January 2014

  • Universal Health Coverage – the Holy Grail for equitable health outcomes?

    By Susann Roth on Thursday, 30 January 2014

    Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, describes Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as ‘the most powerful concept that public health has to offer’.

  • Photo courtesy of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Facebook page

    Crossing the great divide: Convincing others of what works to address poverty

    By Betty Wilkinson on Thursday, 23 January 2014

    The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab just marked its tenth year anniversary on the MIT campus outside Boston with a one day event which drew over 1200 participants from all over the world. 

  • Excessive use of jargon and technical language locks the poor out of access to development information. Credit: ADB

    Jargon hurts the poor

    By Floyd Whaley on Tuesday, 21 January 2014

    Gender-sensitive multi-sectoral capacity building facilitates knowledge sharing and engages stakeholders in inclusive green growth.

  • Skilling up youth in a technology driven world

    By Anna Oposa on Friday, 17 January 2014

    What can policymakers do to provide young people with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly technology-driven world? How can young people themselves play a bigger role in skills development? 

  • What to look out for in Asian bond markets in 2014

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

    2014 is shaping up to be another challenging year for bond markets in Asia after a see-saw 2013 which saw prices rise at the start of the year, and then fall back on news that the US Federal Reserve plans to reduce or ‘taper’ its quantitative easing operations.   

  • The age of ‘Big Data’

    By Betty Wilkinson on Monday, 06 January 2014

    We are living in the time of Big Data. It comes from everywhere - from our cell phones, our computers, from fuel pumps, water sensors in meteorological stations, and countless other sources.  

  • Tackling food security challenges in Asia and the Pacific

    By Vinod Thomas on Friday, 03 January 2014

    The recent stability of food prices in Asia and the Pacific presents policymakers a window for addressing several crucial issues that, if ignored, risk reigniting the food price crisis of 2007–2012 and undermining the region’s rise out of poverty.