With 4.5 billion people, 60 % of Earth’s population, Asia is the most populated continent on the planet. Asia is also the home of most of the world’s poor.
The challenges of development cooperation in Asia are numerous. Political upheavals and natural disasters as well as the stagnation of economic growth have battered the continent.
Examples of FCA work in Asia 2017
- 9,127 students benefitted from career counselling in Cambodian schools.
- 286 youth from families of former bonded labourers in Nepal received vocational training, which included support for employment or establishing a business.
- 824 people received training to improve their skills for earning a livelihood in Myanmar.
On the Human Development Index, Asian countries place among the middle class. However, in the countries of Southern and Eastern Asia, wealth and livelihood opportunities are very unevenly distributed both geographically and socially.
The rapidly growing economy, unevenly distributed wealth, economic crisis and growing poverty cause social and environmental problems.