A Determined Path To SDGs Despite The Pandemic

As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear – a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

28 September 2020

Philippines’ Latest Response To The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has to a considerable degree exposed the Philippines to several vulnerabilities, which include the knock-on effect of the pandemic on the country’s economy, weakness of the country’s existing health care system and infrastructures, and threats to food security because of the fragile agriculture and food systems of the country.

27 September 2020

Yangon Under Strain As Myanmar Virus Cases Surge

Myanmar's biggest city Yangon has rapidly built new quarantine centres as it scrambles to contain the commercial hub's first significant coronavirus outbreak, with overworked medical staff fearing thousands more cases to come.The Southeast Asian nation has one of the world's most impoverished healthcare systems, but had until recently remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic.Last month there were fewer than 400 total confirmed cases nationwide and just six deaths from the

27 September 2020

Indonesians Hunt For Gold In Desperate Times

With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.Spooked by the economic destruction wrought by the pandemic, consumers and investors around the world have been snapping up gold, which is seen as a hedge against volatility, sending its price to a record above US$2,000 an ounce last month.The surge in demand has fuelled a boom in min

24 September 2020

Improving ASEAN COVID-19 Management

COVID-19 has brought the worst economic impacts in the modern era, hitting the world from both, demand and supply sides simultaneously. By 18 September 2020, COVID-19 has infected more than 543,180 people in ASEAN which consists of the 10 member countries that are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.

22 September 2020

Virus Restrictions Threaten Asia Economic Recovery

Coronavirus-ravaged economies across the Asia Pacific will make a "swoosh-shaped" recovery next year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecast Tuesday, but it warned that further restrictions to combat the contagion could derail the region's return to growth.Developing Asia - stretching from the Cook Islands in the Pacific to Kazakhstan in Central Asia - is expected to contract in 2020 for the first time in nearly six decades, throwing tens of millions of people into poverty,

16 September 2020

Cambodia’s Wage Earners Hit-Hard By Virus

Nine months have passed since the COVID-19 virus first emerged in Wuhan, China – and the world is still in the midst of containing the deadly outbreak. Over 28 million people across the globe have contracted the disease and more than 900,000 – inching towards a million have perished due to the deadly coronavirus.  The pandemic is not just threatening lives but has also severely affected businesses, local industries and the economy in general.

11 September 2020

The New Post-Pandemic Poor

After decades of impressive growth, for the first time, Southeast Asia is experiencing a drop in measured human development. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely take months to reveal itself and years to put right. Yet, a legacy of mobilising under constraints is leading Southeast Asia’s pandemic response.During the first two months of COVID-19 lockdown, the once bustling streets of Bangkok were unusually quiet.

5 September 2020

World Virus Deaths Top 800,000

The global death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 800,000, according to an AFP count on Saturday, with numerous countries ramping up restrictions in an effort to battle an eruption of new cases.Western Europe, particularly Spain, Italy, Germany and France, has been enduring infection levels not seen in many months, sparking fears of a full-fledged second wave.And in Asia, South Korea, which had largely brought the virus under control, became the latest country to announce it would

23 August 2020

Extreme Poverty Could Surge By 100 Million

The coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty, World Bank President David Malpass warned Thursday.The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and he said "that number could go higher" if the pandemic worsens or drags on.The situation makes it "imperative" that creditors

21 August 2020

Philippine 'Jeepney' Drivers Hit By Virus

Forced off the road by coronavirus lockdowns, Philippine "jeepney" driver Daniel Flores now plies the streets of Manila on foot begging for money to feed his hungry family.The 23-year-old has not picked up a passenger since March when public transport was halted and people ordered to stay home as President Rodrigo Duterte's government tried to slow the fast-spreading contagion.Jeepneys - first made from leftover US jeeps after World War II - are a national symbol in the Philipp

17 August 2020