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Summits Push Investment in Adolescent Girls to Achieve Gender Equality
On June 14, The White House hosted the first-ever United State of Women Summit in Washington to rally women’s rights and gender equality advocates and to highlight achievements, identify remaining challenges, and chart the course for addressing them. To a packed audience of more than 5,000 people, speakers including President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of other impressive leaders spanning the public and pri...
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Battling Domestic Violence in China
China’s first national law against domestic violence came into effect on March 1, 2016. The law marks a significant step forward from the country’s existing legislation by legally defining domestic violence and extending legal protection to victims. Yet a fundamental cure for the epidemic of domestic abuse – which disproportionately affects women – requires further efforts to change persisting misperceptions about women’s moral responsibilities a...
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Q&A: An Evolving Paradigm of South-South Cooperation
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Tech for Good: Civic Tech and Indonesian Development
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Economic Growth Brings Optimism and Rising Expectations in Cambodia
Bolstered by a massive construction boom over the last few years, Cambodia now boasts one of the world's fastest growing economies and was one of the few
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Photo Blog: Invigorating a Culture of Reading in Mongolia
Since the end of the socialist regime in the early 1990s, urban migration in Mongolia has continued to play an outsized role in the country's evolving economic
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One Last Measure for the Wandering Souls of Cambodia
One decade ago, Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal began the arduous and emotional process of seeking justice for some 1.7 million Cambodians who died under the Khmer Rouge’s Democratic Kampuchea regime. Many contentious issues still remain unresolved, including the debate over whether the bones of victims should continue to be displayed in stupas and memorials across Cambodia. In the early 2000s, the then-King Norodom Sihanouk, who also lost many o...
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Using Drone Technology to Improve Land Titling in the Philippines
Last week, the Philippines’ incoming Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez announced the new administration’s 10-point economic agenda. One of the top items was improving security of land tenure to encourage greater investment and address bottlenecks in land management and titling agencies – longtime challenges that have held the country back from more inclusive growth that could create more jobs and reduce poverty. Of the 24 million land parcels th...
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Afghanistan's Electoral Reform: A Distant Reality
Last week, Afghanistan's top election official, Yusuf Nuristani, announced his resignation as head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), just three
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Advancing Women's Rights in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Lael Mohib
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Sunnylands Summit Needs More Than Symbolism
When President Obama meets with the 10 Southeast Asian leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next week in California, it will be an
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China’s First Law Against Domestic Violence: It’s No Longer a Private Matter
Last month, China passed its first-ever national law against domestic violence, the result of a decade-long campaign driven by the country's civil society
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The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 17 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2012, we provided nearly $100 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $30 million.
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