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Migrants cross the globe and traverse countries in search of employment or micro-business opportunities; in 2010, the estimated number of international migrants worldwide was 213 million, of whom 28% were located in Asia. The estimated numbers for internal migrants are even greater at 740 million worldwide in 2009. It is known that remittances sent home by international migrants are a bigger source of foreign income than Overseas Development Assistance, constituting US$325 billion in 2010 versus US$127 billion recorded for Overseas Development Assistance.1 Movement of people towards and within ASEAN is significant: there were an estimated 6.7 million international migrants in this region in 2010, not to mention millions of internal migrants, who provide much needed remittance income for families in source countries where employment opportunities are limited or lesser remunerated.
UNICEF in Cambodia: zeroing in on maternal and child health and why you need more knowledge workers in development
UNICEF are a surprisingly big player in the ODA scene in Cambodia, contributing about 2% of Cambodia’s overall stock of development assistance, (roughly US$20 million) each year. That and other nuggets of info were on offer from strait talking Richard Bridle, UNICEF’s representative in Cambodia, last week. Richard was passing through to tell LKY students about the challenges that UNICEF faces and the conundrums of “doing development” in general. In sum, be prepared to always be called out for something you’re not doing and justify why you spend what you do on staff salaries.
What’s the basic picture of maternal and child health? The great and the grim:
- Correction to health data map, ATM Bulletin 12: Cambodia IS likely to achieve MDG 5 targets by 2015: I was thrilled to hear that Cambodia has achieved an MMR reduction of 206 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the latest DHS data [i] (released to UNICEF last week, publicly available to the rest of us later this year but check out the DHS preliminary report here). Leaps and bounds closer to the 173 target for 2015.
Our second numbers issue, with the theme of “rising Asia, growing inequalities” will be out soon. Here’s another glimpse of the themes and the data we’ll be presenting.
Edit: added country names and sources to the infographic. Thanks for the reminders!
In January 2005, Chevron announced successful oil discoveries in 4 of 5 test wells 145km off the coast of Sihanoukville. Production is not expected until 2011, at the earliest, but speculation and concern over who would benefit from the newfound wealth already began years ago. In this country of 14.5 million where 68% live on less than US$2 (PPP) a day and more than 80% of all households lack access to electricity, oil and gas revenues used wisely could be the solution to poverty alleviation. Mismanagement, on the other hand, could steer the country towards the ‘resource curse’ which often occurs with the introduction of extractive industries like oil, gas, diamonds, and gold.