Good Governance

Governance cuts across The Asia Foundation’s core program priorities and informs our approach to a variety of development challenges. The Foundation is widely recognized and respected for its contribution to improved economic, social, and political governance in Asia over many decades. Our approach to good governance addresses local, contextually specific problems within an overall framework of international standards and goals. We seek to advance governance in Asia that is fair and just, transparent and accountable, efficient and effective, and inclusive and participatory. Foundation governance programs have a strong reputation for achieving these goals by working in close collaboration with local partners and in ways that are problem-driven, adaptive, and politically informed.


  • More efficient and effective government systems, structures, and services
  • More transparent and accountable governance institutions and practices
  • More inclusive and participatory governance mechanisms
  • Fairer, more just, and more accessible legal systems, services, and decision making
  • More effective strategies, approaches, and mechanisms to mitigate conflict

Measuring economic governance for private sector development

The Economic Governance Index (EGI) is a tool that has become widely accepted by governments to understand economic growth, attract investors, and engage in public-private sector dialogue. The Myanmar Business Environment Index (MBEI) follows in this tradition by adapting the EGI model to the Myanmar context. The MBEI is designed to provide Union and state/region government leaders, as well as stakeholders such as business managers, with a tool to understand and address the challenges Myanmar businesses face, and thereby strengthen sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by an even more devastating aftershock two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and leaving vast swaths of the nation in rubble. This paper is an assessment of the role of newly-formed local governments in post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal. Reconstruction has remained in peril for a considerable period, and this study identifies reasons behind lackluster post-earthquake recovery process, as well as potential strategic interventions.