China's economic transformation presents new challenges both for the country's rapidly changing society and for the government, which has undertaken reforms to promote the rule of law, curb pollution, and encourage more broad-based development. To help address these challenges and contribute to reforms, The Asia Foundation's China program supports programs related to law and governance, environmental protection, women's empowerment, disaster management, and constructive U.S.-China relations. Read country overview.
CRITICAL ISSUE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
China has long faced the threat of natural disasters, so we are actively working with national and local government agencies and local communities to foster a culture of disaster preparedness. Local officials and community leaders in six plot provinces are now applying disaster risk reduction skills and training their peers to mitigate community-level disaster risks. Recognizing the potential to significantly improve the resiliency of communities against disasters, the Chinese government utilized project experiences to formulate standards for a national system of community-based disaster reduction; named several of the pilot communities as models for the system; and shared the project experiences across the country. By the end of 2013, there were more than 5,400 prepared communities, already surpassing the government's goal of 5,000 by 2015. Our office in Beijing is also building on these domestically focused efforts to support China in improving the country's approach to foreign disaster assistance through enhanced understanding of and dialogue with established donor countries.
CHINA AND HONG KONG SAR
China's economic transformation presents new challenges both for the country's rapidly changing society and for the government, which has undertaken reforms to promote the rule of law, curb pollution, and encourage more broad-based development. To help address these challenges and contribute to reforms, The Asia Foundation provides financial support and technical assistance to a broad range of Chinese partners, including universities, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, and government institutions.
Together with these partners, we are promoting participatory and transparent governance, training law professionals on the implementation of administrative law reforms, building capacity for disaster management, enhancing opportunities for migrant workers in China's cities, strengthening the country's charitable sector, and working to increase environmental information transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making. As China's global importance increases, the Foundation is also working with Chinese practitioners to examine effective models for the country's growing foreign aid and disaster assistance efforts, and building on over 30 years of programming to facilitate more cooperative and multifaceted relations between China and the United States.
In Hong Kong SAR, the Foundation has fostered the development of a vibrant and effective charitable sector. Most recently, the Foundation has launched the Mainland/Hong Kong Platform for More Effective Philanthropy, which aims to strengthen the charity sectors in mainland China and Hong Kong SAR through experience sharing and mutual learning.