Disaster preparedness, combined with updated risk information and timely assessments of damages and needs, were critical for Tonga’s response to the undersea volcanic eruption.
There has been a sharp contrast between evidence and policies during the pandemic, but these actions will encourage evidence-informed policymaking as we move forward.
In Bangladesh, new surveys show the devastating impact of school closures. Countries around the world are facing similar situations. Holistic policy responses are needed to get students back in school and back on track.
These charts illustrate the strong momentum of Asia’s trade growth during 2021, showing its resilience amid continuing uncertainties around the pandemic and a potential slowdown in the pace of global economic recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable people have access to formal financial services, given their role in supporting inclusive economic recovery and resilience.
In Southeast Asia, women workers were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Urgent policy action is needed to address the issue and improve the welfare of women in other areas as well.
Millions of South Asians live outside their home countries. They could be key to region’s pandemic recovery.