Abby Seiff is a reporter focused on human rights, land issues, and politics. She has been covering Southeast and South Asia since 2009, working previously for Devex and freelancing for Time, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, and others. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in anthropology.
Despite some environmental campaigners’ best efforts, large hydropower projects have remained a cornerstone of development plans in the Mekong region for years. But as new bodies of data emerge on the real costs of major dams, nations are now showing signs of beginning to rethink their options.
Nearly 900 million people still defecate in the open while billions more lack access to safe toilets. In order to end that by 2030, a behavioral shift is needed, argues the founder of Community Led Total Sanitation.
Siv Monirath spent his childhood bouncing around public schools in Phnom Penh and his young adulthood working with Teach for America. Now he's hoping his newly launched Teach for Cambodia can help transform public education with an unusual NGO model that could well offer insight to others.
As the nation's largest hydropower dam goes online, promising to reduce Cambodia's energy dependence on its neighbours, residents must make way. Hundreds of indigenous minorities are staging a last stand with the help of local activists.
Political risk insurance and credit enhancement can help bring much-needed private sector investment to the most struggling nations, explains Karin Finkelston, vice president and chief operating officer of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.