• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff501-1000
  • Development Budget100 Million - 500 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1954

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, their programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, their Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways they encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals.  In 2014, they provided more than $108 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $11 million. PROGRAM AREAS AMERICA'S ROLE IN ASIA Every four years, America's Role in Asia brings together a distinguished group of Asian and American policy experts, current and former diplomats, and scholars to develop recommendations for U.S. policy toward Asia. The program reflects The Asia Foundation's view that if workable solutions to common problems are to be found, perspectives from both sides of the Pacific must be heard and shared. BOOKS FOR ASIA Books change lives. They're getting brand new texts to students in vulnerable regions of Asia, including Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (newly named Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa), where university libraries were devastated by flooding. Books help shape people's imaginations, critical thinking skills, and their understanding of the world. Books for Asia puts one million brand-new books into the hands of students and teachers in 18 countries every year. They know an educated population is better equipped to fight poverty, disease, injustice, and instability. Through their offices in Asia, they identify and donate directly to libraries, schools, and universities in need. CENTER FOR U.S.-KOREA POLICY The Center for U.S.-Korea Policy aims to deepen and broaden the foundations for institutionalized cooperation between the United States and South Korea by promoting bilateral policy coordination. A project of The Asia Foundation, the Center is based in the Foundation's Washington DC office. The Center supports the Foundation's commitment to the development of the Asia Pacific by supporting a comprehensive U.S.-ROK alliance partnership on emerging global, regional, and non-traditional security challenges CONFLICT AND FRAGILE CONDITIONS Violent conflict and fragile governance present enormous challenges for development and security in Asia. In places where violence is widespread and government ceases to function, the pace of development falls dramatically and conditions can deteriorate to extreme levels. The Asia Foundation has a long history of programs in conflict-affected and fragile regions of Asia. ECONOMIC REFORM & DEVELOPMENT The Asia Foundation's Economic Reform and Development programs support Asian initiatives that enhance economic governance aimed at accelerating and sustaining broad-based economic growth. Based on decades of experience, the Foundation focuses on reform of the regulatory and structural constraints to investment, enterprise, and participation. The Asia Foundation promotes open and inclusive economic governance not only within countries but also across economies. ELECTIONS The Asia Foundation has a long history of supporting programs that encourage free and fair elections throughout Asia as a means for advancing broader democratic goals, for building capacity of key electoral institutions to carry out free and fair elections, and for building commitment to development enhancing reforms. ENVIRONMENT The Asia Foundation works with local partners to improve environmental stewardship, economic development, and human health by building capacity for public participation; involving a broad range of stakeholders in adopting environmental management approaches that respect ecosystems; and strengthening Asia’s environmental cooperation with the global community. EXCHANGES Through its Asian-American Exchange unit, The Asia Foundation seeks to encourage greater understanding between Asians and Americans with the ultimate aim of contributing towards strengthened U.S.-Asia relations. Over the past five decades, Foundation grants have provided thousands of participants with opportunities to exchange views and gain direct experience with regions other than their own. GOVERNANCE PROGRAMS The Asia Foundation’s Governance programs support local initiatives aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and responsiveness of governance in Asian countries. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS For more than half a century, The Asia Foundation’s International Relations programs has served as a trusted, independent bridge between the United States and Asia. The goal of the Foundation’s International Relations work is to foster greater understanding and dialogue between the United States and Asia in the effort to promote a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. LAW PROGRAMS People across Asia face systemic challenges in resolving their disputes; enforcing their rights; and accessing the benefits to which they are legally entitled.  To address these problems, the Asia Foundation’s law programs support Asian efforts to protect the legal rights of vulnerable groups; strengthen dispute resolution processes; and reform dysfunctional laws, policies, institutions, and practices. PARTNERS IN ASIAN DEVELOPMENT The Asia Foundation’s Partnership for Asian Development (PAD) initiative contributes to deepening the impact of public Official Development Assistance in Asia, and supports private Asian philanthropy aimed at economic and social development in the region. WASHINGTON DC Their office in the U.S. capital organizes substantive dialogues with key audiences on policy issues facing the Asia-Pacific. Roundtables, forums, lectures, and conversations provide policymakers, non-governmental officials, journalists, and scholars with contemporary views from Asia and on-the-ground information: The Asian Perspective Series, the Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Series, and the Emerging Issues Series. WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM For more than half a century, The Asia Foundation has been a leader in helping women to realize their potential. They believe that investing in women fundamentally strengthens families and societies. Their Women's Empowerment Program develops women's leadership, strengthens women's organizations, increases women's rights and ensures their personal security, and creates new political and economic opportunities for women across the Asia-Pacific region.
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Current jobs

