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Bindu Lohani, ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, discusses the need for clean energy investments and greater energy efficiency to help Asia meets its rising power needs and fuel economic growth.
In Lao People's Democratic, women and girls are faced with the hardship of collecting water for multiple purposes. They travel far distances and make numerous trips—often across uneven terrains. Ms. Buakham's story is one of many whose life has changed as a result of an ADB-financed water supply system in Sing district. It has helped to ease women's domestic burden and enhance their economic role through local markets and ecotourism opportunities. The system supplies piped water to more than 1,700 homes and businesses since it began operations in 2010.
An ADB-financed water supply and sanitation project in Lao PDR's Houn District in Oudomaxy province is making a big impact in people's lives. The project brings piped water supply to more than 2,200 households and has improved sanitation facilities in nearly 1,900 homes. The poor and vulnerable are also benefiting from clean water supply and improved sanitation. Oudomxay provincial water utility is one of the few companies in Lao PDR to adopt a corporate approach in their operations to ensure reliable and quality water supply services.
An ADB-administered grant puts non-government organization Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, the Boy Scouts and the Department of Education on the path to developing a love of reading in elementary classrooms.