About Asia Regional
Despite significant economic growth in Asia, major impediments to sustainable development remain. Income inequality is increasing in the region, threatening to undermine the basis of sustainable economic growth. Asia also faces some of the world’s most urgent environmental challenges. Three of the world’s six largest greenhouse-gas emitting countries are in Asia and the region is particularly vulnerable to climate change and deforestation. Countries in Asia continue to suffer from the damaging impacts of infectious disease, including HIV/AIDS, avian influenza, malaria and tuberculosis. Civil society is relatively weak, and global indicators on democratic reforms, including those related to NGO development and engagement, are stagnant at best. Neighboring economies are at different stages of development, posing challenges to regional economic integration. And, in search of better jobs, many people are lured by false promises of opportunity and good wages and fall victim to human-trafficking schemes.
USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, located in Bangkok, is a regional office which implements programs and generates partnerships with government, civil society, private sector and regional institutions across 24 Asian nations to address critical development challenges in areas like the environment and natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, and infectious diseases that cross national borders. USAID Asia also works to protect and empower vulnerable populations and to strengthen regional institutions to ensure that economic growth in Asia brings with it greater food security, environmental protections and gender equality in civil society. USAID’s regional mission is the forward operating base for supporting USAID Forward reforms, serves as a knowledge platform for best practices and training (including through its state-of-the-art Asia Regional Training Center), and supports implementation of Presidential Initiatives in Asia. USAID’s regional programs work to address transnational issues, such as human and wildlife trafficking; infectious diseases and emerging pandemic threats; global climate change impacts, deforestation, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions; and unsustainable fishing practices. In addition, USAID provides technical support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum for economic cooperation and integration, to foster solutions for regional challenges.
Last updated: March 19, 2015