March 2014

  • Bust the Gender Myths to Set Girls on Course for Future

    By Shanny Campbell on Monday, 31 March 2014

    How many of your childhood friends do you remember who climbed trees, drew imaginative pictures showing how things worked, built cities of Lego, rode bikes, constructed forts from blankets and furniture and invented elaborate games involving hiding, seeking, capturing … and getting really filthy?

  • World TB Day – Reaching the missing millions

    By Dr. Jean-Jacques Bernatas on Monday, 24 March 2014

    World Tuberculosis Day provides an important occasion to raise awareness about a disease that continues to affect millions of people around the globe.

  • A boy watches a pump providing water to irrigate a rice field in Cambodia

    The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

    By Vinod Thomas on Thursday, 20 March 2014

    Striking rates of economic growth notwithstanding, 550 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific, 65% of the population has no safe piped water, and more than 600 million people live without electricity. Overcoming these problems requires a combined approach in which food, water and energy are treated as a nexus, rather than as separate, standalone issues, which has too often been the case in the past.

  • Making the Top 100: Where are the women water leaders in Asia and the Pacific?

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Increasing women’s leadership in the water sector may appear straightforward given affirmative measures such as project gender action plans and gender targets designed to boost female involvement. However, in practice, very few women have emerged as leaders in the sector as a direct outcome of these measures.

  • Spread between the 1-year AAA and BBB+ corporate bond yields in PRC. View <a href="/sites/default/files/chaori-chart.png">chart</a> in full.

    Chinese bond default – What does it mean for Asia's bond market development?

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    Last Friday, 7 March, 2014, Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd defaulted on its 1 billion yuan ’Chaori-11 bond‘ when it failed to pay in full the coupon due that day. The default should not have taken investors by surprise as the company has been struggling over the past few years due to general weakness in the solar panel market.

  • Are you paid to Tweet

    By Floyd Whaley on Friday, 07 March 2014

    Knowledge management has in recent years become a buzzword in development circles. What is knowledge? The Oxford dictionary defines it as “information and skills acquired through experience or education” – though I particularly like Oxford’s second definition: “the sum of what is known”. If Twitter entries and blog posts were a part of the job of development workers, and not a tedious unpaid burden added to their workload, they would actually share the valuable information in their heads.

  • Giving Asia’s elderly care and dignity

    By on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    There is a seemingly hidden problem for Asia in providing economic, social and emotional security for the elderly. But drawing on the experiences of more developed economies, I think there is a silver lining behind this – an opportunity if actions are taken now to provide care and to give dignity to the elderly in Asia.

  • Safe migration for women to reduce human trafficking risks

    By Sonomi Tanaka on Monday, 03 March 2014

    Written by Sonomi Tanaka
    Radhika Coomaraswamy, a human rights lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, once said: “Traffickers fish in the stream of migration." What does this mean? It means that trafficking is more likely to occur within a series of migration, when men and women are on the move in search of new opportunities, better incomes and better lives in unfamiliar and strange surroundings.