In countries across South Asia, boys are dropping out of school for economic reasons, illness and other issues. This hurts not only families and the futures of these children but the broader economy and society. Governments can take basic steps to help keep boys in school.
The region’s aging population poses challenges and opportunities. As the age dependency ratio rises, it's vital to address healthcare, pensions, and food security. Investments in capital, technology, and human capital development are crucial for the 'silver workforce'
To pursue an equitable energy transition, we need to find new ways to produce energy. Biomethane is a low-cost, reliable, and community-oriented way to start.
Asia’s vast global diaspora – which includes many skilled, highly educated and prosperous people – is a strong potential source of financing for the region’s infrastructure and other development needs.
Despite the global economic turmoil, remittances remained remarkable resilient during the pandemic. Reforms are needed to keep this financial lifeline strong in the years ahead.
Millions of South Asians live outside their home countries. They could be key to region’s pandemic recovery.
Roads in Asia and the Pacific have brought us essential supplies and services, frontline workers, food and now vaccines. It is time to revive these vital arteries to prepare for economic recovery.
Effective higher education systems are critical for countries to advance. In South Asia, reforming governance structures and practices is a crucial step
Strong remittance inflows should be used as an opportunity to strengthen the systems that help overseas workers and their families back at home.
Local decision makers, civil society, teachers, and parents need to be engaged with and driving reforms if teaching is going to shift sufficiently to tackle Asia’s learning crisis.