February 2014

  • Closing the Gap – Policy options for tackling inequality

    By Max von Bonsdorff on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    Recently IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde noted: “In too many countries, the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people”. She was making the point that high levels of inequality are a global concern.

  • No Impact Week ― the carbon ‘cleanse’ challenge

    By Anna Oposa on Monday, 24 February 2014

    Starting 22 February, Asian Development Bank (ADB) is holding its second No Impact Week challenge for individuals to cut their carbon footprint, following the success of the pilot event in January 2013.

  • Tackling rising inequality in Asia: the case for income support programs

    By on Thursday, 20 February 2014

    Christine Lagarde,  managing director of the IMF, recently warned that “in far too many countries the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people”. It’s hard to believe that this observation applies to Asia, though, where growth has been so successful at lifting millions of people out of poverty.  Surely, more growth must be the answer?

  • ‘Double Dividends’ from better urban management in the Pacific

    By on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    A new report by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Moving from Risk to Resilience: Sustainable Urban Development in the Pacific, argues that efforts to improve urban management in the Pacific can improve both the quality of life in the region’s cities and towns and, at the same time, build greater resilience to natural hazards and climate change-induced events.

  • The relevance of $1.25 - recounting the poor

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 17 February 2014

    The Millennium Development Goals, which end in 2015, are a remarkable set of agreed global aspirations, with the world community committing to eradicate extreme poverty for the first time in history.

  • Saying NO to harassment

    By Shanny Campbell on Thursday, 13 February 2014

    Women are the majority users of public transport. This may be because they are less likely to drive a car than men, or less likely to have priority use of a family vehicle. They are also more likely than men to be poor, making the ownership, re-fuelling and maintenance of a motor vehicle less of an option, especially for women in many developing countries. We can add this to the pervasive gender stereotypes in some countries dictating whether it is culturally appropriate for women to drive a car, take a bus, or even travel at all, especially on their own.

  • New health hope for India's urban poor

    By Susann Roth on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

    The continued urban boom across Asia and the Pacific offers a host of exciting new opportunities for the region but it also presents huge challenges― not least in the critical field of health.

  • Asia Pacific post-2015 priorities, MDG8 and Global Partnerships

    By Stephen P. Groff on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Any contemporary story on development in Asia-Pacific begins with reflection on massive gains achieved in the fight against poverty. The incidence of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 54.5% in 1990 to 20.7% in 2010, with the number of extreme poor declining from 1.48 billion to 733 million. This precipitous decline in poverty incidence has been accompanied by tremendous gains in access to health and education.

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    Eradicating Absolute Poverty by 2030 - are we aiming too low?

    By Indu Bhushan on Monday, 10 February 2014

    The Post-2015 development agenda is leaning toward a goal of eradicating absolute poverty by 2030. The World Bank’s recently approved corporate strategy has the same goal. I believe, however, that this target is absolutely meaningless for our region, Asia and the Pacific.

  • Building a Better World: Youth and Governance

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Wednesday, 05 February 2014

    Young people today live in a difficult world.  There are more graduates than jobs in the market, the environment is more degraded than ever before, and competition to earn a living and have the same quality of life as the previous generation is increasingly difficult.

  • Population dynamics, health and social protection – Opportunities for sustainable development

    By on Monday, 03 February 2014

    The world population clock is ticking. According to the Population Reference Bureau’s “2013 World Population Data Sheet”, on average, 271 people are born worldwide every minute and 106 people die. On 31 October 2011 the world welcomed its 7 billionth citizen and by 2050 it is estimated the number will have grown to 9.6 billion.