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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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Interview with Josh Woodard, FHI 360
10 August 2016

Interview with Josh Woodard, FHI 360

​Interview with Josh Woodard, Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor, FHI 360 at the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 <p>

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Interview with Hans van Rijn, Asian Development Bank
10 August 2016

Interview with Hans van Rijn, Asian Development Bank

Interview with Hans van Rijn, Principal Evaluation Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 <p>

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Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 - Best of the Summit
10 August 2016

Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016 - Best of the Summit

The 2nd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit gathered over 290 local, regional and global humanitarian and development professionals from NGOs, UN agencies, donors, governments and the private sector with an aim to share knowledge, discover success stories or learn from failures, foster innovation and partnerships to assist the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South-East Asia. The 45+ expert speaker panel shared valuable insights, lead thought provoking discussions and lively exchange of views on a range of vital topics including mobile innovations, partnerships and technologies...

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Interview with Luc Provost, CEO B Medical Systems at AIDF AID & DEVELOPMENT ASIA SUMMIT 2016
13 July 2016

Interview with Luc Provost, CEO B Medical Systems at AIDF AID & DEVELOPMENT ASIA SUMMIT 2016

Luc Provost is CEO of B Medical Systems (a former division of the Dometic group), specialized in the production of medical refrigeration equipment for blood and vaccines. Since Luc joined the group in 2000, he significantly contributed to the company’s strategic planning and to field operations worldwide. Luc Provost holds a university degree in business and management from UCL Mons and in international marketing at the University Laval Quebec. Before joining B Medical Systems, he gained a valuable experience in the industry and the army....

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Availability of Funds in Southeast Asia
09 June 2016

Availability of Funds in Southeast Asia

To provide the southeast of Asia with the necessary funding, both the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have committed to funding future development programmes in Southeast Asia, with a combined funding capacity reaching over $27 billion (a record figure thus far). The World Bank’s overview of Cambodia is encouraging, with an average of 7% growth every year. However, in order to pre-emptively prevent economic stagnation, $130 million has been promised by the World Bank with the priorities being health care and travel infrastructure....

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€10,000 prize for dengue projects
02 June 2016

€10,000 prize for dengue projects

A new competition has been launched to find initiatives and campaigns that help to combat dengue fever by integrating the new vaccine into the anti-dengue arsenal. Dengue fever causes nearly 400 million infections annually, impacting half of the world’s population. The WHO aims to reduce dengue mortality by 50% and morbidity by 25% by 2020. New tools, including the world’s first vaccine, innovative vector control measures and smarter surveillance systems could be game-changers. But only if we use them. For these technologies to improve public...

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Addressing Vaccination Cold Chain Challenges in Vietnam
31 May 2016

Addressing Vaccination Cold Chain Challenges in Vietnam

Over the years, Vietnam - supported by the Luxembourg Government and other organisations including WHO, UNICEF, JICA and GAVI between 1995 and 2012 - has significantly developed its nationwide vaccine cold chain - the process by which vaccinations are stored and transported in refrigerated equipment to ensure that they are safely delivered to patients – which extends to 5,000 communes, 700 districts and 63 provincial level cold chain facilities. The country’s National Expanded Programme on Immunization (NEPI) provides 12 life-saving vaccines free of charge to...

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