Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quickening e-Governance in Myanmar

E-governance is a potent enabler of effective, transparent, and accountable institutions and also raises the level of participation available to citizens in the governance process—all essential if Myanmar is to assure a prosperous future.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Knowledge Database Helps Policy Makers Identify and Assess Toxic Waste Hot Spots

Toxic pollution affects the health of millions of people in developing countries. In 2009, ADB joined the Global Inventory Project to build a database that catalogs, assesses, prioritizes, and estimates costs for remediation of critical toxic sites. The database now provides policymakers better information and possible cleanup solutions.

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Partnership Increases Productivity and Profits in the Lao PDR

In Lao PDR, farmers banded together into production groups rallying around specific homegrown products. Through the support of ADB, the government, and private sector, their productivity improved and their incomes grew, encouraging more groups in the country to replicate their success.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Developing e-Health Capabilities in Bhutan

The improved e-Health service in Bhutan’s remote Bumthang District successfully uses television white space, which allows internet connection to penetrate difficult terrain and thick foliage. Through this technology, rural health patients in Bumthang can now avail of much-needed low cost yet quality health care.

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How Tobacco Taxes Can Expand Fiscal Space and Benefit the Poor

Without intervention, cigarette smoking could kill about 267 million smokers in the People's Republic of China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Raising tobacco taxes in these countries can deter smoking, reduce the number of smoking-related deaths, and generate revenues to help meet healthcare costs for the poor.

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Lanzhou's Bus Rapid Transit System Brings Quick Relief to Busy City

Bus rapid transport system in Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China, brings quick relief to urban commuters, fosters a livelier local economy, and promotes sustainable development.

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Viet Nam's Poor Gains from Participatory Agriculture Research and Extension

An ADB project linking training, research, and extension services encouraged Viet Nam’s poor farmers to tackle agricultural issues. This helped increase value addition, exports, and productivity in the country’s agriculture sector. It has also contributed to a decline in rural poverty and improved natural resource management.

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