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.
The pandemic has underscored the importance of trade facilitation within South Asia and with the region’s neighbors.
In Sri Lanka, an effort to match education with the skills needed in the workplace provides valuable lessons for the future of work.
COVID-19 is uncharted territory but development professionals bring a wealth of experience from past crises to rebuild lives, livelihoods, and economies.
These charts illustrate how Sri Lanka’s elderly population is increasing while the number of working-age people to help support them is declining. Forward-thinking policies are needed to address the challenges arising from this imbalance.