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Asia remains the fastest growing region in the world, home to 3.9 billion people, or about 56 percent of the world's population. Of the world's 10 largest megacities, seven are in Asia. At the same time, Asia is home to roughly two-thirds of the world's poor. Despite dramatic economic growth, income inequality has actually widened in 11 of 28 Asian countries, including the three most populous countries and drivers of the region's rapid growth – China, India, and Indonesia. Basic needs such as access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities remain out of reach for over 40 percent of the people living in Asia. While primary and secondary school enrollment has been increasing globally, our region is still home to more than half a billion illiterate adults. Meanwhile, growing environmental degradation and persistent subnational conflicts threaten the safety, security, and livelihood of everyone in the region.
With your support,The Asia Foundation is addressing some of the most difficult and pressing challenges facing this diverse and dynamic region. We are doing so by working with communities, businesses, and governments within and across countries. Our projects focus on governance and law, economic development, environment, regional cooperation, and women's empowerment, as well as U.S.-Asia exchange programs and our long-running Books for Asia program. In all our efforts, we are guided by our vision of helping to build a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia. This vision may seem hard to quantify, but we translate it into action through concrete projects that make a tangible difference in the lives of people and communities every day. And your support to The Asia Foundation helps make this vision possible.