The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Governance

The Asia Foundation’s Governance programs support local initiatives aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and responsiveness of governance in Asian countries. Read Program Overview.

DFAT-TAF Partnership Working Paper Series

The first issue of the DFAT-TAF Partnership Working Paper Series, Strategic Uses of Data for Urban Development in Asian Cities, examines two trends affecting Asia’s development: rapid urbanization and the spread of technology.

The ongoing series will help inform the broader international community, helping to better ground discussion in empirical evidence, advance theoretical debates, and ultimately improve development policy and practice across a variety of subject areas. Read more about this paper series here.

Overview

Over the past few decades under increasing pressures of globalization, Asian countries have faced extraordinary economic, social, and political challenges. A growing body of literature suggests that the single most important factor in the relative success of different countries in overcoming the challenges and improving development trajectories has been the quality of governance. The Asia Foundation defines governance as the institutions and processes through which the economy and society are regulated, public resources are allocated, and government decisions are enforced. In the coming decades, continued growth and stability will increasingly depend on steady improvements in all of these areas.

Projects and activities under the Foundation's Governance Programs are pursued within a wide range of areas, including: conflict management, counter‑corruption, decentralization and local governance, development of central executive institutions of government, legislative development, civil society development, media development, information and communication technology, and Islam and development.

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