568Total posted jobs

Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Terms of Reference- Mapping of ongoing and upcoming Future Work Interventions intended for RMG...
  • Program Specialist, Technology and Innovation
    United States
  • Director, Economic Programs
    India, Philippines, Thailand, United States
  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, USAID Mekong Safeguards

Staff at The Asia Foundation have experience in


  • development
  • economic policy
  • research & development
  • personnel / human resources
  • monitoring / evaluation


  • save the children international
  • ec


  • united states
  • bangladesh
  • pakistan
  • nepal
  • philippines


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

In the News

Sponsored by The Asia Foundation

To be or not to be part of the AIIB

30 July 2015
Produced in Partnership: Development Enabled

This cafe in Yogyakarta serves more than just coffee

26 February 2019
Produced in partnership: Development Enabled

Disability inclusion starts with a village

5 April 2019
Monitoring and evaluation

How tech is transforming M&E

21 May 2019
Development roundtable

Solutions that are changing the face of Asia

18 May 2015


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Company Offices

  • Afghanistan
  • Kabul
  • Houses # 48 & 50, Street No. 1, Hajji Yaquob Square, Shahr-e-Naw
  • Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
  • House No. 59, Oknha Peich (St 242)
  • China
  • Beijing
  • Suite 1905, Building No. 1, Henderson Center, 18 Jianguomennei Avenue
  • 100005
  • Hong Kong
  • c/o Hong Kong-America Center, Room 503, Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin
  • India
  • New Delhi
  • 114 Jor Bagh (First Floor)
  • 110 003
  • Indonesia
  • Jakarta
  • PO BOX 6793 JKSRB
  • 12067
  • Japan
  • Tokyo
  • TAF Japan co/ CSO Network Japan, 5th Floor, Avaco Building, 2-2-18 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku
  • 169-0051
  • Korea, South
  • Seoul
  • 7th Floor, YiYangWon Building, 63-7 Gyeongun-dong, Jongno-gu
  • 110-310
  • Laos
  • Vientiane
  • 23 Singha Road, House No. 069, Unit 4, Phonxay Village, Xaysettha District, P.O. Box 8032
  • Malaysia
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Suite 13.05 Level 13, The Gardens South Tower, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra
  • 59200
  • Mongolia
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • United Nations Street 18, Central P.O. Box 1003
  • 14201
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu
  • G.P.O. Box 935, Bhat Bhateni
  • Pakistan
  • Islamabad
  • P.O. Box 1165
  • Philippines
  • Pasay
  • P.O. Box 7072, Domestic Airport Post Office
  • Metropolitan Manila
  • Singapore
  • Singapore
  • 51, Goldhill Plaza #22-01/02
  • 308900
  • Sri Lanka
  • Colombo
  • 3/1 A Rajakeeya Mawatha
  • 7
  • Thailand
  • Bangkok
  • Q. House Convent Bldg., Floor 6D, 38 Convent Road, Silom
  • 10500
  • Timor-Leste
  • Rua De Nu Laran No.20, Bairro Dos Grillos, Dili
  • United States (headquarters)
  • 465 California Street, 9th Floor PO Box 193223
  • United States (headquarters)
  • San Francisco
  • 465 California Street, 9th Floor
  • California 94104
  • United States
  • Washington
  • 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 815
  • District of Columbia 20036
  • Viet Nam
  • Hanoi
  • #10-03 Prime Centre, 53 Quang Trung Street