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Bulletin 23: A storm is brewing… Is Asia ready?

By Johannes Loh, on March 4th, 2014

Southeast Asia is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, it is located at the edge of a massive landmass in between large oceans; and over 50% of the population still depends on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture. The effects are already being felt; typhoons in the Philippines are now four times more frequent, sea levels are rising and floods are one of the top concerns for cities in the region.

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How is a region that is undergoing rapid urbanization while being home to 60% of the world’s indigenous people adapting to climate change? Successful adaptation strategies have a multidimensional approach: institutions, infrastructure and community should all be considered for building true resilience.

Nonetheless, a multidimensional strategy requires significant resources and coordination; as it is shown in this bulletin, such strategies are still not the norm.
 

 
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What’s inside Bulletin #23?

  • Overview of Climate Change in Southeast Asia
  • Fighting against the forces of nature?
  • The Storm is coming: Adaptation Trends in Southeast Asia
  • Adapt or Drown!
  • Navigating the urban hierarchy

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Bulletin 14: Low-income migration: when the marginalised move across borders

By chris, on January 6th, 2012
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For the poor in Southeast Asia migration is a survival strategy

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.

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UNICEF in Cambodia: zeroing in on maternal and child health and why you need more knowledge workers in development

By Nicola Pocock, on October 17th, 2011

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.

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CLMV and ASEAN

By Taufik Indrakesuma, on August 23rd, 2011

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!

 

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Chinese trade might work as aid if coupled with responsibility

By Elin, on September 22nd, 2010

Prior to the opening of the UNs’ Summit on the Millennium Development Goals Mr Yi Xiaozhun, China’s deputy minister of commerce said that encouraging Chinese firms to invest abroad was China’s preferred way of poverty reduction rather than aid[1]. On January 1 2010, the Chian – ASEAN Free Trade Agreement came in to force. This opening of Chinese markets to imports from developing countries is part of the Chinese strategy where trade rather than aid is to stimulate growth in its developing neighbors. During the first seven months of this year Chinas trade deficit with the ASEAN rose to 7.5 billion USD compared to 400 million USD for the same period in 2009[2]. The ASEAN-members fairly quick recovery from the economic downturn has made them attractive for large and fast amounts of capital inflows. However, these large inflows also risks creating volatility and putting upward pressure on inflation. The ambition for Chinas trade and investment policies has been questioned. Critiques says that Chinas’ investment strategies has little to do with helping developing countries but rather aims to stimulate the Chinese economy, securing raw material and markets for Chinese manufactured goods[3].

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Avoiding the resource curse: offshore oil in Cambodia

By chris, on April 14th, 2010
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145 kilometres off this coast lies vast reserves of hope and salvation, if used wisely.

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.

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