Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2012 projects will be added in Spring, 2013.
Displaying 90 Projects
Projects : India
India FY2011 Expenditures: $2,548,411 (Includes in-kind value of Books for Asia donations.)
Afghanistan University Student Exchange Program to India
Providing Afghan university English majors and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain intensive professional English-language teaching training in India, and prepare them for future careers as university English instructors in Afghanistan.
English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India; Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh, India
Brayton F. Wilbur, Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art
Support for two directors from museums in Thailand and India to participate in the forum for Museum Directors of Asian Art from Asia and the U.S. hosted by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to foster greater global awareness of Asian art and cultures while exploring models for collaboration and partnerships among the institutions.
Countering Domestic Violence
Building the capacities of government protection officers, police, service providers, civil society representatives, family welfare workers, and self-help group members to counter violence against women in the states of Haryana, Meghalaya, and Uttar Pradesh. Ensuring effective implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. Assessing government and civil society initiatives to address violence against women to identify and recommend policy approaches to help bridge the gaps between ongoing initiatives and realities on the ground.
Breakthrough Trust; Institute of Social Studies Trust; North East Network; Society for Participatory Research in Asia
Enhancing Perspectives on Local Governance in the United States
Facilitating the participation of five Indians in an observation program to examine the processes and approaches to local governance in the United States, especially the role of planning and mechanisms for public participation.
Department of Planning and Development, Government of Bihar; Development Alternatives; District Planning Committee, Madhubani, Bihar; Hardnews; Society for Participatory Research in Asia
India as a Regional Resource
Facilitating training and exchange programs for other Asia Foundation offices, including: participation by three Indian experts in the Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation Dialogue; visits to New Delhi by four senior facilitators of the Nepal Transition to Peace project; participation by two Indians in a Leaders of Influence study program in Bangladesh; participation of 50 Afghan students in English-language training programs in Chandigarh and Hyderabad; and placement and monitoring of two Luce Scholars in India.
Engaging prominent intellectuals and retired diplomats/ambassadors from India and Bangladesh to explore priority areas for mutual collaboration between the two countries, including economic development and trade, transport and connectivity, water sharing, migration, climate change, education, culture, and people to people contact.
Centre for Foreign Affairs Studies
Media Training on Water and Climate Change
Supporting an international media training workshop on water and climate change in the Brahmaputra Basin to form a core group of journalists in the Himalayan region deeply familiar with climate change and other ecological issues.
Ministry of External Affairs Fellows Program, India
Funding for three Indian young diplomats to attend the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute Summer Course at The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, followed by a Foundation-organized observation program on U.S. domestic concerns and their influence on U.S. foreign policy and implications for U.S.-India relations
Promoting Good Governance in Bihar
Strengthening governance and transparency in the state of Bihar through the use of accountability tools such as social audits and "integrity pacts" between communities and government officials, and establishing advocacy and legal advice centers to facilitate the efficient delivery of services and assist citizens in redressing grievances.
Transparency International, India
Promoting India-Bangladesh Relations
Facilitating the participation of six Indian experts in a dialogue on "Bangladesh-India Relations: The Way Forward" organized in collaboration with the Centre for Foreign Affairs Studies in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Kunzru Centre for Defence Studies
Promoting India-U.S. Relations
Supporting the participation of three foreign service officers in a two-week seminar on U.S. Foreign Policy at George Washington University, followed by a two-week observation program to different parts of the United States to enhance their understanding of U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues that influence India-U.S. relations, and participation in the Aspen Institute's U.S.-India Dialogue.
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India; Kunzru Centre for Defence Studies
Strengthening Local Economic Planning
Facilitating public-private dialogues to improve citizen participation in economic decision-making in four districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, and developing action plans for the improvement of service delivery and infrastructure.
Centre for Development Finance, Institute for Financial Management and Research
Visiting Delegation of Indian Diplomats
A two-week summer course focused on U.S. foreign policy for three mid-career diplomats from India's Ministry of External Affairs to visit the U.S. and complete their course work with meetings in Washington, DC with policy experts and a two-week study tour built around national security, the economy, and immigration.
