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Developing Ties That Bind in Asia

Sir John Holmes | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

It is hard to think of two countries that have more in common than Australia and Britain. We share a language and a rich history - and, in the main, a sense of humour. We are both maritime trading nations. Australia inherited many fine British institutions including parliamentary democracy and the common law...

Post-2015: Development Goals are a Political Act

Alastair Roderick | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

We can't escape the fact that throughout history countries are most carbon-intense and least sustainable on their way to becoming rich; not when they get there. So if the message to developing countries is that they are not allowed to develop in the same way as rich countries developed... are we sure that they will sign up to this?

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?

5 Reasons to Visit Calcutta, India

Zahra Razavi | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

With so many people telling me not to miss out on so many different Indian locations, my head was spinning with possibilities - but two weeks spent in Calcutta turned out to be two weeks well-spent indeed. Here's my breakdown of what makes the city so special...

Why Investing in Malaria Control Matters for the Muslim World

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

The small bite of an infected mosquito caused an estimated 207 million cases of malaria in largely developing countries around the world each year. Almost half of these cases occur in predominantly Muslim countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)...

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

From Crimean Crisis to Geopolitical Fires in Asia?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Weakening growth in China and other emerging economies and geopolitical tensions are the biggest risks to financial markets. Those two are dangerously interconnected right now.

How Your Clothes Can Restore Sight in Ethiopia

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall

Around the world 100million older people have to live on less than 60p a day. Many of them support and care for their grandchildren. The grandparents often go hungry so that the children can eat. Many are also having to cope with the challenges of getting older, including managing difficult health conditions.

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

Asia-Pacific Is Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

Adam Matthews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...

China's Ambassador To Britain Says Japan Is Like Lord Voldemort

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In a bizarre diplomatic move, China's ambassador to Britain has likened Japan to the Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort. The invocation is the latest...

Island Hopping: Mini Guide to Thailand's Islands

Frontier | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Wherever you look Thailand is bathed in stunning panoramic views. Wherever you go there are palm trees, sand and beautiful clear blue waters. Here is a list of Thailand's best sun-drenched islands that you can hop on and off as you please.

Why It's Time to Visit the Philippines

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

When we drank our first San Miguel Light on Siargao Island to toast our small victory against the travel overlords, the sense of relief among our group was muted. We'd just reached the Philippines for a two-week beach, spa and city break, just a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the centre of the country, 70 kilometres north of our first stop.

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Trust and Philanthropy

Carlos Miranda | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Earlier this month, the Stars Foundation - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, GlobalGiving UK, the Pea...

'Green Growth' Is Key, New Development Paradigm for Developing Countries

Julian Hunt | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Julian Hunt

Following a recent meeting between Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, the ADB has pledged its support for green and inclusive growth in China with a major new investment...

Walking to Promote Global Development and Girls' Education From India to Indonesia

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

A little over a year ago I highlighted the work of PAWA, the Pan Asian Women's Association, which focuses on global development and girls' and women's empowerment across multiple territories. By raising and carefully apportioning funds for credible, manageable-scale local charities, PAWA's work covers 30 countries from Iran to Japan, Indonesia to Kazakhstan.

Volunteer Stories: Beach Conservation in Cambodia

Frontier | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

The best part of my time on the project was definitely teaching the children. It was really rewarding, really good fun and I got to get to know the children and likewise learn more about their language.

Bollywood Star to Dharavi Slum: Things to Do in Mumbai

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Walking around the touristy area of Colaba seemed like luxury compared to the rest of India. It was not until we left Colaba when we realized what life in Mumbai was really like.

Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

Mike Baker | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable. Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one death every 10 minutes and where tragically children under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk of dying.

A Story From Vietnam That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

Matt Crook | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Crook

Mai never received formal education. Now she's a qualified graphic designer with a job. But that's only half the story.

Myths Are Obscuring the Truth About the Indian Economy

Tanjil Rashid | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tanjil Rashid

India now sits on the brink of a currency crisis. In a rupee avalanche of Himalayan proportions, India's currency has depreciated 14% since the beginning of the year, hitting an all-time low in August of 68 to the dollar. Despite the rejuvenatory efforts of India's new "rockstar" central banker Raghuram Rajan, the rupee's value remains below 60 to the dollar...

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

Asia Is Still Worth the Hype - and Lessons Sub-Saharan Africa Can Learn From It

Barbara Njau | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Barbara Njau

Similar scenes like this will likely be replicated at WEF's Forum in China this week, where local and foreign government leaders and multinational executives have descended upon Dalian, in northeastern China, to attend what has been dubbed as the "Summer Davos".

We Can Prevent Violence Against Women, but We Need to Talk to the Men Too

Emma Fulu | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Emma Fulu

Violence against women often appears to be so pervasive and complex that it seems insurmountable. But it is preventable. For the first time, a new UN study on men and violence includes data from men themselves, across a number of countries, that tells us why some men use violence against women and how this can be prevented... We must address power imbalances between men and women and promote ways of being a man that value respect, non-violence and equality. This is possible.