Backed by the support of indigenous communities, a small local electricity cooperative in Philippines' Benguet province is going up against a large energy corporation in a battle for rights to develop a hydro power project in the area.
Two years into the Modi administration's ambitious goal to create 100 smart Indian cities by 2020, the real problems facing people remain: poverty, lack of basic services, and an ever-present risk of being forced to leave one’s home.
Jaana Remes and Homi Kharas –
For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools in the drive to improve administration and services. But while these innovations are making urban environments more livable, they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized groups.
Cities must be liveable, but they must also be affordable. Asian Development Bank urban development specialist Renard Teipelke evaluates how Asia Pacific's cities fare in terms of citizen access to amenities.