South Korea today is an economic powerhouse and robust democracy. This success has led Koreans to undertake an expansive aid program and actively share lessons of their country’s transformation from post-war aid recipient to donor. Our office in Seoul partners with South Korean government agencies and NGOs involved in international development and facilitates regional cooperation in Northeast Asia. Korea office website.
Books in 10 languages for migrant children
In order to build much-needed cultural and language bridges among foreign-born and mixed families in Korea, our office in Seoul wrote and published new bilingual children’s storybooks in 10 migrant languages and Korean. With generous support from the MoneyGram Foundation and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, we created 5,000 new hard-copy print books that are being widely distributed, and provided access to our free Let’s Read digital library. For additional impact, a story and illustration contest for migrant women authors provided a platform to create the new texts.
NEWS FROM KOREA
Asian approaches to development cooperation
The Korea Development Institute and The Asia Foundation convene a yearly high-level dialogue series on Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC). Experts from throughout Asia and beyond examine a key development challenge in-depth each year. With additional support from the Australian Government, this year's dialogue focused on women's and girls' empowerment. AADC participants convened in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in September to examine how Asian countries are approaching the women's empowerment agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. Case studies presented included: new ways Chinese textile companies are working to protect women workers; Indonesian women reformers collaborating with women's organizations in southern Thailand; and why regional infrastructure schemes must address gender issues.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Navigating the Margins: Family, Mobility and Livelihoods Amongst Rohingya in Bangladesh
September 9, 2020
Nikkei News Features Asia Foundation Op-Ed on Thailand’s Looming Economic Crisis
September 9, 2020
Podcast: Bulldozing ASEAN’s Digital Divide
September 2, 2020
Virtual Event – Enduring the Pandemic: Surveys of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Livelihoods of Thai People
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities
August 19, 2020
Asia Foundation Development Fellow Farhad Wajdi Awarded Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award
August 13, 2020
Impact Report 2020
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