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International Organization for Migration, Lao PDR, and US Work to Improve Disaster Preparedness
June 30, 2015

VIENTIANE - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Lao PDR, supported by the US government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Monday to officially commence a project to strengthen the capacity of Lao government officials to be able to manage humanitarian emergencies.

The project will focus on developing a National Disaster Management Training Framework for government officials working in relevant sectors. The project will work not only at central level, but will train officials in all provinces in the complete disaster management cycle from prevention to recovery.

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the project intends to create an online database that will include all current, previous and future disaster trainings. This will make trainings more accessible for government officials from the district to central level in various ministries.

The project also plans to train officials from relevant ministries in a baseline disaster management course in order to ensure comprehensive understanding.

Winners of the 2014 ImagineCup celebrate in Bangkok.
December 2, 2014

The Microsoft Imagine Cup Thailand, the annual student technology competition, today announced a call for applications for the 2015 competition.  Organized by Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Imagine Cup Thailand 2015 will include the global World Citizenship and Games competitions, as well as new challenges specially for students in Thailand: the Windows App Studio Junior Challenge and App for Office 365 Challenge.

November 25, 2014

The Technology Innovations Forum – Creating a More Sustainable and Responsible Seafood Industry in Asia will catalyze conversations and actions addressing barriers and opportunities related to technology adoption to improve the responsibility and sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture operations in Asia. The forum is hosted by the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia, together with the USAID Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade project in Bangkok, Thailand and will be held in conjunction with USAID’s Mobiles for Development Forum Asia 2015. More information on the Mobiles for Development Forum Asia can be found here http://www.usaid.gov/asia-regional/mobiles-development-forum-asia-2015. Dates: January 22-23, 2015//Location: Bangkok, Thailand

November 25, 2014
The Technology Innovations Challenge Award–Creating a More Sustainable and Responsible Seafood Industry in Asia seeks to identify and highlight promising technology solutions that can improve the responsibility and sustainability of wild-caught fisheries and aquaculture operations in Asia. Specifically, the purpose is to recognize Asia-based institutions and their technological innovations with the potential to improve the sustainability and inclusiveness of these industries capture more value in supply chains and improve rural incomes in Asia. On behalf of the USAID Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade project, we invite Asia-based, non-government organizations and businesses to apply for the Challenge Award. 
November 24, 2014

This report reviews the legal and social environment for LGBT1 people and organizations in Nepal alongside the discussions and findings from the Nepal National LGBTI2 Community Dialogue held in Kathmandu in April2014. It provides an overview of LGBT rights as related broadly to human rights conventions and laws, the legal environment and socio-cultural environment, and religion; and more specifically to education, employment, family affairs, health, media, political affairs and the capacity of LGBT organizations. The Dialogue brought together 57 activists from LGBT organizations from diverse backgrounds and subgroups along with representatives from the government, the National Human Rights Commission, UN agencies, the US government, and other development partners. The Dialogue was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Adolescent Development and Participation Section (ADAP).

November 24, 2014

This report reviews the legal and social environment for LGBT1 people and organizations in Nepal alongside the discussions and findings from the Nepal National LGBTI2 Community Dialogue held in Kathmandu in April2014. It provides an overview of LGBT rights as related broadly to human rights conventions and laws, the legal environment and socio-cultural environment, and religion; and more specifically to education, employment, family affairs, health, media, political affairs and the capacity of LGBT organizations. The Dialogue brought together 57 activists from LGBT organizations from diverse backgrounds and subgroups along with representatives from the government, the National Human Rights Commission, UN agencies, the US government, and other development partners. The Dialogue was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Adolescent Development and Participation Section (ADAP).

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