In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

As a nurse manager assigned to the Taguig City Social Hygiene Clinic and Drop-In Center for more than a year now, I have gone through unpredictable, funny, scary, sad, happy, thrilling and…

Rennan Ocheda |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |

Geographically, the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara, is a hilly city, a maze of ridges and valleys. In front of me, concrete steps descend 30 meters down the face of a ridge, winding their way…

Evan Wasuka |

  A caretaker at an HIV testing facility in Bangkok, Thailand. In Asia, Thailand remains one of the countries hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. Currently, 440, 000 people are living with HIV and…

Sutayut Osornprasop |

El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

​Studies show children grow taller and perform better
on cognitive tests in communities where residents have
access to improved sanitation and do not defecate
in the open. Photo…

Claire Chase, Meera Shekar, Richard Damania, Martin Gambrill |

Photo Credit: Water.org via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license This blog originally appeared on the The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (…

John Ikeda, Heather Arney |

A striking feature of Vietnam’s remarkable progress over the last few decades is the rapid pace of urbanization. In 1986, there were fewer than 13 million urban residents. Today there are 30…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

On to Laos….
Last week, I shared the experience from Myanmar’s CDD program and the role it is playing in making the country’s growth more inclusive for all.

Susan Wong |