More than 150 people participated in the SotM Africa conference in 2017. (Courtesy of SotM Africa) There is a unique space where you can encounter everyone from developers of self-driving cars in…

Vivien Deparday, Jocelyn Michele West, Mira Lilian Gupta |

A recent World Bank report indicates that nine out of 10 of Sri Lankans may live in climate hotspots—or areas highly prone to floods or droughts—by 2050 [[tweetable]]Sri Lanka has a long history…

Thomas Walker |

The Surma River that flows between Bangladesh and India. Photo Credit: Poonam Pillai Being from Kolkata, I have always been used to floods. Prolonged flooding typically meant schools and offices…

Poonam Pillai |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

While the number of Sri Lankans living under the poverty line has decreased tremendously, many still live right above it and can fall back into extreme poverty if they experience a shock such as a…

Ralph van Doorn |

At the launch of the Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU), our Twitter chat #SLDU2017: Environmental Benefits of Economic Management set out to explore how Sri Lanka could meet the twin challenges…

Smriti Daniel |

Abandoned fishing boats lay on the banks of the dried Siyambalankkatuwa reservoir in Sri Lanka's Puttalam District, Aug. 10, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Amantha Perera This year, yet…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Photo: Sinkdd/Flickr For many countries, damages and losses related to transport are a significant proportion of the economic impacts of disasters, often more than destruction to housing and…

Shanika Hettige, Shoko Takemoto, Robert Lucas |

[[tweetable]]When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence.[[/tweetable]] Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |