Industrial and service sectors in South Asian and African cities have not grown enough to meet the demand, and won't absorb the millions of new job seekers wanting to escape grinding poverty and hunger in their rural homes, says a report.
What are the most innovative ways to provide healthy, safe food and water to poor urban communities without harming the environment? A contest organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hopes to bring out the best ideas.
Alexandra Soezer and Priyantha Wijayatunga –
Beyond its positive impacts to climate and the environment, a transformation to 100 per cent renewable energy will also spur several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), say ADB's Priyantha Wijayatunga and UNDP's Alexandra Soezer.
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
Automation and digital innovation are likely to have a profound impact on jobs in developing countries. Countries should act now to refocus their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable, says IIED director Andrew Norton.