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List Thumb A Stories Less Told: Psychosocial Workers in Sri Lanka May 2009 marked the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war, but much work remains to heal the deep psychological wounds from this long and brutal ethnic conflict. This photo essay documents The Asia Foundation's psychosocial...

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List Thumb A Picturing: A Storybook Partnership In developing countries, one of the impediments to early childhood education is the availability of high-quality, age-appropriate reading material in local languages. Children’s book publishing is limited by the lack of...

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List Thumb A Picturing: Turn Down the Heat The World Bank’s second “Turn Down the Heat” report warns of dramatic changes that will occur in the world’s poorest countries if the Earth’s temperature rises 2-4°C above pre-industrial ...

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List Thumb A Barriers to Women in Business The UN estimates that the Asia-Pacific economy would earn $89 billion every year if women were able to achieve their full economic potential. Economically empowering women builds better educated, healthier families, stronger...

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List Thumb A Batticaloa: Rebuilding in Sri Lanka Takes Shape The Asia Foundation has played a key role in Sri Lanka’s post-war recovery by focusing efforts on some of the hardest hit areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Since the war in the East ended before the war in the...

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List Thumb A South Asia Women Parliamentarians Take Lead In July 2012 the South Asia Women Parliamentarians Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, attracted 130 MPs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. Women gathered with a goal of creating a...

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List Thumb A The Lotus Circle 2012 The Lotus Circle is a community of committed individuals working together to empower girls and women across Asia through The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program. For more than half a century, The Asia Foundation has...

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List Thumb A Community Mediation in Sri Lanka For most Sri Lankans, resolving disputes through the nation's beleaguered formal courts is not an option. Despite efforts to improve efficiency, courts are weighed down by excessive case loads and limited capacity, and high...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Event Honors Publishers and Supporters in New York On March 29, 2012, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia honored its partners at The Power of a Book reception in New York. Publishers, donors, Asian government representatives, and executives from the philanthropy, education,...

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List Thumb A The Power of a Book in Sri Lanka As Sri Lanka emerges from a decades-long civil war, employment opportunities are rapidly shifting from the public to the private and technology sectors, where speaking English is required. But, for many Sri Lankans living in...

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List Thumb A Sri Lanka in Focus: Navam Perahera The sights and sounds of the 2012 Navam Perahera in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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List Thumb A Visit to Sri Rahula Vidyalaya School, Panadura, Sri Lanka Learning English has emerged as a key element in efforts to overcome divisions and economic hardships, and to foster inclusive growth and stability in Sri Lanka, a country emerging from a bloody, 30-year civil war. More...

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List Thumb A From Batticaloa: Full-fledged community efforts to spark growth in the East Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A From Vavuniya: Entrepreneurs put public concerns on the table in the North Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A From Jaffna, an Exclusive: Damaged ancient city survives and recovers Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A Consolidating Peace in Sri Lanka Now almost three years since the end of the war, Colombo is shedding its image as Sri Lanka's charming but dilapidated capital. Bursting with new energy and growth, major investments and physical improvements are evident...

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List Thumb A Sources of Violent Conflict in Asia: The Struggle Over Identity As part of its Asian Perspective Series, on July 12, 2011 The Asia Foundation presented a seminar on subnational conflict in South And Southeast Asia. Featuring case studies on southern Thailand and Sri Lanka, panelists...

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List Thumb A Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia On May 25, 2011, The Asia Foundation released a new book: Innovations in Strengthening Local Economic Governance in Asia. The Asia Foundation's approach to economic reform in Asia utilizes a range of distinctive strategies,...

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List Thumb A Asia's Fragile Corners Conflict and fragile governance present enormous challenges for development and security in Asia. In places where violence is widespread and government ceases to function, the pace of development falls dramatically and...

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List Thumb A Sri Lanka: Post-Civil War Police Reform and Public Security The bloody, 25-year armed conflict in Sri Lanka is over, but in small, hardscrabble towns like Pussellawa – a high-altitude hamlet in central Sri Lanka – a legacy of rigid, aggressive, inherited policing tactics is...

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List Thumb A Books for Asia Celebrates International Literacy Day Across Asia In celebration of International Literacy Day 2011, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program held events across Asia, including a book stamping in Afghanistan; drawing and reading competitions and student performances in...

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List Thumb A Empowering the Women of Asia In recent decades, Asia has experienced transformative economic growth and reform, and women have made significant advances in gender equity, political participation, and personal security. The Philippines ranks 9th among...

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List Thumb A Economic Governance Index The Asia Foundation surveys local government regulations across a single country, and assesses their impact on local business growth.

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List Thumb A Restoring Harmony - Sri Lanka's Community Mediation Boards The Asia Foundation aims to improve access to justice by making legal and administrative institutions more responsive to citizens' needs and interests, while at the same time developing the capacity of disadvantaged groups,...

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List Thumb A Local Partnerships, Global Vision: The Asia Foundation's Strategy in Sri Lanka Local Partnerships, Global Vision: The Asia Foundation's Strategy in Sri Lanka A short film describing The Asia Foundation's work on environmental issues in Sri Lanka.

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List Thumb A Partnering for Prosperity: The Asia Foundation's Local Economic Governance Program in Sri Lanka Partnering for Prosperity: The Asia Foundation's Local Economic Governance Program in Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, poor communication between the public and private sectors is one of the major impediments to economic growth. The...

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List Thumb A Sri Lanka in Focus The sights and sounds of the celebrations surrounding the Buddhist holiday, Vesak, in Sri Lanka.

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