Asia and the Pacific is home to more than half of the world’s population, including nearly 900 million of the world’s poor. Sustainability, quality and inclusiveness of rapid growth, combined with persistent income, social and gender disparities, continue to be critical development challenges for the 48 countries that make up the region.
Two-thirds of the world’s one billion hungry live in Asia and the Pacific and the region accounts for two-thirds of all underweight children.
Today, the Asia-Pacific region is home to 17 megacities, three of them the world’s largest - Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai. It is projected that, by 2030, the region will have no less than 22 megacities. Less than 75% of the urban population in many Asian and Pacific countries has access to improved sanitation.
Asia-Pacific is the region most affected by natural disasters. In 2011, the Asia and Pacific region accounted for 212 million victims of various natural disasters, 86.4 percent of the number reported worldwide. It also suffered the most physical damage: USD 296.6 billion or 80% of worldwide losses.
Sources: Asian Development Bank, State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015
The Global Impact Asia Pacific Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on helping those in Asia and the Pacific: American Himalayan Foundation, ChildFund International, Helen Keller International, and MAP International.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide increased access to healthcare and education, job training, women’s and youth empowerment, economic development, and a host of other services to those in need throughout the region.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to improve the lives of those living in Asia and the Pacific.