December 2012

  • New ILO standard sets the floor for social protection

    By Bart Édes on Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Perhaps the most significant global social policy development in 2012 was approval of the International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendation on creation of social protection floors. Approved in June, the recommendation calls on the ILO’s 185 members to ensure that everyone in need has access to essential health care and basic income security.

  • 2012 marked another year of record-setting growth in the motor vehicle fleet of Asia and the Pacific.  Photo by Lloyd Wright.

    2012 in Numbers

    By Lloyd Wright on Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    I am normally a bit skeptical about the power of data to radically transform public policy. After all in the transport sector, the most serious issues of congestion, road accident fatalities and injuries and air pollution are readily obvious by looking out the window of any major Asian city. Would knowing the numbers more accurately make a difference to policy makers?

  • Urumqi City, People's Republic of China

    Macro stabilization policies for long-run growth: Lessons for developing Asia

    By Cyn-Young Park on Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The global financial crisis of 2008-2009 has reignited the debate on the role of macroeconomic policies. The role of macroeconomic stabilization policies can be contentious, especially as the policy room is increasingly limited in most advanced economies.

  • Inclusive and green growth: Why is it so elusive?

    By Bindu N. Lohani on Wednesday, 19 December 2012

    “Inclusive growth” and “green growth” are two buzzwords that we often hear in the development sphere nowadays. This is not surprising since these two form key part of many development strategies. While Asia has done extremely well in expanding its economies in the last two to three decades, rapid growth has brought with it rising inequality—within and across countries. It has also badly damaged the environment along the way.

  • PRC's incoming leaders face tough economic challenges

    By on Tuesday, 18 December 2012

    In recent discussions that I have had with decision makers and economists working on People’s Republic of China (PRC), the question on the incoming leadership’s approach to economic reforms inevitably comes up. Is the transition to new leadership a good opportunity to rethink economic policies?

  • Dialogues on Change: Up Close with Aung San Suu Kyi

    By Stephen P. Groff on Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    My second meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was in early November. I had returned to the country to meet with officials and discuss next steps following our Board’s approval of our interim country partnership strategy. Following a variety of meetings in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, we returned to her residence on the outskirts of the capital. Madame Suu Kyi again greeted us at the entrance to her home and ushered us to the same table.

  • Make migration work for the displaced

    By Bart Édes on Wednesday, 05 December 2012

    The 18th Session of the Conference of the Parties is nearing its end in Doha. Among the topics receiving attention is how to integrate migration considerations into adaptation strategies and programs. The International Organization for Migration hosted a side event on December 03 exploring the significance of migration in the context of adaptation to climate change.

  • Meeting Myanmar’s Iconic Lady

    By Stephen P. Groff on Tuesday, 04 December 2012

    Over the course of our eleven-month “re-engagement” with Myanmar and my three trips to the country since June, I have discussed prospects for the country with literally hundreds of people. In a September op-ed, I quoted Rudyard Kipling who referred to the country as "quite unlike any land you know about" in his 1898 collection Letters from the East and these discussions leave me convinced that this century-old observation holds true.