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Open Society Foundations activities in Southeast Asia aim to help Burma transition to an open society and support efforts by civil society groups in other countries in the region to improve human rights, promote good governance, strengthen media freedoms, and effectively participate in initiatives such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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Recent Work

The Tricky Practice—and Vast Potential—of Public Polling in Burma

A new study shows that even in a society where freedom of expression is restricted, pollsters can learn a lot about what people want from their government.

From Novelty to Normalcy: Polling in Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

This report examines the state of opinion research in Myanmar, identifies challenges, and makes recommendations for improvements.

Building an Open Burma Through Medical Ethics  

Professor Myaing Myaing Nyunt says that something as simple as teaching doctors and students about consent forms will encourage democratic transition.

Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia

The emergence of digital media in Indonesia has catalyzed the development of diverse and independent media outlets.

A Dramatic Effort to Address the Legacy of Bombing in Laos

Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. One-third of the ordnance never exploded, and continues to maim and kill. But the problem is getting some new attention and aid.

For Indonesian Migrant Workers, Problems Start at Home

Bolder measures need to be adopted by migrant workers’ home countries to minimize the risk of exploitation and ensure that rights are better protected.

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