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.