Explaining the housing program admistered by the Multi-Donor Fund to a group of residents. (Geumala Yatim, who started working with communities in Aceh soon after the 2004 tsunami hit, is writing…

Geumala Yatim |

It surprised me a little bit when I was driving my family along the west coast of Aceh a couple of weeks ago. Not too far from Banda Aceh, the capital city of Aceh’s province, a 15 meters wide-…

Harry Masyrafah |

A few days before the start of the U.N. climate conference this week in Copenhagen, the results of an interesting – and very relevant – poll were released by the World Bank. While world leaders…

James I Davison |

Residents of Honiara eating dinner during a blackout. Energy in the Solomon Islands can be unreliable and expensive. A few nights ago, when I returned to my house on the ridges above Solomon…

Hamish Wyatt |

If you haven’t already taken the time to do some development-related Googling after last week’s announcement that World Bank statistics are now available through the ubiquitous search engine’s…

James I Davison |

Here’s an interesting and quick item to check out on a Friday. This map gives an attractive, at-a-glace look at some of the world’s key natural resources, organized by country. A couple of things…

James I Davison |

In my earlier blog posts and video on my return visit to Siberut, I mentioned that we had visited the Pungut Research Camp of the German Primate Centre and Institut Pertanian Bogor in the far…

Tony Whitten |

Remittance flows to several Central Asian countries appear to be declining precipitously in the first half of this year, raising concerns that these flows are less resilient in the Europe and…

Sanket Mohapatra |

It was clear that our study area on the Indonesian island of Siberut is now rarely visited by anyone. (More photos) My last post described my reactions to going back to Siberut Island with my wife…

Tony Whitten |

"The only way to really speak to someone is to go over to where they are", Primo told me about the state of telecommunications in the country.

Hamish Wyatt |