The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?

Nguyen Thi Bien cannot speak Vietnamese properly since she was trafficked to China 28 years ago and virtually lost her mother tongue. She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside ...

Cambodia's China-built runway irks US but locals have other concerns

The rural southwestern province of Koh Kong, previously off the international community’s radar screen, has drawn the global spotlight. That’s because a massive runway stretching approximately 3,200 meters appeared suddenly at a resort being developed by a Chinese company in this otherwise out-of-the-way province, about a ...

Major new project to use nature-based solutions to help Laos adapt to climate change

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a major funder of climate projects, has approved a US$10 million project that’s expected to benefit 10 per cent of Laos’ population. The project is using nature-based solutions in four cities to build resilience towards ever-increasing floods ...

Seoul can help to regulate Mekong's flow

In 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the “New Southern Policy”, which is aimed at deepening relations with Southeast Asia to the extent that four other major powers — the United States, China, Japan and Russia — have done. In his tenure, he has visited ...

Govt to launch second stage of electrification plan

The government will light another 4000 villages across the country in the second phase of its electrification plan, said U Thura Aung Ko, chief engineer and project manager of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy. He added the agency has begun inviting tenders to supply equipment for ...

Cabinet to adopt development guideline for Dawei SEZ link

The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) will ask the cabinet to adopt its guidelines on infrastructure development on Tuesday, as the government seeks to start working on the long-awaited link that will connect the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar with Eastern Economic ...

The Small Grant for Training Course/ Field Trip on Mekong Youth and Agro-Ecology

Mekong Youth Farm Network (Y-Farm) has been developed by enthusiastic youth from countries in the Mekong Region. Y-Farm focuses on five main fields/issues that relate to youth development and sustainable agriculture in the region including (i) training courses and farm improvement; (ii) youth exchange on farming ...

2019 Science Week: Resetting research priorities for healthy and sustainable food systems

The current food system is responsible for producing one-fifth of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, losing approximately one-third of edible food in production, inabilities access to healthy and fresh food sources and are causing one-third of the world’s land degradation. Furthermore, an estimate of two billion ...

Job Opportunity - Open Development Vietnam Coordinator

The Open Development Initiative (ODI) is an open data and information network developed by East-West Management Institute, Inc. (EWMI) that sheds light on development trends in the Mekong Region. ODI’s objective is to increase public awareness, enable individual analysis, improve information sharing, and inform rigorous ...

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