Six months after one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded on earth slammed into the Philippines last November, the physical signs of recovery are increasingly visible.
When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people's houses and livelihoods, people like fisherman Lionel Advincula, from Barangay Bislig in Tanauan municipality, Leyte province, found themselves having to make some tough choices.
Time and again, we heard Filipinos are "resilient." While it's an oft-repeated cliché, it's also true.
They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of six noteworthy souls that strive to make the world a better place.
From small island states to delta settlements, Asia is the climate frontline. Seven of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Asia and the Pacific. It falls to Asian governments, whose primary responsibility is to protect their citizens, to respond.
To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.
Despite all of the destruction, sadness, confusion, worry and fear I found in the Philippines, I found something else too -- I found hope.
This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.
The people of the Philippines are not defeated. During our trip, we learned a Filipino word -- Bayanihan -- that perfectly encapsulates what we witnessed among typhoon survivors. The word means a spirit of communal effort.
Natural disasters do not affect everyone equally or in the same ways. The burning questions are not just about whether we get adequate nourishment or shelter, but also if it is safe to be who we are. Are shelters open to openly gay/lesbian people or transgender individuals?
Deadly natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan are terrifying ordeals for everyone involved, but for children in particular, they can disrupt their lives in so many ways. Our focus is to make sure that children's distinctive needs are met.
In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.
Blue tarps draped over plywood have replaced more than 1 million homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Opportunity International ha...
Something every American needs to know: When it comes to emergency response, and longer term efforts on behalf of child survival and disease reduction, U.S. foreign aid plays an indispensable role.
Homes have been flattened, school yards mangled and businesses blown away. These are things I'd come expecting to see. After a storm like the one on November 8, it's a wonder anything was left standing.
Still in its infancy, the solar device market in developing countries is poised to boom explosively, causing massive socio-economic developments in unexpected places. Until then, solar relief in the Philippines is still urgently needed.