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The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC.

The Asia Foundation leads the X-Border Local Research Network. As part of the programme, it commissions research in the borderlands of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the maritime border area between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. A primary focus of this research is to document the effects of state intervention, policy changes and other events on the livelihoods of border populations, patterns of trade and cross-border movement, and security dynamics.

Our team

Programme Manager
Nathan Shea

The Asia Foundation

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Senior Programme Officer
Tabea Campbell Pauli

The Asia Foundation

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Research Lead
Azeema Cheema

Verso Consulting

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Research Lead
Starjoan Villanueva

The Asia Foundation

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Research Associate
Azizul Hoque

Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University

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Research Lead
Jessica Olney

The Asia Foundation

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Our research

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2022

This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2022

A report by Kachinland Research Centre explores the political, economic and conflict dynamics along Myanmar’s northeastern border with China

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2022

Learnings from working with Rohingya residing in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

BRIEFING PAPER

17th March 2022

Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th March 2022

This briefing paper builds on an empirical study of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health, economic status, and mobility of wage laborers and ...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th December 2021

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.

BRIEFING PAPER

21st July 2021

When the Myanmar military reclaimed power in February after a decade of democratic government, it disrupted the delicate peace process with Myanmar’s ...

BRIEFING PAPER

23rd June 2021

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local Research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malc...

BRIEFING PAPER

14th June 2021

This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ), and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid ...

BRIEFING PAPER

14th June 2021

This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ), and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid ...

BRIEFING PAPER

30th March 2021

An analysis Covid-19’s effects in the Southern Philippines and health protocols in the Sulu archipelago.

RESEARCH REPORT

1st March 2021

This report by Verso Consulting unpacks the complexity of Pakistan’s border dynamics with Afghanistan by focusing research activity on three key bo...

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