September 10, 2019 — Beh Lih Yi of Thomson Reuters Foundation profiles the Let’s Read “Mighty Girls” collection of books that feature dynamic female characters in “Indonesian storytellers spread ‘mighty girls’ message to fight male dominance.” “It will open their eyes to all the possibilities they can have as girls,” said The Asia Foundation’s Morgan Belveal . A new Let’s Read initiative aimed at gender equality in Indonesia begins this month and is based on the belief that women hold the power to dramatically advance literacy among the country’s seven million children. Let’s Read , Asia’s free digital library for children, is a locally driven solution to book scarcity in Asia and brings together the power of technology with local authors, illustrators, publishers, and translators to dismantle barriers to accessing local language books
September 3, 2019 — Securing borders is a key challenge for the Afghan State. Border security is inseparable from the larger war effort, as insurgents take advantage of porous borders to seek refuge in neighboring countries
Nay Pyi Taw, September 3, 2019 — The Asia Foundation renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw on September 2, 2019, to support the country’s democratic transition and efforts to address its development challenges.
Yangon, September 2, 2019 — The Asia Foundation, Myanmar’s Ministry of Information, the Myanmar Library Association, and local children’s book publisher Third Story Project came together today to announce the launch of Let’s Read in Myanmar. Let’s Read is the Foundation’s collaborative approach to overcoming children’s book scarcity in Asia.
San Francisco, August 22, 2019 — On September 10 in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation will present Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren , former President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, with the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of her extraordinary leadership and advocacy for civil and social rights, including water security.
San Francisco, August 19, 2019 — The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The 2020 fellowship class will be the seventh cohort of this prestigious program, launched in 2014 to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from across Asia
San Francisco, August 12, 2019 — Asia Foundation Trustee Emeritus Theodore L.
Manila, August 6, 2019 — The Asia Foundation, in partnership with RTI International, SIL LEAD, and Florida State University, is implementing the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines project (ABC+). The ABC+ project is designed to improve education outcomes and access to quality education for children in Bicol and Western Visayas by supporting the Department of Education (DepEd) in enhancing reading, mathematical, and socio-emotional skills. The project launched August 1 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan Department of Education Central Office
Leaders on the Frontlines: Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future 6:00 pm I Reception 7:00 pm I Dinner Julia Morgan Ballroom | Merchants Exchange Building 465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco A special dinner honoring Dr . O yun Sanjaasuren First President, UN Environment Assembly With the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award The Honorable George P
July 29, 2019 — South China Morning Post spotlights the Foundation’s partnership with MasterCard and the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies to develop a mobile banking service that provides low-income populations in Vietnam access to financial services. Within Vietnam, the practice of sharing airtime credit via mobile phone transfers is beginning to emerge, and there has also been experimentation with electronic kiosks that allow funds to be deposited in cash and then sent to a mobile phone number as credit. Some start-ups like Momo have even moved from airtime credit transfer to providing mobile wallet and e-payment services, while the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, in partnership with MasterCard and the Asia Foundation, recently ran a feasibility study and pilot project on mobile banking.