Youth Creativity and Leadership on Tap to Solve Asia’s Water Problems
With some 60% of the global youth population living in Asia and the Pacific, young people have consistently and increasingly shown they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.
World Water Day: How We Can ‘Unflood’ Asia
On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.
World Toilet Day: Improved Sanitation Saves Lives and Time
A sanitation campaign in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic reveals that reducing open defecation has unexpected benefits across households and communities.
Women Are Key to Improving Rural Sanitation
On World Toilet Day, a marketing campaign in Viet Nam sheds light on what makes civil society organizations effective partners for development projects
Window of Opportunity Still Open on Climate Action
A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.
Will the Green Climate Fund Pledges Create a Momentum for Ongoing Climate Negotiations?
The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries.
Why Wastewater Matters, and Innovation is Indispensable
Innovative solutions can help Asian cities and communities leapfrog wastewater management challenges.
Who's Growing Tomorrow's Food?
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.
What Korea, Malaysia Can Teach us About Sanitation's Impact on Economic Growth
Both countries are good examples of how investing in water and sanitation spurs economic development.
We Need to Help Small Businesses on the Front Lines of Water and Sanitation in Asia
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises play a crucial role across the water and sanitation value chain. They need innovative financing solutions to help millions of people obtain clean water and decent sanitation.