In response to the devastating Haiyan or Yolanda typhoon in November 2013, the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) utilized the existing Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (Linking Arms Against Poverty)–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) system to support recovery and rehabilitation.
Gansu province in 2009 had the second-lowest gross domestic product per capita in the People’s Republic of China. Its Tianshui municipality’s 3.6 million inhabitants included 640,000 urban dwellers in Qinzhou and Maiji districts with an estimated urban poverty rate of 13.5%.
Floods in 2011, Cambodia’s worst in decades, caused severe damage to rural infrastructure and affected more than 1.7 million people in 18 of the country’s 24 provinces. They brought extensive suffering to the local population and seriously disrupted economic activities. Overall damage to infrastructure was estimated at about $376 million.
Bhutan is endowed with abundant natural and renewable energy resources. However, its mountainous terrain and the resulting difficulties in extending the grid have prevented a large percentage of the rural population from accessing clean energy.
Punjab is a mid-sized state in India with a population of 28 million. It has a primarily agriculture-based economy that has long served as India’s granary and ensured the country’s food security. Despite its glowing past, the state economy, as of program appraisal, had been slowing down for over a decade because of high fiscal stress.