Urban administration and development

WB offers aid for higher education, urban development in Vietnam

On June 30, the World Bank’s (WB) board of executive directors approved the financing of two projects —to help build a climate-resilient city in the Mekong Delta and improve the quality of Vietnam’s three national universities—at US$422 million. The Vietnam University Development Project, financed through credit ...

Gia Phong

NGO Report Shows Little Improvement in Handling of Land Evictions

Urban land rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut released a research document on Monday showing a slowdown in land evictions in the capital, but said there was little evidence the process was improving or following human rights standards. The document, released by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) and titled ...

Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

Opinion: 'Thais-only' policy is racism, pure and simple

‘This cannot be serious” was my initial reaction to news reports saying the Transport Company is imposing a ban on foreign travellers as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19. Or it might be fake news? In fact, such news reports are strange enough to ...

PLOENPOTE ATTHAKOR

Insight: COVID-19 response ignores social context at our peril

While frantically reading news about COVID-19, I wonder why the voices of social scientists and even public health specialists seem so subdued. Clearly, they have a contribution to make in the fight against the coronavirus based on their disciplinary core principles and what has been ...

Associate Professor Rosalia Sciortino

Covid-19 Curfew Arrests of Thailand’s Homeless

How can people “stay at home” if they are homeless? Police arrested Tui, a homeless man in the city of Chiang Mai, on April 5 for violating the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew the Thai government imposed as an emergency measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. After police ...

Sunai Phasuk

Thammasat University to collaborate on new 'smart city'

Universities and their buildings and infrastructure are more than just the physical space where students and their professors meet for lectures. These learning institutions improve and rejuvenate the areas they are situated in, and become inexorably linked to the communities which they serve. One recent example is ...

SUPOJ WANCHAROEN

Myanmar to Upgrade Urban Infrastructure in State Capitals, Border Town

The Myanmar government is planning to upgrade basic infrastructure and enhance urban management of three major cities in Mon and Karen states that lie along Japan’s planned East-West Economic Corridor for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Minister of Construction U Han Zaw said Monday that his ...

Nan Lwin

Looking for a fix for Asia's traffic woes

With no single cause, and no magic solution, the congestion of Asia’s cities requires government resolve and know-how to fix. Urban congestion, more commonly known as traffic, is probably the most painful daily experience for people living in modern cities. It costs our time, ruins our ...

Yi Jiang

Sustainable development discussed at urban forum

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, in cooperation with UN Cambodia, held the Cambodia Urban Forum for the first time on Wednesday to identify priorities towards smart, sustainable and inclusive urban development in Cambodia. The forum’s information report said the event covered discussions ...

Voun Dara

87th joint patrol on Mekong River begins

The 87th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started on Tuesday from Jingha Port in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The patrol, expected to last four days and three nights, will involve joint inspections and an anti-drug publicity campaign. The four countries ...

Li Xia

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