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Humanitarian leaders to gather at Aid & Development Asia Summit next week
08 June 2017

Humanitarian leaders to gather at Aid & Development Asia Summit next week

More than 250 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government and UN organisations are set to convene at the Aid & Development Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw next week to exchange innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in Southeast Asia. Hosted on the 14th and 15th June 2017, the 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit offers unparalleled opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and debate to bring escalating issues of disaster relief, food security, access to healthcare and use of mobile...

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After Sale Service, a Key Ingredient in the Support of Health Programs
07 June 2017

After Sale Service, a Key Ingredient in the Support of Health Programs

Early 1998 when Okkar Thiri started operation in Myanmar it was obvious that in spite of a possible sourcing of cheap Indian or Chinese equipment, hospitals and laboratories suffered from a trading mentality of existing suppliers and a total lack of after sales service support. Considering the low budget Ministry of Health could get from the government, it was a major concern for end users to have equipment lying in a backroom and not providing anymore the service it should have. In a first step...

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Engaging Consumers and Communities in Providing Clean Water
30 May 2017

Engaging Consumers and Communities in Providing Clean Water

Per the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF, 663 million people lack access to an improved water source. WHO also reports that 1,000 children are dying each day due to diseases caused by contaminated drinking water. This is unfortunately the case in an emerging country such as Indonesia. In rural areas in Indonesia, only slightly more than half of the population has access to clean water (56.9%) and only 45% of households have access to improved sanitation facilities (MDG 2015 Report). In total, only 82% of...

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17 Million People Worldwide Suffer From Food Insecurity
26 May 2017

17 Million People Worldwide Suffer From Food Insecurity

In 2016, 108 million people suffered “Emergency” levels of food insecurity, a 35 percent increase compared to the previous year. Earlier this month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the 2017 Global Report on Food Crises, which highlights the highest number of food insecure people across the world. There are 17 million people in need of urgent assistance in Yemen, 7 million in Syria and almost 5 million in South Sudan. Other countries identified in the report include Somalia (2.9...

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[Infographics] Meeting Education SDGs in Myanmar
19 May 2017

[Infographics] Meeting Education SDGs in Myanmar

Public spending on education has risen by 49% in Myanmar since 2012. However, only half of school-age children complete their education. In the Philippines the percentage of children in primary education drops to 33%, according to the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) infographic on education and infrastructure resilience in Southeast Asia. According to the OECD, basic levels of education in Myanmar are fairly high for the country’s income level, yet there is an urgent need to advance access to education amongst vulnerable populations and...

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Promoting Accountability in Foreign Assistance through Biometrics
11 May 2017

Promoting Accountability in Foreign Assistance through Biometrics

Article by Benjamin Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch Biometrics in Assistance Biometrics – the use of physical characteristics to identify individuals – offer a powerful tool for accountability in assistance operations. Once confined to law enforcement and border control applications, biometrics are now widely used for a variety of use cases to provide a definitive link between people and transactions. From accessing your phone to voting to logging on to your computer, biometrics are quickly becoming the standard for secure identity. In recent years, international...

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Call for Apps Supporting Aid & Development in Southeast Asia
11 May 2017

Call for Apps Supporting Aid & Development in Southeast Asia

The Aid and International Development Forum is once again on the lookout for mobile applications that encourage and support humanitarian aid and development in Southeast Asia. The shortlisted apps will be showcased at the “Planet of the Apps” on 14-15 June during the 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit, which gathers senior representatives and advisors from government and UN agencies, international and regional NGOs, CBOs, investors and donors, research institutes and the private sector. Submit your suggestions by email at marketing@aidforum.org Launched in September...

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[Infographic] Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition in Southeast Asia
26 April 2017

[Infographic] Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition in Southeast Asia

Agriculture in Southeast Asia is predominantly small-scale yet is a major source of livelihood. According to the AIDF infographic, agriculture accounts for 80% of jobs in Laos, in Bangladesh and Vietnam the figure is approximately 47%. Between 25% and 35% of Myanmar’s GDP is provided by agriculture, which also accounts for 65% of Myanmar’s employment. However, the sector is yet to become a significant contributor to export-led growth due to farmers’ limited access to finance and inadequate financial services. This is the key constraint to...

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Role of immunisation in sustainable development and health resilience
24 April 2017

Role of immunisation in sustainable development and health resilience

Marked on 24-30 April 2017, World Immunisation Week raises awareness about the importance of vaccines in protecting people against disease and the role of immunization in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This year is also represents half of the way through the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), which aims to provide universal access to immunisation by 2020 and avert millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunisation prevents almost 3 million deaths every year, however an estimated 19.4...

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World Health Day
07 April 2017

World Health Day

The World Health Day, marked on 7th April, highlights the importance of ensuring health and well-being for everyone, at every stage of life. Despite significant progress made over the last decade to meet health related targets, 130 million people (21% of population) in South-East Asia (SEA) do not have access to basic health services. The region also has the lowest density of health professionals with a deficit of 6.9 million health workers. The incidence of major infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, has...

