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Bangladesh: Billion Dollar Leather Sector Poised for Growth after Environmental Reform

April 15, 2015

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Bangladesh's highly productive leather sector, under growing international scrutiny for destructive environmental practices, now seems poised for new growth as a major environmental upgrade nears completion. For decades, pollution from Dhaka's tanneries has poured into the Buriganga River, wiping out aquatic life and forcing the city to rely heavily on groundwater for washing and drinking.

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From the World Water Forum: A Look at South Asia's Regional Cooperation on Water

April 15, 2015

Kosi River near Barahkshetra, Nepal. Photo/Abu Bakar Siddique

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A New Way for Waste in Phnom Penh?

April 15, 2015

This February, the Cambodian Council of Ministers announced that they would review and possibly revoke the capital city's contract with solid waste collector CINTRI. CINTRI has held the 49-year monopoly contract since 2003. Like growing cities throughout the developing world, Phnom Penh has struggled for years with dismally inadequate garbage collection.

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Thailand and Taxes

April 15, 2015

Today is tax day in the United States, a date many Americans dread whether they owe Uncle Sam or think they have paid too much already. April 15th always reminds me of the first time I had to pay income tax in Thailand. It was 1979, and I was employed by the Thai government teaching English in Bangkok.

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The Road Ahead for Afghanistan

April 8, 2015

Samanghan Province in Afghanistan. Photo/Gulbuddin Elham

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A Conversation with Singapore Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

April 8, 2015

Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri and Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold. Photo/Whitney Legge

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Notes from the Field

Mongolia Economic Forum: Building Credibility through Provincial Competitiveness Data

April 8, 2015

For years, Mongolia's economy outpaced most of the world, riding a mining boom to double-digit growth that peaked in 2011 at 17.5 percent. But since then, the economic tide has slowly turned, with growth dropping to 12.3 percent in 2012, 11.7 percent in 2013, and 7.8 percent in 2014.

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