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  • 29 Aug 2008

    Models of Efficiency

    With help from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Fiji Islands' main ports in Suva and Lautoka are now models of efficiency. Not only did the project finish on time, within budget, and showcase engineering best practices, it also included a climate change-adaptation component that guards against earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    Lighthouses Boost Fishing as well as Shipping

    A national program to renovate navigational aids is guiding big and small ships through Papua New Guineas largely uncharted and often unsafe waters. In Milne Bay, these beacons are also boosting night fishing, trade, and local shipping. Alotau, Milne Bay - There is a joke among the women of Nuakata Island - one of dozens of islands strewn off Papua New Guineas southeastern province of Milne Bay - that their men are abandoning them at night for modern-day versions of the sirens of Greek mythology.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    Bigger and Better

    The $128 million, state-of-the-art airport is helping unlock the vast economic potentials of Mindanao. Davao City - Being an archipelago, the Philippines relies heavily on air transportation for economic and social connectivity, and Davao's $128-million, state-of-the-art international airport has played a crucial role in bringing more passengers and cargo in and out of the gateway to southern Philippines.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    Caring for the Children of the Poor

    An early childhood development project is making sure that children from poor families grow up bright and healthy. Cebu City - Fifty-three-year-old Saludita Buton, or Lola Salud, has 10 children and 8 grandchildren of her own. But, over the last 5 years, she has spent her days babysitting up to five other toddlers and operating a volunteer day-care center for children of poor working mothers. She does this in a space less than 20 square meters in area adjacent to her home in Barangay Catadman in Catmon, Cebu.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    A Greener Way of Turning Trash Into Treasures

    A new "green" waste collection center is helping improve the working conditions of waste pickers and recyclers in Manila's Smokey Mountain. Manila - Smokey Mountain was once a 2-million-ton garbage heap that, for over 40 years, served as a waste disposal facility for the Philippines' capital city of Manila. It drew a large community of informal settlers who scavenged the garbage for their livelihood.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    Vendors Learn and Earn More Together

    New resource centers provided women vendors with both new sources of income and hope. Davao del Norte - At the market in Panabo City, in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Norte, times used to be hard for vendor Remedios Homesillo. "It was becoming so difficult to sell. We needed a new livelihood," said the mother of nine and grandmother of 20 who, with her husband, sold meat at the market for the best part of 6 decades.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    Using the Sun to Provide Light at Night

    A rehabilitated solar-powered battery system lights up a poor and remote village in Palawan. Palawan - For 2 hours every night, 12-year-old Ian Grace reads and does her homework under a 10-watt lightbulb, while her mother cooks and prepares her lessons for preschool and day care the next day. They have no television or radio, much less a computer. But the faint light from the lamp is enough to keep Ian Grace among the top 10 students in her class.
  • 10 Mar 2008

    Bridge to Prosperity

    The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge - the most expensive and technically one of the most challenging transport infrastructure projects ever accomplished in Bangladesh - is a gateway to economic growth and prosperity for millions. Dhaka - A dream came true for 130 million Bangladeshis when, on 23 June 1998, the Jamuna Bridge was opened to traffic.
  • 10 Mar 2008

    Better Access to Water Improves Women's Lives in Pakistan

    Water and sanitation investment projects are empowering women and creating a significant impact on gender relations in rural Pakistan. Punjab - Bashiran Bibi and other women and girls in the rural heartland of Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab used to spend hours everyday collecting and carrying water on their heads in heavy pots. The water often came from uncovered wells, filthy rivers and streams, and stagnant ponds, putting their and their families' health at risk.
  • 10 Mar 2008

    Local Communities Work to Protect Coastal Resources in Papua New Guinea

    NGOs under a pilot ADB project have mobilized some two-dozen shoreline villages to take charge of protecting their marine resources. By trading short-term pain for long-term gain, these villages are beginning to reverse the tide of overexploitation. Kavieng - Two stretches of water reveal much of the story of Papua New Guinea's declining coastal resources - and the efforts by some communities to reverse the trend.