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Humanitarian Response and Donor Funding in Myanmar
05 April 2017

Humanitarian Response and Donor Funding in Myanmar

An estimated $150 million is required to meet the needs of half a million people in Myanmar throughout the year, as identified by the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan 2017. The requested funding is down from $189.5 million in 2016, which was needed to support one million people, illustrates the AIDF infographic [click here to view]. Only 63% of the required funds were raised, most of which have been allocated to programmes run by UN agencies and NGOs in three of the Myanmar’s most troubled...

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[Infographics] Disasters and Migration in Southeast Asia
28 March 2017

[Infographics] Disasters and Migration in Southeast Asia

The latest Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) infographics explores the causes and impact of disasters in Southeast Asia. There were 574 disasters reported around the globe and around 108 million people have been affected. The vast majority (92%) of natural disasters are due to global warming. Out of 65.3 million displaced people around the world over 14% are being hosted in Asia and the Pacific. One of the prevailing effects of climate change is water deprivation and drought, caused by the warming of the...

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World Water Day: Improving Health & Livelihoods
22 March 2017

World Water Day: Improving Health & Livelihoods

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year to emphasise the importance of freshwater and sanitation in transforming societies and economies while improving livelihoods. Considering that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, the theme this year is wastewater. Inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water lead to an estimated 2 million diarrhoea-related deaths every year. With over 663 million people still lacking improved drinking water sources, the Aid & International Development Forum supports the mission of...

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Access to energy to pave the way for Myanmar’s development
20 March 2017

Access to energy to pave the way for Myanmar’s development

According to the recent AIDF infographic on infrastructure resilience and access to energy in Southeast Asia, nearly 2 out of 10 people do not have access to electricity in the region. The lowest access to energy across the Southeast Asia region is in Myanmar, where almost 69% of people live in the dark. The percentage without electricity connection rises to 84% in rural areas of Burma. Lack of electricity stalls development and holds Myanmar back from the ability to expand businesses and create jobs. Tackling...

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[Infographic] Infrastructure resilience & ICT development in Southeast Asia
10 March 2017

[Infographic] Infrastructure resilience & ICT development in Southeast Asia

The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that explores infrastructure resilience and access to services in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Myanmar. The global infrastructure gap is a pressing issue. According to the Asian Development Bank, $26 trillion is required by 2030 to resolve Asia’s infrastructure funding gap. Another $800 billion is necessary to provide 1.5 billion people in the region with access to safe drinking water and sanitation. To keep pace with the rapid growth of economies, population...

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Focus on South East Asia: Myanmar
08 March 2017

Focus on South East Asia: Myanmar

South East Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters: a situation which is compounded by the fact that more than half the countries in the region are low or lower income. In addition, three countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar) are considered least developed. Of these, Myanmar has suffered particularly from cyclones and resultant flooding and landslides. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s recent report shows that in 2015, 1.6 million people were displaced as a result of cyclone Komen, resulting in the fifth highest figure...

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Solar-powered ambulance to save lives in Bangladesh
22 February 2017

Solar-powered ambulance to save lives in Bangladesh

The solar three-wheeled ambulance can run entirely on solar power and is perfect for Bangladesh’s many rural areas without adequate services. According to the developers, the ambulance is as well-equipped as the conventional ambulances used in Bangladesh’s cities and costs a fraction of the price at just $1,900 to $2,500 compared to at least $30,000. The vehicle is able to accommodate three people, has a maximum speed of 9-12 miles per hour (15-20 kilometres per hour) and a range of up to 30 miles (50...

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Call for speakers for Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017
09 February 2017

Call for speakers for Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017

Would you like to share your expertise and knowledge on how technological innovations & best practice can improve aid delivery & development strategy? The Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017 is an exclusive platform uniting regional and global expertise, offering an unparalleled opportunity for knowledge exchange, cross-sector engagement and collaboration. As part of our expert speaker panels you will be able to share your knowledge, insight, and help lead thought-provoking discussions during this two day event. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this...

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Myanmar’s Government must act to build an inclusive financial sector
29 November 2016

Myanmar’s Government must act to build an inclusive financial sector

Myanmar’s financial sector is undergoing a significant transition. Since 2012, it has witnessed a number of reforms including, the expansion of private banks, the installation of thousands of ATM machines, the steady growth of private sector credit (albeit from a low foundation) and the issue of more than 1.4 million debit cards. However, Myanmar’s financial sector remains inefficient and uneven as it is heavily concentrated in urban areas. As a result, the rural population is being left without access to financial services. Myanmar is the...

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Interview with Luc Provost, B Medical Systems
10 August 2016

Interview with Luc Provost, B Medical Systems

Interview with Luc Provost, CEO, B Medical Systems at the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 <p>

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