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What does Asia Foundation do?
Their programs assist Indonesian women’s organizations to provide women with the skills and confidence to effectively present their priorities and incorporate them into community development plans that meet both women’s and men’s needs. Simultaneously, they work with government officials and prominent community and religious leaders to encourage their support for women’s participation in public decision-making.
For the 2009 elections, their programs have trained nearly 500 women to run effective election campaigns. These trainings included communication strategies, leadership skills, and education on substantive issues to contribute to their success once elected.
Their program in Aceh provides microloans to a network of 42 women’s groups with over 1,500 women members. Through their local partner, the Center for the Development of Women’s Resources, poor Acehnese women receive microloans and the technical training necessary to manage their funds and start productive small businesses. Loan recipients also gain vital skills and confidence to participate in the public arena, enabling them to help make decisions and solve community problems. Foundation programs also provide computers and training to build the capacity of local women’s groups to better track their lending and increase transparency.
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The Asia Foundation partners with local Indonesian organizations to help women advocate for their rights and improve their lives. Their programs support leadership training, microfinance, and community budgeting to enable women to effectively contribute to Indonesia’s development as both community members and potential leaders.
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.