August 2014

  • Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Friday, 29 August 2014

    The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalize goods, capital and skilled labor flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind. The ASEAN Banking Integration Framework, which aims to liberalize the banking market by 2020, could help pave the way for further integration and the entry of ASEAN banks into regional banking markets.

  • Beating Malaria, Again

    By Patricia Moser on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Malaria can be beaten. Proof of this can be found in the fact that across the Asia Pacific region, millions of people who would have died from the disease are living healthy, productive lives. Still, malaria remains a serious threat to lives and livelihoods. Endemic in 22 countries across Asia, it is contracted by an estimated 32 million people annually and kills 47,000 of them.

  • Why partnering with the private sector is key to inclusive growth

    By Lakshmi Venkatachalam on Monday, 18 August 2014

    Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and Pacific region has represented a remarkable success story. Absolute poverty levels have fallen significantly and the region is on course to achieve a number of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Indonesia’s nutritional ‘double burden’ weighs on economy

    By Rooswanti Soeharno on Wednesday, 13 August 2014

    Indonesia has made impressive gains in poverty reduction in recent years, but some unfavorable childhood nutrition figures bode ill for the economy and the country’s achievement of a key Millennium Development Goal (MDG).

  • Women’s participation: Why quality counts more than numbers

    By Laurence Levaque on Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    Nana lives in a remote village. She is married with three children. Both she and her husband are farmers. Nana went to school up to grade 3. Every now and then, the households in her community are asked to attend a meeting. One day, the village leader requested her to attend a meeting the next day.