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Tackling Poverty: Could Universal Basic Income Solve India’s Problem? Our Mandakini Devasher takes a look from Delhi.

Tackling Poverty: Could Universal Basic Income Solve India's Problem? - The Asia Foundation
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02/18/2017 at 21:05. Facebook
Asia Snapshot: young Indonesians eat from a roadside stall in #Jakarta, #Indonesia. Photo by Conor Ashleigh
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02/15/2017 at 17:04. Facebook
A mother and child in #Indonesia enjoy story time together. Reading out loud is considered one of the most important activities for a child's education. Join us and our Books for Asia program today in celebrating World Read Aloud Day! #WRAD17
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02/14/2017 at 19:03. Facebook
Addressing the key challenges facing Afghanistan will require more effective and nuanced engagement beyond Afghanistan’s borders. To get there, Afghan diplomats need to be equipped with better English-language skills. Read more on our blog.

To Advance Afghanistan's Regional Role, Diplomats Need Language of International Relations - The Asia Foundation
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02/14/2017 at 01:32. Facebook
If Uttar Pradesh was a country it would be the 5th largest in the world. Here are some key numbers for #India's massive state elections taking place now, via @WSJ [ Link ]

India’s Massive State Elections in Uttar Pradesh – The Numbers
Wow! More than 500 members of one Chinese family have posed for the ultimate family photo via BBC News.

Chinese family reunites 500 members for rare photo - BBC News
Asia Snapshot: a shopkeeper reads the newspaper in #Rajshahi, #Bangladesh. Photo by Jon Jamieson
Shamsia Hassani, a painter who teaches at Kabul University, is also a graffiti artist who ventures into the streets of #Afghanistan to create murals. [ Link ]

See how graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani is giving Afghan women a voice despite the danger
Meet the 2017 class of #AsiaDevFellows! The seven women and five men are an accomplished group of change makers—inspiring young professionals working in government, the nonprofit sector, social enterprises, and media representing 11 Asian countries. [ Link ]
At last, domestic violence has been made a criminal offence in Mongolia. Now, the police are on the front lines of making sure the law is implemented. Read more.

Mongolia's Amended Law Makes Domestic Violence a Criminal Offence - The Asia Foundation
Interesting read! With rural Japan shrinking and aging, a small town seeks to stem the trend via Washington Post

In Japan, opting out of the daily grind
Nearly three months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a cash ban to curb corruption and tax evasion, the country is still reeling from the move, with millions struggling from a cash shortage in an overwhelmingly cash-dependent economy. Here's what you need to know: [ Link ]

Q&A: Understanding India's Cash Crisis - The Asia Foundation
By the time Sushil Adhikari was 11 years old, an inherited eye disease caused him to lose his sight completely. Growing up in Nepal, he faced daily obstacles, but now at 25, he is a computer applications specialist and an advocate for better accessibility. Read how he got there: [ Link ]

The Anatomy of ‘Leadership Development' for Young Reformers - The Asia Foundation
Asia Snapshot: #Ulaanbaatar, #Mongolia’s Ger district. Photo by Mark Koenig.
After such a cataclysmic series of events, rebuilding an economy based on fishing, agriculture and tourism is not easy. It requires some innovative thinking.

Japan's post-tsunami recovery plan: tomatoes, fish and hula-dancing
Asian experts gather in Seoul to discuss U.S. foreign policy toward Asia, and how those policies could shift under the new U.S. administration. [ Link ]

Experts at Seoul Forum Examine Asian Views on America's Role in Asia - The Asia Foundation
"Empowering rural women will reduce the likelihood of them being trafficked, particularly if they are skilled and have employment opportunities," our Diya Nag in #India tells Thomson Reuters Foundation

India's new budget not enough to check trafficking - activists
Our blog editor sat down with #Indonesia’s top economist and former Minister Mari Pangestu to discuss trade, Indonesia’s infrastructure challenges, the “Beyond Bali” strategy, lessons from Silicon Valley, and thoughts on minority issues as the first woman Chinese Indonesian to hold a cabinet position in Indonesia. [ Link ]

Q&A with Indonesia's Leading Economist and Former Minister Mari Pangestu - The Asia Foundation
Young girls in a school in India. Credit: World Bank I was in India a few weeks ago and had the chance to visit some rural schools in Uttar Pradesh. When I was there, I met a group of adolescent girls who could potentially help close the country’s gender gap. These girls board at school, where they…

In India, small interventions bring big changes for gender equality