Aid and development

Development policy and administration

The Hidden Environmental Toll of Mining the World’s Sand

By far the largest mining endeavor globally is digging up sand, mainly for the concrete that goes into buildings. But this little-noticed and largely unregulated activity has serious costs — damaging rivers, wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems, and even wiping away entire islands. In Cambodia, researching ...

Brexit could put 1.7 million people around globe into extreme poverty

It’s a long way from Whitehall and Brussels, but a study has found that the developing country that will be hardest hit by Brexit is the south-east Asian nation of Cambodia. With the deadline to reach a Brexit agreement looming in March, much attention has been given to ...

Mekong-Korea cooperation spearheads sustainable development

Ahead of the inaugural Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit and ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit next year, the two sides can benefit together by tackling the development challenges of the future, according to a group of experts at the sixth Mekong-ROK Business Forum on Dec. 13 in Seoul.  “Korea ...

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation could play bigger role in regional river protection, development

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) could play a bigger role in the protection and development of the Lancang-Mekong river, Cambodian experts and officials said in recent interviews with Xinhua. Te Navuth, secretary general of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee (CNMC), said that for Cambodia, the main concerns over ...

Dams and sand mining threaten integrity of lower Mekong

At more than 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles), the Mekong is Southeast Asia’s longest river. It runs through six countries, providing food and income for more than 70 million people. But the integrity of the river, and therefore of the livelihood of the people who depend on ...

The other side of the Mekong development debate

China’s Mekong development plan has stirred debate as potentially becoming an environmental and social peril for downstream Mekong countries. The country’s navigation channel improvement plan has recently attracted attention from environmentalists, activists, and the media alike.The pace has picked up since the middle of this ...

Phan Tuan Phan (CEO, MRC)

World Bank Appoints New Director for Region

The World Bank has appointed a new director for Cambodia, Burma and Laos, it said in a media statement on Tuesday. Ellen Goldstein, a 30-year veteran at the bank and previously the director for the West Balkans and earlier for Bangladesh and Nepal, will be ...

Lao Statistics looks to attain international standards by 2020

The Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has informed that it has now successfully created a strategic development plan of sustainable national statistics for 2016-25 and its vision for 2030. This will be a further step to integrate with ...

Help clear mines, Canada urged

Cambodia has asked Canada to consider resuming aid for demining. Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn made the request when he met Canadian ambassador Donica Pottie, who is based in Bangkok, at the Foreign Ministry on February 16. Canada’s development aid for Cambodia, including assistance on demining, ended ...

Cambodia seeks demining aid

Cambodia has asked Belgium to help it get rid of wartime mines and unexploded ordnance, still a cause of injuries and deaths. Ouch Borith, a secretary of state at the Foreign Ministry, spoke of the request after Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn met Belgian Ambassador to ...

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