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 |

When I recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I spoke with several government officials in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs who told me about the many problems encountered by their…

Neil Ruiz |

A recently released Post-Disaster Needs Assessment tells of big numbers: total damage and losses following typhoons Ketsana and Parma was US$4.3 billion.  (Photo by Nonilon Reyes) My mind raced…

Dave Llorito |

Some recipients of a scholarship given to young girls in Cambodia at the end of primary school. The program has had a significant effect on girls’ secondary enrollment. (photo by Deon Filmer)…

Emmanuel Jimenez |

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 |

The winds of change are blowing in Malaysia, as the government is taking on an ambitious agenda of structural reform. The objective is to climb up the income ladder and join the league of high-…

Philip Schellekens |

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 |

Updates to monthly remittances data Remittances to Guatemala declined 10.9% y-o-y in October. Year-to-date decline is 9.9%. Remittances to El Salvador declined 7.1% y-o-y in October. Year-to-date…

Ani Silwal |

David Manalo's organization wants to distribute unique floating generators to provide electricity to people in a remote part of the Philippines.

James I Davison |