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About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

With a network of 17 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2007, the Foundation provided more than $68 million in program support and distributed 974,000 books and educational materials valued at $33 million throughout Asia.

In Afghanistan

The Asia Foundation's Kabul office was re-established in February 2002 to launch programs in areas vital to the political, social, economic, and intellectual development of post-Taliban Afghanistan. Since then, the Foundation's Kabul office has assisted Afghans in their efforts to rebuild the country through the establishment of an interim government, the development of a new constitution, and the provision of support to implement national voter registration, civic education, media monitoring, and technical planning for the 2004 Presidential and 2005 National Assembly and Provincial Council elections. Since these elections, the Foundation has also been providing long-term critical support to key institutions within the executive branch of government at the central level. Other Foundation programs have focused on creating educational and training opportunities for women and girls, supporting development of higher education, and promoting exchanges to foster improved international relations. In December 08, The Asia Foundation released 'State Building, Security, and Social Change in Afghanistan: Reflections on a Survey of the Afghan People,' a collection of six essays that analyze in-depth the findings of the largest public opinion survey ever conducted in Afghanistan. The survey, 'Afghanistan in 2008: A Survey of the Afghan People,' was preceded by similar surveys in 2004, 2006, and 2007.

In October 09, the forum announced a new grant of $500,000 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for a two-year project to strengthen the Government of Vietnam's ongoing anti-trafficking efforts in the Mekong Delta.

The Asia Foundation in News

The Asia Foundation Releases 2015 Survey of the Afghan People
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The Asia Foundation Releases 2014 Survey of the Afghan People
Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in this year’s elections leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another

Brookfield Global Relocation Services’ 2014 Global Mobility Trends Survey Released
Companies are facing short-term demands for cost reduction in their mobility programs, while continuing to balance a drive toward the goal of long-term strategic program enhancement in the coming year, according to the just-released 2014 Global Mobility Trends Survey (GMTS) report, published by Brookfield Global Relocation Services.

Ahead of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Report Urges U.S. Action to Curb Risks of Climate Change on Global Food Security
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 01, 2014) - This week, the Obama Administration unveiled the Climate Data Initiative's "Food Resilience" theme, aimed at empowering America's agricultural sector and strengthening the resilience of the global food system in a changing climate

Report Urges U.S. Commitment to Addressing Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Security, Says The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - U.S. government action can curb the risks climate change poses to global food security, says a new report (PDF) released today by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 

Report Recommends US Action to Advance Global Food Security in the Face of Climate Change
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 12, 2014) - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will release a new study recommending ways the United States can advance global food security in the face of climate change at a full-day symposium on May 22 in Washington, DC

The Asia Foundation Releases 2013 Survey of the Afghan People
The Asia Foundation today released Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People. In July, local pollsters interviewed a nationally representative sample of 9,260 Afghan men and women face-to-face in all 34 provinces

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Asia Foundation Releases 2012 Survey of the Afghan People
The Asia Foundation has released Afghanistan in 2012: A Survey of the Afghan People, its eighth annual survey of Afghan citizens across all 34 provinces

Multinational Firms Worldwide Invited to Participate in Brookfield Global Relocation Services Award-Winning Global Relocation Trends Survey
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is encouraging multinational companies worldwide to participate in its acclaimed annual “Global Relocation Trends Survey

Security continues to be a major issue of concern among Afghans: Survey
Security continues to be a major issue of concern among Afghans, a recent poll has revealed, even while acknowledging that there has been progress on several fronts.

Asia Foundation Releases 2011 Survey of the Afghan People
While nearly half (46%) of Afghans say their country is moving in the right direction, more respondents than at any time since The Asia Foundation began polling there in 2004 say Afghanistan is headed in the wrong direction

Afghanistan turning away from Taliban, claims Asian body poll
A new survey in Afghanistan shows that support for the Taliban has dramatically declined over the last two years.

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Invites Firms Worldwide to Participate in Acclaimed Annual Global Relocation Trends Survey
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is inviting multinational companies worldwide to participate in its acclaimed annual “Global Relocation Trends Survey

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (June 30 – July 6, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of June 30 – July 6, 2011.

Give2Asia Welcomes New Chairman of the Board
Give2Asia, a leading provider of services for philanthropy to Asia, has announced that Dr. Ta-lin Hsu has been named as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

US official in China for Korean Peninsula solutions
US Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Stephen Bosworth is in Chinese capital Beijing as part of a flurry of diplomatic activity to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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