Brendan Brady reports on politics, human rights, business, religion, culture and environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific. He works in print, video, photography and radio.
Posts tagged "Development"
Factory Disasters: What Cambodia Can Teach Bangladesh

Factory Disasters: What Cambodia Can Teach Bangladesh

Cambodia’s garment industry has long been watched over by an International Labor Organization (ILO) workplace-monitoring program, and there are talks about its introduction into Bangladesh. There are questions, however, about whether it has been a model program and the form it should take if adopted by Bangladesh to improve the country’s woefully unsafe factories.
East Timor: Observers Divided Over Oil Fund Investment

East Timor: Observers Divided Over Oil Fund Investment

A new bill allowing more diversified investments by Timor-Leste's multi-billion dollar oil and natural gas sovereign fund, which underwrites the lion's share of the country's expenditure, has divided opinion, with some saying the step is necessary to maintain current levels of development spending and others calling the move risky.
East Timor: Regulating Land Ownership "Key to Stability"

East Timor: Regulating Land Ownership “Key to Stability”

From 1975 to 1999, Timor-Leste was ruled by the Indonesian army, which frequently confiscated land and forcibly relocated communities to break up resistance networks. When Timor-Leste achieved independence in 1999, most of the land was occupied without official title deeds.
East Timor: Communities Left in Dark Over Controversial Power Plant

East Timor: Communities Left in Dark Over Controversial Power Plant

A cornerstone of the government's development plan is a promise to electrify every home in Timor-Leste within just a few years. But communities living in the shadow of the power plant supposed to jumpstart this transformation know little or nothing about its impact.
In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

The Nam Theun 2 dam has gotten high marks for how its social and environmental impact was managed. The story of the Xayaburi dam, however, appears to be following a different course – one that critics say could accelerate the deterioration of one of the world’s most productive rivers.
In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

The Nam Theun 2 dam has gotten high marks for how its social and environmental impact was managed. The story of the Xayaburi dam, however, appears to be following a different course – one that critics say could accelerate the deterioration of one of the world’s most productive rivers.
Laos' Mekong Makeover

Laos’ Mekong Makeover

Laos is among the poorest and least developed countries in Asia, and its communist government contends that hydropower, along with revenues generated from exporting it, can underwrite much of the country's progress. However, environmentalists warn that Laos' nine proposed mainstream dams could be environmentally devastating.
East Timor: Women Slow to Adopt Safer Birth Practices

East Timor: Women Slow to Adopt Safer Birth Practices

Babies are plentiful in Timor Leste - almost seven per woman on average - and so too are health problems in a country where chronic malnutrition is rampant and access to effective healthcare remains a luxury.
A Deadly Serious Game

A Deadly Serious Game

The video game Undercover UXO is a new tool aimed at educating young Cambodians about the dangers of land mines and other explosives across the war-pocked Southeast Asian country.
Nepal: Political Stalemate Threatens Foreign Aid

Nepal: Political Stalemate Threatens Foreign Aid

As the deadlock has taken its toll on the country, it has also worn away the patience of foreign donors, who continue to warn that their ability to deliver aid could soon be curtailed if the leadership vacuum continues.