The 12th International Conference on Urban Health was held last month for the first time in a developing country, something remarkable given that almost all urban population growth in our lifetime is predicted to take place in developing countries.
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With a rapidly growing population in Asia and rising demand for drinking water, power, and food the competition for water resources is huge. The future challenge is how to grow more food with less water.
Just last week, the Nepal government gathered high-level representatives from over 50 countries and multilateral agencies for an international conference for Nepal’s reconstructio. ADB pledged $600 million—including $200 million emergency assistance—to cover a part of the need to rebuild school buildings, roads and public buildings.
Two months after the catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, the government and development partners including ADB are now publishing the definitive report on the tremor’s impact.
As the People’s Republic of China is fast becoming a haven for all sorts of tech entrepreneurs, many of these need help from incubators such as Legend Star. Executive Director Gang Lu tells us more about the company’s business model, and how it decides which entrepreneurs to back.
Fiscal policies usually promote economic growth and reduce inequality directly, and/or strengthen people’s adaptive capacity indirectly. But do they respond appropriately to reduce vulnerabilities, or actually widen the pre-existing inequality that exacerbates during disasters?
CSR brings so many benefits to the bottom line of a business and organization that is no longer an issue for debate. The tipping point has been reached in Asia, and here are 5 reasons (in reverse order of importance) to promote CSR in your workplace.
Asia’s share of world energy consumption could rise from around a third in 2010 to more than half by 2035, and raw energy consumption in the region will more than double. Meeting these needs in a sustainable way requires a shift in investment away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources.
For the benefits of recent economic growth to become more widely distributed, Papua New Guinea needs further reforms to promote the development of its private sector.
At this week’s Asian Clean Energy Forum 2015, many speculated about how current low oil prices may affect investments in renewable energy across the region. In the Pacific, the impact may not be as great as we intuitively expect.
On World Population Day, it's time to reflect on how we choose to address the challenges and maximize the opportunities of a growing older population, which will determine the future of developing Asia.
How can cleantech entrepreneurs learn to better sell their business ideas to investors? We asked Kunal Upadhyay, CEO of Infuse Ventures, an Indian early-stage incubator company which is bridging the gap between both sides.
Asia and the Pacific has much to gain from combating climate change, having endured some of the worst climate-related disasters of recent years. But with the region producing an ever greater share of global carbon emissions, what can it do to protect its people—and the world—from the effects of climate change?
As we get ready for the 2015 Asian Clean Energy Forum, the context for our meeting has changed greatly from that of last year. The region’s energy leaders are now looking to re-evaluate traditional norms to respond to volatile prices, extreme weather, and large-scale accidents and disruptions.
Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines.