USAID Regional Mission for Asia Director Michael Yates addresses the Asia launch of the Global Resilience Partnership.
August 19, 2014

Recurrent crises affect countries around the world, and last year alone more than 20,000 people. Today we are focusing on Asia, and I will briefly provide some relevant data points to help set the stage for our discussion.

First, in Bangladesh, rising sea levels threaten to drown one-fifth of the country’s landmass, where 18 million people now reside. In Nepal, over 2 million live on potentially hazardous fault lines, where earthquakes could cause severe damage.

According to the World Bank, $1 out of $3 dollars in development funding is lost as a result of recurrent crises, totaling $3.8 trillion over the last 30 years.

In fact, the number of weather-related disasters has tripled during that same period of time, as has the costs of dealing with them - to $200 billion each year.

The year 2013 was the year with the most disasters, but we know that with increasing population growth, and the increasing impacts of climate change, more and more people will be put in harm's way - in the region’s rapidly growing cities, and especially in low-lying coastal areas.

USAID and Rockefeller Foundation Announce $100 Million Global Resilience Partnership in Asia and Africa
August 19, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership that lays out a bold new vision for building resilience to disasters, food insecurity, the effects of climate change and other factors contributing to poverty in communities across Asia and Africa.


USAID, WaterLinks and private sector representatives sign agreement for more accessible water.
August 13, 2014

A new agreement signed this week at a gathering of public and private sector water experts will make it easier to expand partnerships for better water and wastewater management, benefiting tens of thousands of citizens in cities throughout Asia and the Pacific. Signed at the WaterLinks Forum by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), WaterLinks, and the WaterLinks Alliance, including Miya Philippines, Inc. (Miya), Borouge Pte Ltd (Borouge), and the Indonesia Water Supply Association (PERPAMSI), the memorandum of understanding (MOU) sets out conditions to help improve urban water supply and sanitation services of at least 220,000 people in the region.

August 13, 2014

While important progress has been made in recent years, being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in China remains difficult. The first national report on LGBT issues in China commends positive steps such as the abolishment of laws used to intimidate LGBT people and the fact that homosexuality has been taken off the list of mental diseases. The report also highlights a positive growth in LGBT civil society, changing societal attitudes and a growing interest from academic institutions on LGBT-related research and policy discussions. 

August 13, 2014
This report documents the presentations and discussions from the China National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Dialogue (August 16-18, 2013, Beijing), the Asia-China Transgender Community 
Roundtable (November 11, 2013, Beijing), as well as additional desk research.
August 11, 2014

This handbook is intended as a practical and actionable guide to help USAID staff consider the challenges that can impede the realization of a more sustainable and equitable future powered by mobile technology and other digital solutions, and to think critically about when and how to deploy mobile solutions. Note: This file may not display correctly if opened in the Preview application on Apple products.  Please open the file using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.


Last updated: August 19, 2014

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