A basic need to help children
Alassane Sow and Rana Flowers
Did you know that in communities where a high proportion of people defecate outdoors, children are on average shorter than children living in communities where most people use toilets. New research in Cambodia conducted jointly by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) shows that open defecation contributes significantly to stunting of children.
Urbanisation and growth
Eric Sidgwick and Hiroshi Izaki
Today, Cambodia’s urban areas generate 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and are home to more than 20 per cent of the total population of almost 15 million. By 2030, Cambodia’s urban population is expected to double, while the urban share of the national economy is estimated to rise to 70 per cent. Phnom Penh, a city of 1.5 million people, and other major urban centres will experience rapid growth and migration of people in search of a better life.
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