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  • Asia Dialogue - Looking for the Weakest Link in Kathmandu

    Looking for the Weakest Link in Kathmandu

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    Laxman looks at a building in Kathmandu, Nepal, he isn’t concerned with the aesthetic proportions or the comfort it provides to its inhabitants; he is looking for weakness. He examines the walls to assess the quality of concrete or brickwork. He measures up load-bearing beams and columns to gauge their strength. He searches for cracks, patches of damp, or signs of subsidence. Ultimately, he is looking to see if the building will withstand a major earthquake. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Governing the shadow city: The case of Narayanganj, Bangladesh

    Governing the shadow city: The case of Narayanganj, Bangladesh

    Mukta Naik

    Twelve out of the word’s 21 megacities are in Asia, and the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka is perhaps the fastest growing of them all. As per Demographia, Dhaka’s density is the highest in the world at 44,000 persons per square kilometer. The Economist Intelligence Unit touts it as the 3rd least liveable city on earth. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    Asia Development Dialogue Team

    The development landscape in Asia is changing. As more countries reach middle-income levels, new challenges emerge while old ones evolve, all of which demands increasingly innovative perspectives. The region is experiencing rapid urbanization, ageing populations, increasingly mobile and connected peoples, increased cultural and ethnic diversity, greater vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks, more devastating natural disasters, chronic poverty with widening disparities, a rising middle class and other political transformations that might open the doors for more active citizens, and robust economic growth, which means richer but not necessarily more effective governments. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms

    Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms

    Nicolas Picard

    This year’s new Doing Business Report, the World Bank’s annual ranking of economies in 10 business regulatory areas, has garnered plenty of headlines in the media. Chief among these in Asia is the Philippines’ significant drop in ranking, despite the global business community celebrating the country’s strongeconomic performance in recent years, and gains in other indices such as the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. The drop is explained in part by the nature of the Doing Business publication, as well as by recent changes in the calculation of country scores by the World Bank. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Why secondary cities are well-placed to achieve disaster and climate change resilience

    Why secondary cities are well-placed to achieve disaster and climate change resilience

    Rowan Fraser

    Here are two important statistics from the UN:

    • Firstly, that 60 per cent of the urban area of 2030 has yet to be built;
    • Secondly, that in Asia, the majority of urban growth over the upcoming decades will take place in small and medium sized cities

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  • Asia Dialogue - First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    Mukta Naik

    In the Indian city of Indore, located 570 kms from Mumbai, Mohan spends his day attending classes at an engineering college and his evenings with his friends. His father owns a small business and he is the first in his family to go to college. His family expects him to get a well-paid job when he graduates. Mohan, aware of how tough the job market is, resents his family’s unreasonable expectations and is desperately seeking a sense of direction. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Secondary cities across Asia are neglecting their online presence

    Secondary cities across Asia are neglecting their online presence

    Rowan Fraser

    Google often receives take-down requests from local governments scattered across the world. A take-down request is a request from an organization or individual for Google to remove content from the internet (or just the link to the content) which the organization or individual believes to be wrong or damaging in some way. Google rarely complies. But this points to three things:

    1. that local governments recognize the need to manage how the public views them;

    2. that local governments see the internet as contributing to their public image;

    3. that local governments seek to manipulate their online images. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - The Grosvenor ranking of urban resilience

    The Grosvenor ranking of urban resilience

    Rowan Fraser

    Finally!  I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while now and I must say its good to see it’s been done: a global ranking of the resilience of cities.

    There are indices quantifying and ranking cities for numerous other things: quality of life, attractiveness to tourists, air quality, sustainability and economic strength, to name but a few.   But until mid-April there was no ranking of urban resilience, despite mounting attention to the issue and increasingly vocal calls to tackle urban vulnerability.

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