In China, the Foundation focuses on developing the charitable sector, disaster management, gender equality and women’s development, child welfare and protection, regional cooperation, and constructive U.S.-China relations. As China pursues the “Belt and Road Initiative,” and regional development, the Foundation continues to utilize its technical expertise and well-established network in the U.S. and Asia to encourage China’s constructive global engagement. We work closely with local partners to improve the understanding of China’s development strategy, development assistance, and responsible overseas investment, while strengthening the capacity of Chinese civil society organizations to tackle the intersection of these issues with disaster relief and assistance, environment resilience, and gender equality.
Addressing violence against children
After China’s first Anti-Domestic Violence Law came into effect in March 2016, and with funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, we began working to ensure its enforcement. In 2017, we built on our commitment to address domestic violence by supporting workshops for professionals from nine pilot schools/communities in Changde, Hunan Province, increasing the number of trained professionals since 2016 from 1,010 to 1,760. We created a toolkit for child welfare officers in Shanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan Provinces that inspired the launch of a free online course for the general public. And we conducted a comparative study that analyzed mandatory child abuse reporting and response systems in the U.S. and Australia to help inform the system in China.
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Helping communities prepare for natural disasters
With its vast territory and diverse climatic and geological conditions, China is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In recent years, we partnered with Chinese government to equip communities with essential skills in response to disasters. One seminal initiative is introducing the U.S. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) model to China and trained Chinese “master trainers,” who will teach basic response skills to communities. Since the start of the project in 2015, we have trained 162 Chinese master trainers from Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Guangxi provinces. In 2017, we worked with the China Association for Disaster Prevention and established a CERT Advisory Workgroup, with 17 volunteer experts from 11 Chinese provinces. The workgroup will continue to provide technical support for future training by master trainers as well as China’s development of standards and criteria for community-level emergency responses.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Let’s Read Dismantles Barriers to Literacy by Uniting Technology and Local Communities in Asia’s Free Digital Library for Children
April 15, 2019
Watching and Waiting: Indonesia’s Upcoming Elections
April 10, 2019
Decentralizing Power: The Role of State and Region Governments in Myanmar’s Energy Sector
April 5, 2019
Devex Spotlights The Asia Foundation and DFAT Partner Programs
April 5, 2019
2019 Lotus Leadership Awards Dinner
Wednesday May 29, 2019, San Francisco
Honoring Jennifer Cabalquinto, CFO of the Golden State Warriors, and Lana Condor, Actor and Philanthropist
2019 Lotus Leadership Awards Gala
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, San Francisco