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Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh
26 July 2018

Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world, as well as being one of the most disaster prone. Bangladesh is a very low-lying country with a flat topography, this coupled with its population density and socio-economic status mean that when disasters strike they can...

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Hanoi makes new commitments to tackle air pollution
24 July 2018

Hanoi makes new commitments to tackle air pollution

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with a population of 7.7 million, is one of several Asian countries with alarmingly high levels of air pollution. In 2017, air pollution in the city was four times higher than the World Health Organisation’s accepted level. Around the world 7 million people each year die due...

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A new Global Disaster Database could transform disaster resilience in Asia
20 July 2018

A new Global Disaster Database could transform disaster resilience in Asia

A new Global Disaster Database is hoping to use data from satellite imagery, geographic information systems and risk maps with existing information of disaster loss and damage to reduce the impacts of disasters. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working closely with governments and research partners to collect data...

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6 million people in India are facing the worst water crisis in history
16 July 2018

6 million people in India are facing the worst water crisis in history

Water has become costly in India due to weak infrastructure and a national water shortage. Accord to Avinash Mishra, joint adviser at the Niti Aayog think tank: “India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, threatening hundreds of millions of lives and jeopardising economic growth.” 600 million...

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One quarter of Indian urban population lives in informal homes despite ongoing housing schemes
11 July 2018

One quarter of Indian urban population lives in informal homes despite ongoing housing schemes

Although Indian officials intend to meet the deadline to provide housing for every citizen by 2022, numerous low-cost homes are vacant across India at present. Analysts comment current housing phenomenon indicates critical shortcomings in government policy. Nearly 164,000 low-cost homes built under previous schemes are empty, according to a housing...

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New identity cards protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
11 July 2018

New identity cards protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

According to the United Nations refugee agency, Rohingya refugees who received shelter in Bangladeshwill soon have plastic IDs in credit-card size. The delivery of new IDs, which began in late June, is expected to be completed in six months. The Bangladesh Government and UNHCR issued jointly the plastic IDs. The...

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Significant improvements to living conditions were showed in Myanmar
05 July 2018

Significant improvements to living conditions were showed in Myanmar

A joint report conducted by the Central Statistical Organization, the UNDP, and the World Bank in 2017 indicates that people have improved their living conditions in Myanmar. Electrification extended to Myanmar’s villages Myanmar’s villages had considerable growth in solar and public grid access. Last year, the number of households that...

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Improved risk management can decrease disaster displacement in Asia
04 July 2018

Improved risk management can decrease disaster displacement in Asia

Last year, 18.8 million people were displaced by extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and earthquakes in 135 countries around the world. East and South Asia and the Pacific islands, the world’s most disaster-prone region, bore the brunt of this human exodus: over 11 million people from these regions...

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UN and World Bank call for more support for Rohingya refugees
02 July 2018

UN and World Bank call for more support for Rohingya refugees

UN Secretary- General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have appealed for greater support and funding for the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. António Guterres commented: “My appeal to the international community is to step up to the plate and to substantially increase the financial...

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ASEAN to mainstream gender perspectives in disaster management
02 July 2018

ASEAN to mainstream gender perspectives in disaster management

At the latest Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) the leaders from the ASEAN National Disaster Management Organisations committed to mainstreaming gender perspectives on disaster management. The meeting took place on 26-28 June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was opened by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia...

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India’s GDP is severely threatened by climate change
29 June 2018

India’s GDP is severely threatened by climate change

The World Bank has warned that climate change could cost India 2.8% of its GDP by 2050 if annual temperatures rise by 1-2 degrees. Similarly, the temperature increase would also reduce the living standards of nearly half of India’s 1.3 billion population. Currently, if no action is taken the average...

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Rajan Samuel wins Asia Innovator of the Year Award!
20 June 2018

Rajan Samuel wins Asia Innovator of the Year Award!

Aid & International Development Forum is delighted to announce the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award 2018 at the AIDF Asia Summit taking place on 20-21 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Asia Innovator of the Year Award 2018 celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced...

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India’s worst ever water crisis
15 June 2018

India’s worst ever water crisis

A recent report, called The Niti Aayog Report, conducted by a government think tank has revealed that India is facing its worst ever water crisis. The report has evaluated data from 24 of India’s 29 states and revealed that 600 million people are facing an acute water shortage, with the...

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3 things you must know about bringing water to rural communities
14 June 2018

3 things you must know about bringing water to rural communities

Here are 3 lessons that WateROAM founders learnt in bringing water solutions to the rural poor. They are sharing it with us so that we don’t have to make the mistakes that they did and help one another end water poverty. Keep it light, Make it Portable Firstly, a rural...

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Finalists announced for AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award
14 June 2018

Finalists announced for AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award 2018! The award celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors in Asia over the...

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Rapid Rohingya response: Our emergency response approach
13 June 2018

Rapid Rohingya response: Our emergency response approach

by Martina Aureli, Sales & Business Development Manager – Asia & Oceania at NRS International “We work hand in hand with humanitarian aid agencies to ensure a successful and fast supply of high quality shelters and life-saving core relief items.” Natural disasters and health epidemics are unpredictable. When disaster strikes,...

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We help you save more lives, by saving costs
12 June 2018

We help you save more lives, by saving costs

Do you know the Total Cost of Ownership of your Cold Chain equipment? Do you know that a new cold chain equipment is half as expensive as vaccines wasted in one single breakdown. The value of vaccines stored in the lifetime of a fridge can be more than 30 times...

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Monsoon rains hit Cox’s Bazar
12 June 2018

Monsoon rains hit Cox’s Bazar

Heavy rains hit Cox’s Bazar on Saturday 9th June and have continued to cause severe disruption to the Rohingya refugee camps in the area. The camp is home to approximately 1 million people, 31,000 of which are living in areas that are considered at high risk of deadly flooding and...

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Fears that IOM’s health services in Cox’s Bazar could be cut due to funding shortfalls
06 June 2018

Fears that IOM’s health services in Cox’s Bazar could be cut due to funding shortfalls

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) have carried out over 400,000 medical consultations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since August 2017, the agency has reported. However, concerns are growing that a funding shortfall will cut services just as monsoon season strikes. IOM is one of the largest medical providers in the refugee...

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India approves world’s largest solar farm
06 June 2018

India approves world’s largest solar farm

The Indian Government has given planning permission to a huge new solar projectwhich is set to become one of the largest in the world. The approval for a 5,000 megawatt (MW) solar farm in the state of Gujarat was announced earlier this month by the Ministry of New & Renewable...

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