition from lower-cost economies. The implications that could result from this economic growth slowdown in MICs are of serious concern to economists and political decision-makers. The threat of the “middle-income trap” (MIT) looms over Asian MICs such as Thailand and Malaysia, the two countries profiled in this research initiative.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY NEWS
Critical Reforms to Bangladesh's Leather Sector
Under its partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Foundation has played a catalyzing role in the relocation of the leather tanning industry from central Dhaka—where it was heavily polluting the Buriganga River—to a new, environmentally-compliant industrial estate outside the city.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Women’s Entrepreneurship in Korea: Tapping a Potent Source of National Prosperity
November 20, 2019
Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Survey of the Afghan People
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – Fall 2019
November 18, 2019
The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank Host Livable Cities Forum
November 15, 2019
Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future
Meet Akshat Singhal and Sohara Mehroze, two of our 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.