• Asia-Pacific

    Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

    BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs). Held under the theme… Continue Reading »

    New App Launched to Help Visually Impaired People to Read Unicode Doc Files called “Accessible Doc Reader”

    DHAKA, BANGLADESH: The application launched on 29th September 2018 at jatiya press club in Dhaka. Innovation Garage Limited has developed an important innovation for persons with visual disability The Accessible Doc Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with DOCX, RTF and text files… Continue Reading »

    World Bank Announces $1bn Assistance for Indonesia Natural Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

    NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA: The World Bank has announced funding of up to $1 billion for the Government of Indonesia to supplement relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi, and to bolster long-term resilience. The funding will be available on request by the Government. It would be guided by a… Continue Reading »

    Jobs of the Future Require More Investment in People

    BALI, Greater investments in people’s health and education are urgent in a rapidly evolving labor market increasingly shaped by technology, according to the World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work.   “The nature of work is not only changing – it’s changing rapidly,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. “We don’t know what… Continue Reading »

    Aged Care Royal Commission Misses Mark for People with Disability Suffering Violence, Abuse and Neglect

    AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings. “AFDO and our colleagues in the disability sector, have made strong calls… Continue Reading »

    People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are extremely concerned that the process… Continue Reading »

    New Zambian Inclusive Education Project for Leonard Cheshire

    ZAMBIA, AFRICA: Leonard Cheshire has secured funding for a new three-year inclusive education project in Zambia. Funds have been provided by The Swedish Postcode Lottery, The Peter Cundill Foundation* and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The project will see Leonard Cheshire’s work expand to the Eastern Province of Zambia across Chipata, Katete, Nyimba, Petauke and Sinda and… Continue Reading »

    3D Printing Supports Coral Reef Ecosystem in Maldives

    MALDIVES: A team of researchers has designed and 3D printed an artificial reef to help promote the growth of a coral reef ecosystem in Maldives. The Summer Island Maldives resort is using the artificial reef made from hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules to build a new coral reef ecosystem. An Australian industrial engineer with… Continue Reading »

    From Robotic Vision to Instant Internet: ETRI Showcases Five Consumer Electronic Technologies of the Future

    BERLIN, GERMANY: Korean researchers will demonstrate how to transmit data faster than the blink of an eye at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, taking place in Berlin, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. High-speed cloud service, robotic vision, and harmful media detection are also among the technological… Continue Reading »