An Indian Perspective on Afghanistan and Regional Issues
Roundtable discussion featuring Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, a senior diplomat in India's Ministry of External Affairs, and an Asia Foundation regional security studies fellow. The ambassador conducted research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focusing on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and its implications for India and the region.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Visit by the Director, Chief Curator, and Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, and Assistant Curator of South Asian Art to India to meet with colleagues and counterparts and explore the possibilities of collaboration on an exhibition of Indian art.
Books for Asia India
Acquisition of 4,615 primary and secondary level text books donated by Pearson Education for distribution by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in West Bengal; Acquisition and distribution of 51 books for CII's Centre for Excellence in Leadership in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellows Program
Funding for recipients of the award created to honor the late Chair of the Foundation's Board, in four separate programs: China (clean energy); India (US-China relations vis a vis India); Pakistan (women's issues); and Malaysia (online independent media).
China's Impact on Indian Foreign Policy and Security Strategy
Discussion co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation and the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies featuring remarks by Ms. Indrani Bagchi, a prominent Indian journalist and The Asia Foundation's Chang-Lin Visiting Fellow. Ms. Bagchi also spoke at a discussion, co-sponsored by the Foundation and the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution, entitled "China's Place in Indian Foreign Policy", where her remarks addressed current themes and drivers of Indian foreign policy, focusing on India's relations with China, Pakistan, and the United States.
Leaders of Influence Program
Participation of two Indians in an observation program organized by The Asia Foundation’s Leaders of Influence Program in Bangladesh; Visit of five Bangladeshi Leaders of Influence to Delhi to observe programs related to governance, transparency, and women's empowerment.
Ministry of External Affairs
Fellowship for a foreign service officer at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to conduct research and engage in discussions with policy specialists on challenges on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and the implications for U.S.-India relations; Participation of four foreign service officers in a two-week course on U.S. Foreign Policy at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, followed by a study tour to promote greater understanding of U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues that may influence U.S.-India relations.
Resource Country Activities - Times of India
Participation by the diplomatic editor in The Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tien Visiting Fellowship for conducting research on U.S.- China relations and their impact on bilateral relations with other countries, including India.
U.S. Foreign Policy: Indian Diplomatic Delegation
Four-member delegation from India's Ministry of External Affairs to visit Washington, DC and participate in a study tour focused on U.S. foreign policy and its implications for the bilateral relationship with India. After a two-week course at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, the delegation undertook an observation program through New York City, New Orleans, Denver, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
America's Role in Asia
Release of findings and recommendations of companion reports compiled in "America's Role in Asia: Asian and American Views," with public events in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Centre for Policy Alternatives, Social Indicators
Study tour to "Center for Study of Developing Societies," Delhi, to share lessons on electoral surveys and voter education and election observation programs; Workshops on roles and responsibilities of local government authorities for provincial journalists and editors.
India Local Economic Environment Program
A one-year India Local Economic Environment (I-LEE) pilot project focusing on driving improvements in the district-level economic environment in the state of Tamil Nadu, in collaboration with The Centre for Development Finance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (CDF-IFMR). The primary purposes of I-LEE are to: 1) Better understand the gap in district-level diagnostics for local, state, and national planning and investment; 2) Build the capacity of local governments to understand private sector needs—particularly of small and medium sized enterprises—and respond more effectively to these through their own actions as well as through their interactions with higher and lower levels of government; 3) Support dialogue between public and private sector stakeholders on planning and investment to support better socio-economic outcomes.
Ministry of External Affairs
Fellowship at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation for a Foreign Service officer to conduct research and engage in discussions with policy specialists on the U.S.-India nuclear agreement and related regional and international security issues; Participation of two Foreign Service officers in a two-week course on U.S. Foreign Policy at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, followed by a study tour to promote greater understanding of U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues that may influence U.S.-India relations.
Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
Nine-member delegation from Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development to meet with counterparts at the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in India for their First Meeting of the India-Afghanistan Joint Working Group on Local Governance.
Afghanistan Office of Administrative Affairs
Eight-member delegation of government officials from the Afghanistan Office of Administrative Affairs to attend a Rai Foundation-sponsored South Asia Regional Forum, “Global Network of Government Innovators,” at the Ash Institute in New Delhi.
Afghanistan Office of the President, Administrative Affairs
Training for Afghan ministry officials and members of the president’s staff with government institutions in India; Support to attend regional conferences in India on government innovations, and learning exchanges on administrative reforms.
