June 2014

  • I see dead people

    By Karin Schelzig on Thursday, 26 June 2014

    I see dead people. No, I don’t mean ghosts like the ones a young Haley Joel Osment could see in the 1999 hit film The Sixth Sense. I mean actual dead bodies. I see them all the time, victims of the seemingly lawless and definitely dangerous free-for-all that is driving on Cambodia’s national roads.

  • United we stand – coordinating social protection programs

    By Sri Wening Handayani on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Social protection programs are increasingly important for supporting vulnerable groups in Asia, including the poor and elderly, but fragmented delivery of services is undermining their impact and effectiveness.

  • Discrimination driving gender wage gap in Indonesia

    By Kiyoshi Taniguchi on Friday, 20 June 2014

    The conventional view of wage gaps between men and women is that they have been steadily narrowing over recent decades and this trend will inevitably continue as women achieve higher education levels and enter areas of the workforce which have been dominated by males in the past. Unfortunately recent evidence from Indonesia suggests that pay parity between the sexes remains some way off.  

  • MERS - Are we at risk of an emerging pandemic?

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 16 June 2014

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, (MERS) is keeping infectious diseases experts on alert lately, although the World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t declared MERS a global emergency.

  • Meeting the iChallenge: Measuring public management systems

    By Claudia Buentjen on Monday, 09 June 2014

    ADB, World Bank and several others have launched the iChallenge in an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that can measure government capacity and performance.

  • Solving the regional and global trade jigsaw puzzles

    By Jayant Menon on Thursday, 05 June 2014

    The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggest that the world trade system is fragmenting to appear more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. How do we resolve the growing mess?

  • Mind the Gap: Closing the youth, government divide

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Monday, 02 June 2014

    When we look around the world there often seems a huge divide between young people and governments. While youth are frequently on the front line of civilian protests, criticizing the state, those in power often brand them as mere troublemakers and ingrates. How can we narrow this gap and help both sides better understand each other?