The global economic crisis presents an opportunity to rethink socio-economic policies in Asia and the Pacific. The lack of adequate social protection systems became a liability during the current crisis.
The Pantawid Pamiliya is on track to achieve its objectives of promoting investments in the health and education of children while providing immediate financial support to poor families.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to conditional cash transfer programs, but there are key elements that will increase the chances of success.
The cost of not improving disaster preparedness will be a slower pace of social and economic progress across a region in the decades to come.
In Asia's fastest-growing economies millions have been lifted out of poverty, but the benefits have accrued to certain regions and cities, particular sectors and population groups, leaving many mired in poverty and dangerously disconnected from the new motors of growth.
We can all take simple steps to encourage financial inclusion.
The Association of Southeast Asian nations has introduced the regional rice reserve, the multi-stakeholder rice trade forum, and market information and sharing. These approaches have the potential of building confidence in rice trade and helping people get fed.
Flooding and other risks to the people, economy and infrastructure of coastal cities due to climate change cannot be underestimated.
Well-designed and targeted social protection programs, and particularly safety nets for the disadvantaged, deliver high returns in terms of poverty reduction.
In 2012, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on its 185 members to ensure that everyone in need has access to essential health care and basic income security.