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A New Development Path for the Rural Poor

With John Soussan and Stein Hansen on Wed, 22 October 2014

Despite Asia's spectacular economic growth of the last 20 years, with 758 million people who live on less than $1.25 a day poverty remains a dominating issue in the region. Communities living in remote inland areas, along hard-to-reach coastal zones or on marginal land are still particularly affected by the problem.

Transport in the Asian Century

With James Leather on Wed, 13 August 2014

Asia’s ongoing economic growth spurt will have a huge impact on its transport system, especially in terms of sustainable mobility of the people, and the safe and efficient movements of good and services. Achieving this promising future and assuring the quality of life of millions across the region will require managing risks and challenges such as congestion, road crashes, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

With Kaveh Zahedi and Nessim Ahmad on Thu, 05 June 2014

Human activities are causing unprecedented changes in the Earth's climate. The impacts are already plain to see: floods and droughts, volatile food prices, and increased vulnerability for the poor. On World Environment Day 2014 we look at how climate change is affecting vulnerable coastal communities across Asia and the Pacific and what can be done to mitigate its impact.

Making GrEEEn cities a Reality

With Sonia Chand Sandhu and Ramola Naik Singru on Thu, 29 May 2014

Cities around Asia are identifying ways of improving quality of life for their growing number of inhabitants. To make “grEEEn” cities a reality, they need to balance Environment sustainability, Equitable services, and boost Economic activity. Green cities are livable cities.

Women at Work: Breaking through Asia's Glass Ceiling

With Imrana Jalal and Nelien Haspels on Tue, 22 April 2014

Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific will only translate into more and better jobs for women when legislative, economic, and social reforms are introduced.

Supporting Women's Contribution to the Fight against Climate Change

With Lauren Sorkin, Linda Adams and Liane Schalatek on Wed, 26 March 2014

Women play a front line role in managing energy, waste, and water resources and are uniquely positioned to contribute in the fight against climate change. Yet new research funded by the Nordic Development Fund shows women are rarely considered in the disbursal of multi-million dollar global climate funds.

Powering Myanmar's Growth

With Chong Chi Nai and Jong-Inn Kim on Wed, 15 January 2014

Since Myanmar’s reform process began in 2011, its energy architecture has seen many positive developments. A robust energy development plan is crucial to the successful continuation of the country's economic and social development.

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