The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating lives and livelihoods globally. Before the pandemic, the World Bank projected that 35 million people in East Asia and the Pacific would escape poverty in 2020…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Small, landlocked, and resource-rich Lao PDR has been quietly maintaining its place as one of East Asia and Pacific’s fastest growing economies for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, the average…

Stephen Danyo |

Within a few weeks of the disaster, the tents, half a dozen of them, were lined up along a creek where houses with bamboo walls and nipa roofs had once stood. They were brand new… and empty. They…

Markus Kostner |

Photo: Songquan Deng/Flickr Singapore: the beautiful city state, famed for its lush gardens, splendid food, culturally diverse communities, and the cocktail Singapore Sling. I was there last week…

Henrike Brecht |

In PDF: Korean | Khmer Every time I learn of another natural disaster – the people killed and injured, homes destroyed, livelihoods lost – I know we must act to reduce the tragic impact instead of…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

I began my professional career as a sub-district and district level administrator in India-a position that makes one responsible for pretty much everything- from making sure the water comes out of…

Abhas Jha |

In 2011, Thailand suffered the worst floods in half a century. The flood crisis impacted more than 13 million people. About 97, 000 houses were damaged and entire villages and cities were under…

Flavia Carbonari |

Photo courtesy of ianmyles through a Creative Commons license Available in ภาษาไทย Like the massive earthquake in Japan earlier this year, the floods in Thailand are again exposing the…

Thomas Farole, Julia Oliver |

ภาพภ่ายโดย iamyles ผ่านการใช้ลิขสิทธิ์จากครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ ยังมีอีกที่: English เช่นเดียวกับแผ่นดินไหวครั้งรุนแรงที่ญี่ปุ่นเมื่อต้นปี…

Thomas Farole, Julia Oliver |

It’s been an unusually severe rainy season in some parts of Lao PDR, with several typhoons passing over after making landfall in Vietnam.  Thailand is also severely hit, with Bangkok bracing…

William Rex |