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Students of Mechai Pattana Bamboo School in Buriram, Thailand

Education

Educating the Poor the Social Entrepreneurial Way

In common with the best international schools, Year 10 students at the school established in Burriam, Thailand by former Senator Mechai Viravaidya, spend a year away from home (in this case, to the Thai beach resort area of Pattaya).  There they experience a different culture, gain independence, and develop teamwork as they transition to young adults. 

Karina Veal

Health | Emerging diseases

H7N9: The Threat and Opportunity

In the last weeks a new strain of a bird flu virus was observed for the first time in humans in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The virus, which has been traced to a reassortment of genes from wild birds in East Asia and chickens in East PRC, poses many urgent questions and raises global public health concerns about an expanding outbreak

Susann Roth

Social development and protection | Social protection

Why Social Protection Should Top the Asian Agenda

As 2013 brings more sluggish growth for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the developing nations of Asia remain the stellar performers of the global economy. And yet on one key indicator the region is lagging behind: investment in social protection in Asia and the Pacific region is lower than in any part of the developing world except sub-Saharan Africa.

Natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific. <a href="http://blogs.adb.org/sites/default/files/blog-natural-disasters-asia-pacific.jpg">View infographic in full.</a>

Climate change

Upping the Game on Disaster Preparedness

The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.

Vinod Thomas

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