World Bank provides emergency financing for small businesses

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors last week approved US$40 million in emergency finance support for small and medium-sized businesses in Laos to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank said in a press release. The funding will be channelled ...

Vietnam Plans to Become Solid Middle-Class Nation by 2025

Vietnam’s top leaders have resolved to become at least a middle-income country over the next five years, an about-face from abject poverty in the 1980s, by attracting more foreign investment in manufacturing. The Communist Party’s Central Committee wrapped up a plenary session October 8 held to ...

China Strikes Deal With Fellow Mekong River Countries for Year-Round Data

China last week agreed to share year-round data from the upper Mekong River with downstream countries, where its dams are being blamed for muting the natural rhythms of one of Asia’s great waterways and adding to the pain of recent droughts. For the past 18 years, ...

Cambodia’s future depends on its poor, discriminated, and marginalised people

I believe the future of Cambodia depends on how the country supports its poor, discriminated, and marginalised people. Inequality will always exist, but all countries that neglect their downtrodden will bear the weight of reproach and the constant risk that immense talent, prospects, and capabilities ...

Anti-flood projects should be carried out synchronously: HCMC Party Chief

Mr. Nen made the statement at a yesterday meeting between the delegation of the city Party Committee, the People’s Committee and the Department of Construction.   According to HCMC Party Chief Nguyen Van Nen, city authorities have found the best solutions for anti-flooding program for years and ...

Development project of Mekong Delta interdisciplinary database system approved

Its goal aims to establish and operate interdisciplinary database system for the Mekong Delta on the basis of implementing integrated solutions, connectivity, sharing, linking databases between ministries, central agencies, localities, the Mekong River Commission of Vietnam (MRC), International Mekong River Commission and related agencies and ...

Virtual Conference on Sustainable Development and the Future of the Mekong

The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) is going to organize a virtual conference on “Sustainable Development and the Future of the Mekong” on 26-27 October 2020 via Zoom. For those participants who wish to attend in this virtual event, please complete the reply form ...

Open Development Mekong joined IDRC, OD4D and UNFPA in the 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum

The pre-recorded session for the upcoming 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum on (TA1) Data for Development: towards a more integrated agenda from the global south is now available.   About the session: Data is a crucial resource for the 21st century, for monitoring and achieving the SDGs, ...

The 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum: Virtual Dialogue Series

The 7th APAN Forum will be held virtually on 8-12 March 2021 under the theme: Enabling Resilience for All: The Critical Decade to Scale-up Action, sharing learnings from actions towards climate-resilient development.  Resilience is the unifying theme of the Forum, which is structured around four thematic “streams” focusing on (i) inclusive resilience; (ii) nature-based resilience (iii) economic sector ...

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