America’s Role in Asia
Support for foreign policy experts from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka to attend a regional conference in New Delhi to discuss America’s Role in Asia.
Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia)
The regional ECO-Asia program in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam aims to increase access to clean water and sanitation for Asia's urban poor; to strengthen national- and local-level environmental governance capacity; and improve transboundary conflict in the lower watersheds of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Legal Aid Institute of Indonesian Women’s Association (LBH APIK)
Strengthening the network of women’s organizations and women’s study centers in Indonesia through the support for the 2nd Conference of Kartini Network for more than 100 institutions across Indonesia and Asia, including Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India.
Ministry of External Affairs
Participation of two officers from India’s Ministry of External Affairs in a summer course on U.S. foreign policy at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, followed by a study tour to promote greater understanding of U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues that may influence U.S.-India relations.
Pune Municipal Water Commission, in cooperation with Planning and Development Collaborative International, Inc (PADCO)
Water service delivery to approximately 10,000 inhabitants in slum areas; Broad efforts to expand access to clean drinking water in poor, urban areas; Sharing of best practices in the region.
Regional Security Studies Fellowship
Fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation for a Foreign Service officer from the Ministry of External Affairs, to conduct research and engage in discussions with policy specialists on the U.S.–India nuclear agreement and related regional and international security issues; Continuation of a regional security studies fellowship at the Center for International and Strategic Studies for a Foreign Service officer from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Society for Participatory Research in Asia
Support the district planning process in Madhubani, Bihar and develop methodologies that can be used in national District Planning Guidelines. Activities included working with a consultant to develop a data resource system for district planning.
Study Tour on Private-Public Partnerships
Kandy Municipal Council; Central Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Kattankudy Traders Association; Kattankudy Urban Council; Hikkaduwa Urban Council; Hikkaduwa Traders Association; Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council; Nuwara Eliya District Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Wayamba Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Kurunegala Municipal Council; Trincomalee District Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Trincomalee Urban Council.
Study tour for representatives from local government and business associations in four provinces on private-public partnerships in India.
Study visit for five high-level staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct an assessment of Afghan Embassies in four different countries in the central Asia region: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan; Support to three high-ranking Afghan Government officials to participate in the conference, “Effective Capacity Building for Senior Public Officials,” conducted by the International Institute of Public Policy and Management at the University of Malaya; Facilitation of a study tour for four staff from the Independent Election Commission to exchange with the respective election commission staff in Australia and Nepal; Facilitation of a study visit for 11 officials from counterparts in the Indian Government, the Independent Directorate for Local Governance and Ministry for Rehabilitation and Rural Development; Study tour for 21 Afghan Government officials representing various ministries and departments to visit Malaysia for IMPUMA 2008 training; Study tour to facilitate the Deputy Chief of Staff to participate in “Leaders in Development” conference; Support to Member of Parliament, Ms. Shinkai Zahine Karokhail, to participate in the “International Leaders Forum” in Denver, Colorado; Support to three ranking Afghan Government officials to participate in training on “Senior Management Program” conducted by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore.
Afghanistan Office of the President, Administrative Affairs
Training for Afghan ministry officials and members of the president’s staff with government
institutions in India; support to attend regional conferences in India on government
innovations, and learning exchanges on administrative reforms.
Center for Strategic International Studies
Supported a fellowship at the Center for Strategic International Studies for an Indian Foreign Service officer from the Ministry of External Affairs to conduct a comparative study of Bangladesh and other Asian countries in addressing pressures from radical Islam.
Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia)
A seven-year ECO-Asia program in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam that aims to increase access to clean water and sanitation for Asia's urban poor; to strengthen national- and local-level environmental governance capacity; and improve transboundary conflict in the lower watersheds of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Ministry of External Affairs
Supported a summer course and study tour at the George Washington University’s Elliott
School of International Affairs for four Indian administrative service officers from the
Ministry of External Affairs to promote greater understanding of U.S. foreign policy and
domestic issues that may influence U.S.-India relations.
Pune Municipal Water Commission, in cooperation with Planning and Development Collaborative
Support for water service delivery to approximately 10,000 inhabitants in slum areas; broad
efforts to expand access to clean drinking water in poor, urban areas; sharing of best
practices in the region.