The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women's empowerment, and international relations. Drawing on 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
THE ASIA FOUNDATION
The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a nonprofit international development organization with six decades of experience and deep local expertise. Our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century, as identified by the nations of Asia themselves: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
Headquartered in San Francisco, the Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries from Afghanistan to Mongolia and in Washington, DC. The Foundation total staff size is approximately eight hundred, the majority of whom are national staff based in the country offices. The Foundation is governed by an international 34-member Board of Trustees from academia, business and the public sector, all of whom serve pro bono. The board is responsible for determining the Foundation’s long-term mission and vision, for setting policies regarding program priorities, for review and approval of annual budgets and for oversight of the Foundation’s operations to ensure both effectiveness and legal and ethical integrity and accountability. Recent and current Trustees include a former Secretary General of ASEAN, the Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia, a former Korea Foreign Minister and residents of Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Australia and the U.K., among others. The current Director of the Board is David M. Lampton, Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies, Johns Hopkins
A peaceful, just, and thriving Asia.
The Asia Foundation improves lives, expands opportunities, and helps societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance pathbreaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
In an increasingly complex and changing world, we believe that a peaceful and engaged Asia is of critical global importance. Five core values continue to define our work in the 21st century.
Deep respect for local context | We value local expertise and knowledge; we are immersed in the social, political, environmental, and economic realities where we work. Our approach is centered on the catalytic role that individuals, communities, and governments play in the development of their societies.
Inclusion of differing views | We believe in the importance of myriad views and perspectives; we encourage inclusive dialogue to help ensure everyone has a seat at the table. Our mission, people, and programs are defined by our commitment to equality, particularly for women and other marginalized populations.
Innovative, agile thinking | We value fresh, original ideas and we are known for our ability to identify and respond rapidly to issues and events affecting the places where we work. Our institutional culture encourages experimentation with new approaches and sharing the results through empirical research, expert analysis, collaboration with other organizations, and outreach.
Trust, accountability, and partnership | We value collaboration and believe that working closely with forward-thinking leaders can improve lives, governance, and policies. Our operations and programs reflect the integrity and dedication of our local and international staff of development professionals.
Longstanding presence and commitment | Since our founding in 1954, we have worked side by side with dedicated individuals and institutions to make history through far-reaching reforms and inclusive development. Our impact is grounded in our ability to combine a long-term, experienced perspective with our strong network and commitment to Asian progress.
CSR activities include:
- Environmental program in factories(2007 – present)
Promotes sustainable development and civil participant for clean water by selecting electroplating enterprises, and community leaders in Guangdong, with the goal of reducing the quantity of copper, nickel, chrome and other heavy metals discharged to the Pearl River. Further environmental progress in improving water quality requires moving beyond wastewater treatment, which can be effective, but is also expensive and creates other wastes which must be recycled or disposed. Cleaner production is an approach that emphasizes using alternative materials and processes to prevent waste, and implements those alternatives in ways that also reduce operating costs for enterprises. This combination leads to better protection of the environment, improved profitability for enterprises, and improved relations among government agencies, enterprises, and communities.
- Public-Private Partnerships for Disaster Management(2006 - 2008)
It is a joint initiative between The Asia Foundation; the Department of Disaster and Social Relief of Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), CEC, and Amcham. This two-year project’s goal is to enhance disaster preparedness and relief capacity through increased government agencies, private sector and non-governmental participation in disaster management and risk reduction initiatives. The project encompasses several initiatives, including disaster management workshops for private sector, disaster preparedness manual, and disaster management webpage. www.pppdisaster.org
- Supporting Migrant Women Workers with Direct Services: In 1999, with the support of the Levi Strauss Foundation (LSF), the Asia Foundation developed a program in China to supplement LSF’s existing programs, and to improve worker rights and protection in the apparel industry in the Pearl River Delta. Working with local partners, Asia Foundation developed program activities that include counseling, training, and legal aid services for workers to be provided by a network of local organizations in Guangdong province. More than 300,000 women in over 1,000 factories have benefited from the services in 22 cities and more than 500 legal aid cases have been handled to protect workers’ rights and safety. The program was funded as an initiative of both LSF and Levis Strauss & Co.
- Scholarship Program for Migrant Women Workers: In 2005, together with the support of the May Merchandising Co., the Foundation created a vocational school and university scholarship program for migrant women workers to advance their career opportunities. Through their local partners in Guangdong, the program provides on-going support and mentoring to scholarship recipients, in particular, helping those who are studying part-time to balance work with their academic pursuits.
- Increasing IT Literacy: In 2005, Microsoft Corp. approached the Asia Foundation to create a program to reduce the digital divide. The result was the developed of a program providing migrant women workers with IT literacy training. The Microsoft grant funded the establishment of Communications Technology Learning Centers (CTLC) to teach basic computer skills to migrant women workers and to provide training opportunities for local community members, particularly those from disadvantaged groups. Over the course of the two-year program 2,500 migrant women workers, as well as 600 other community members will receive basic IT skills training
"2005 Project List"
"2005 Annual Report"
Anhui Labor and Social Security Bureau
China Enterprise Confederation
East China University of Politics and Law
Federated Department Stores Inc.,
Foshan City Labor Union
Guangdong Provincial Labor Union
Guangdong Women's Federation
Guangdong Women's Professional Technical College
Henan Community Education Center
Levis Strauss Foundation
Panyu Migrant Workers Document Handling Service Center
Peking University Human and Economic Development Studies Center
Sanxiang Women's Federation
Sun Yat-sen University
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Tianjin Labor and Social Security Bureau
Yunnan Labor and Social Security Bureau