Phhom Penh, December 17, 2019 — Shiseido Asia Pacific and The Asia Foundation have successfully concluded the inaugural Girls Learning & Leading (GLL) program, a scholarship program empowering marginalized young women at a critical time when many drop out of school to find paying jobs. The first cohort of 102 female scholars in Cambodia completed the eight-month program with impressive academic results and critical soft skills development. With the success of the pilot GLL program, plans are underway in 2020 to expand the program to more high schools in Cambodia; as well as other Southeast Asian countries in the longer term.
Canberra, Australia, December 16, 2019 — The Asia Foundation, in partnership with the Development Policy Centre at Australian National University , will host the 2020 Australasian Aid Conference on February 17-19 at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy in Canberra. With over 600 people registered last year, the annual event is Australia’s premier aid and development conference. The keynote address will be delivered by former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy, who will be speaking on women, peace, and security
December 12, 2019 — In partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, The Asia Foundation implemented a one-week U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy study tour to Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines for 8 Korean broadcast journalists, accompanied by The Asia Foundation Korea and U.S
December 10, 2019 — The Asia Foundation has been supporting the annual APEC App Challenge since 2017. The 2019 APEC App Challenge brought together 22 software developers and designers to design, build, and demo innovative mobile and web apps that have the potential to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses in APEC economies.
Asia Foundation perception poll of 17,812 Afghans includes new questions on peace, elections, and reconciliation Kabul, December 3, 2019 — According to a new survey released today by The Asia Foundation in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington DC, Afghans report a slight uptick in optimism, with 36.1% of respondents saying the country is going in the right direction in 2019, up from 32.8% in 2018. Of Afghans who say they are optimistic, 26.3% point to “peace/end of war,” a significant increase from 16.4% last year
November 27, 2019 — This week, the Women’s Economic Empowerment through Strengthening Market Systems program, funded by the Embassy of Sweden and implemented by iDE Bangladesh and The Asia Foundation, organized a successful public-private dialogue in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Examining the challenges rural women entrepreneurs face in accessing loans, the discussion brought together central bank representatives, commercial bank representatives, private sector, public sector, and other stakeholders to explore pathways to improve the effectiveness of small and medium enterprises (SME) policies for rural women
Manila, November 26, 2019 — The Asia Foundation and RTI International are working with the Department of Education (DepEd) on the implementation of Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+), a 5-year project supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The technology and community driven collaboration is set to reach more children in their homes and communities by creating and adapting story books in local languages. In early October, RTI and implementing partner The Asia Foundation introduced the Let’s Read program with resounding success and appreciation to the Department of Education in Manila, Iloilo City, and Legazpi City
November 26, 2019 — The Asia Foundation is supporting a study of Rohingya families in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Twenty-two Rohingya volunteers have been trained to conduct face-to-face interviews with 1500 refugees, working in pairs to capture important information on families and households in the refugee camps
San Francisco, November 15, 2019 — The Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation co-hosted the Livable Cities Forum: Digital Solutions for Livable Asian Cities in San Francisco, California. Asian cities play a crucial role as centers of innovation and entrepreneurship that propel economic growth and competitiveness in the region. At the same time, rapid urbanization is posing challenges that affect planning, administration, health, security, economic growth, opportunity, and quality of life—posing unique challenges for vulnerable populations.
San Francisco, November 1, 2019 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees at its September 2019 meeting: Markos Kounalakis and Jacqueline Lundquist.