Unlocking Central Asia's Economic Potential by Integrating into Global Value Chains
A free trade agreement could bring the economic and social development benefits of global value chains to Central Asia.
Child Mortality Remains High in Asia and the Pacific: A Renewed Focus on Vaccines is Needed
Despite a notable drop in under-five mortality, Asia and the Pacific remains a hotspot for child deaths. The pandemic made things worse, causing a significant decline in routine immunizations. It's time to intensify vaccination programs and renew our commitment to children's health.
Asia's Coastal Areas Are More Than Just Carbon Credits
The emergence of ‘blue carbon’ in the global carbon markets could help protect Southeast Asia's coastlines, but these habitats should be valued for more than their carbon.
Islamic Finance Can Be a Powerful Tool to Boost Climate Action
Addressing the climate emergency will require all the funding possible from as many diverse sources as possible. Islamic climate finance instruments could help in Asia and in many other parts of the world.
How to Address the Teaching Challenge in Schools across Pakistan
Pakistan can improve its education system by taking measures to ensure the availability of qualified teachers and to enhance the quality of teaching.
How Do We Stop These Devastating Floods? Start With These Six Steps
The devastating floods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region have shown the urgency of actions needed to protect vulnerable communities from the impact of climate change.
How Trade via Rail in Central Asia Can Mitigate the Energy and Climate Crises
Trade via rail in Central Asia has proven highly effective in recent years. It needs further support to take it to the next level.
Millions Are Going Hungry in Post-Pandemic Asia: Here’s How to Respond
The pandemic has increased malnutrition rates in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. Direct food assistance to the poor and programs that benefit farmers are being used to address the problem.
How to Fight Asia’s Locust Invasions
Farmers in parts of Asia have experienced devastating locust infestations in recent years, threatening national and local food security. A dedicated, well-funded team is needed to monitor the pests and take the fight to them.
Hidden Pollution: Asia’s Rivers are Teeming with Pharmaceuticals
New technologies in water treatment systems, as well as other measures, are needed to better understand the problem of pharmaceutical contamination of Asia’s rivers.