UN CALLING ASIA: Banda Acheh undergoes "remarkable transformation" 10 years after tsunami

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Banda Aceh. Photo: Dru Maasepp

Indonesia's largest city and province has undergone a "remarkable transformation" ten years after it was hit by a tsunami, according to a spokesperson for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean region on 26 December 2004 was a major natural disaster that prompted an unprecedented international relief effort. The UN estimates that 230,000 people were killed in 15 countries across the region. Tomi Soetjipto says at the time, Banda Acheh was in ruins, describing it as a "sea of debris".

Vanuatu: connecting the "unconnected" key to future

Fred Samuel. (ITU video capture)

Developing internet connectivity for the so-called "unconnected" can help impact economic and social development, particularly in the least developed countries. That's according to Fred Samuel, Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Prime Minister for the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. A recent report by the agency shows that of the 4.3 billion people not yet using internet, 90 per cent live in developing countries. Mr Samuel told Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez that the world needs to find the technology to bridge the digital gap.

A fruitful partnership in Armenia

Can financial equity funds be employed to find a solution to poverty? The approach seems to be working in remote Armenia in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Targeted business investments in food companies are bolstering employment, increasing the incomes of farmers and transforming rural areas. The inflow of money is coming from a unique investment company which is supported by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Joanne Levitan reports

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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