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  • Asia Dialogue - The Risky Business of Betting on Vegetables

    The Risky Business of Betting on Vegetables

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    Behind the Lagankhel bus station two rows of vegetable stalls are lined up just inches away from a never-ending queue of vans. Here, amid the relentless noise and chaos of the bus station, Samjhana, 23, and her husband Bashu, 29, have set up their first vegetable stall. Their single table is laden with a plentiful array of over-sized bitter gourds, glossy green capsicums, okra, and chilies as thick as a child’s finger. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Putting People Back Together Again

    Putting People Back Together Again

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    Dr. Rohendra is excited about his brand new orthopedic wing. “The orthopedic department will have its own dedicated operating theatre,” he says with relief. “Until now, we have been sharing the hospital’s main operating theatre and have had to schedule all our surgeries on a single day each week.” 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 - The Many Hazards of Driving a Rickshaw in Nepal

    The Many Hazards of Driving a Rickshaw in Nepal

    Sarah Rooney and Nayan Pokhrel (Fixer)

    “When I saw other women driving tempos I thought to myself, surely I can do this too,” says Shanti, a 25-year-old Nepali tempo driver [tuk-tuks are more commonly referred to as “tempos” in Nepal]. “Truth is, it was pretty difficult to begin with. I had an accident on my first day and injured a pedestrian. Because I didn’t want my boss to know about it, I settled the damages myself. But I stuck with it, and actually became a pretty good driver…” READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Stuck in the middle, going whither? The predicament of small cities in Pakistan’s Punjab

    Stuck in the middle, going whither? The predicament of small cities in Pakistan’s Punjab

    Mukta Naik

    Discussions about the politico-economic geographies of South Asian nations invariably hinge around the urban and the rural. On one side, we envisage the metro, that large city that is the playground of deep divides, that space that the super rich and the slum-dweller cohabit. On the other is the village, that quaint repository of the old way of life, where the majority still lives and draws its identity from. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Why ASEAN needs an urban agenda

    Why ASEAN needs an urban agenda

    Rowan Fraser

    In 2015, ASEAN will launch the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  The AEC, according  to ASEAN has four main objectives, namely to create a:

    • single market and production base
    • highly competitive economic region
    • region of equitable economic development
    • region fully integrated into the global economy

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  • Asia Dialogue - How to make a living two baht at a time

    How to make a living two baht at a time

    Sarah Rooney

    As early as 3 a.m. every weekday morning, people begin queuing to buy bah-tong-koh at Yai Nawm’s street-side stall. The secret to making the kind of bah-tong-koh that customers keep coming back for is all in the frying, explains the 54-year-old street vendor; the deep-fried dough sticks should be crunchy on the outside while still fluffy and cloud-like on the inside. And, as her most satisfied customers can attest to, they are best eaten still warm from the wok. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - The Low-Cost Flight Effect On Thailand’s Southern Cities

    The Low-Cost Flight Effect On Thailand’s Southern Cities

    Rowan Fraser

    Every year since 2010, MasterCard issues a report ranking the number of international visitors arriving to the globe’s ‘top destination cities’.  In 2013, for the first time, Bangkok was number one on that list.  With Bangkok scratching out Paris, New York and London from the number one spots, Asia effectively nominates it’s top city for travellers.  This is the first time that an Asian city has taken this position, but as a number of other reports measuring other indicators show, Asian cities are climbing quickly. READ MORE

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