The Asia Foundation began supporting work related to the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s. Since then, we have successfully collaborated with government agencies and institutions, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs, on United States-China exchanges, social governance innovation, and disaster management. The Foundation has also supported many projects with Chinese academic and nonprofit partners to strengthen philanthropy. Today we focus on international relations and people-to-people exchanges, regional cooperation, women’s empowerment, inclusive economic growth, advocating for environment and climate action, and developing the charitable sector.

Jianxin Zhang,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – China

Room 1218, Block B, COFCO Plaza
No.8 Jianguomennei Avenue
Dongcheng District
Beijing, China 100005

Tel: + 86 (10) 5367-1100
+ 86 (10) 5367-2200
Email: [email protected]

Equipping Women-Owned Businesses During Covid-19

As the cost of living rises across China’s cities, more factory jobs are moving abroad while a growing number of migrant women aspire to start their own successful businesses. To do it, they need capital and skills. Our Migrant Women-Owned Businesses program in Shanghai gets these entrepreneurs up to speed in management, innovations, project design, cost control, taxation planning, and corporate social responsibility. When Covid-19 hit, our long-term local partner also provided advice on labor disputes, contract and lease issues, financial challenges, and reducing operational costs.

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.

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