October 2014

  • We are all advocates

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Thursday, 30 October 2014

    About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers.  When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice.  “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.

  • Fast-tracking Myanmar's reform

    By Stephen P. Groff on Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    Over just 3 years, Myanmar has introduced ambitious reforms which have put it on track to become a modern economy. But big challenges still lie ahead. 

  • Is Asia ready for Social Impact Bonds?

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    Raising finance for projects which are socially important but have little appeal to hard-nosed investors has been a major challenge for governments and donor agencies in the past. But now a new instrument has been developed which offers a fresh way forward—Social Impact Bonds. 
     

  • Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

  • Engagement between governments and CSOs: Are we getting results?

    By Claudia Buentjen on Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    States are increasingly recognizing that constructive engagement and collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important ingredient to achieving better governance.

  • Walkability—Building cities for people too

    By on Tuesday, 07 October 2014

    With the urban population swelling the world over, it makes sense that we start—or go back to—designing cities for people too. People are a city’s principal raison d'etre.