November 2014

  • Kyrgyz Republic banking on mobile phones to bring finance to rural areas

    By Monisha Hermans on Thursday, 27 November 2014

    Mobile financial services have proven to be an ideal means to connect rural and remote populations to the financial sector.  In several countries now—for example, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, or the Philippines—financial services are successfully delivered to the rural population using mobile phones and agents. 

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    Ebola: The weakest link jeopardizes everyone

    By Eduardo P. Banzon on Thursday, 20 November 2014

    More than a year ago, I was in Liberia as part of a team looking into its health system and health financing reforms. The country was still recovering from long years of civil strife. But Liberia was eager to be one of a growing number of countries which were aspiring to and pursuing universal health coverage (UHC). 

  • PRC's dim sum bonds need to develop a new flavor

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

    The offshore renminbi bond market has boomed since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) authorities first allowed domestic banks to issue them in Hong Kong, China in June 2007. But appetite for the paper—popularly known as “dim sum bonds”—is starting to wane as access to onshore markets becomes easier. To stay relevant, the dim sum market must develop further.

  • Where are the women leaders in public administration?

    By Shireen Lateef on Thursday, 13 November 2014

    While the corporate sector has been subject to scrutiny on the dearth of women at senior and board levels, there is still silence, or at best only whispers, about women in the top echelons of the public sector.

  • Yolanda response shows power of the virtual citizen

    By Suzanne Nazal on Monday, 10 November 2014

    A year ago this last weekend, Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the Philippines, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history. You may have heard about this tragedy via traditional media but it is likely you heard more about it through social media.

  • Window of opportunity still open on climate action

    By Preety Bhandari on Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.