July 2014

  • To invest, or not to invest? That is the problem in Myanmar

    By Kiyoshi Taniguchi on Thursday, 31 July 2014

    Myanmar opened a new chapter in its history in November 2010 when it adopted its open-economy policy. Since then, an impressive array of reforms have been implemented. However, Myanmar’s sustainable and inclusive growth depends on it maintaining this momentum during its transition —particularly inflows of foreign direct investment.

  • Storm Clouds Ahead – Disease in the age of climate change

    By Rooswanti Soeharno on Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Rapid and dynamic changes in Southeast Asia including population growth and movement, as well as booming urbanization, have contributed to the complexity of combating the spread of tropical diseases. Now the region is faced with an even greater challenge: climate change

  • From Farm to Fork—Combating Asia’s Hidden Hunger

    By Bindu N. Lohani on Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Feeding the world is becoming an increasingly complex task. Providing all our daily bread—or rice—requires grappling with intense competition for natural resources, producing more from less land and dealing with changing dietary habits. But meeting food needs is not just about quantity. Quality is also important. Along with daily minimum calorie requirements, people also need vital micronutrients from their meals.  High levels of micronutrient deficiencies, a phenomenon we call “hidden hunger” remains pervasive, particularly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

  • The Golden Rice Conundrum

    By Floyd Whaley on Tuesday, 22 July 2014

    Is changing 9,000 years of eating habits the solution to vitamin A deficiency in poor communities in Asia?

  • Looking at India through Piketty’s eyes

    By Indu Bhushan on Thursday, 17 July 2014

    Thomas Piketty, a young French economist, has redefined the relationship between capital and inequalities in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

  • Let’s talk incentives: Toilets, girls, and violence

    By Anupma Jain on Monday, 14 July 2014

    Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect – women’s safety and security.

  • Partnership for more open, accountable governments

    By Claudia Buentjen on Wednesday, 09 July 2014

    The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.

  • How does IT matter in rural health service delivery?

    By on Monday, 07 July 2014

    Very few young doctors and other health professionals want to work in distant geographic locations and this preference for working in urban centers won’t change in the future and might only increase.This problem calls for innovative solutions to bring health services to populations in hard-to-reach locations and Information Technology provides some viable options which need to be scaled up and integrated into public health systems to bridge the rural-urban gap.

  • Preparing for life after the MDGs

    By Cyn-Young Park on Thursday, 03 July 2014

    The establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations in 2001 was a defining moment. It rallied a global effort in the fight against poverty, hunger, and disease, while promoting universal education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. However, new challenges have emerged while remaining ones are complex. Meanwhile, the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs is almost upon us, raising the question: where do we go from here?

  • Youth creativity and leadership on tap to solve Asia’s water problems

    By Ponce Ernest Samaniego on Tuesday, 01 July 2014

    With some 60% of the global youth population living in Asia and the Pacific, young people have consistently and increasingly shown they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.