Aun Rahman, the former Pakistan country director at Acumen Fund, a social venture capital firm, considers how private-sector-driven entrepreneurial approaches can be used to assist the urban poor.
Khurram Husain will arrive in Washington in September 2013 and serve at the Wilson Center until May 2014.
Bangladesh's government has chosen a path that clearly will lead to taking over the pioneering microfinance bank, just as its founder, Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus, feared. In this op-ed, Senior Scholar and former Ambassador to Bangladesh William Milam describes the motivations of Prime Minister Hasina’s government to bring the bank down and laments that due to Western inaction, it may now be too late to reverse course.
Asia Special Report No. 100
Irrigation and hydroelectric projects are draining the river's flow, while glaciers are melting in Kashmir.
This year's elections in Burma will effect little political change despite mounting international and domestic pressure on the nation's ruling junta, four experts concluded at a May 25 event hosted by the Asia Program. They also agreed that discussions on Burma should not be dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the now-disbanded National League for Democracy.
Why the surprisingly relaxed US approach during George W. Bush's first term to the challenge posed by the North Korean nuclear weapons program? For an exploration of this seeming paradox by Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway, click here.