At the local level, public services have gone digital in Indonesia as the pandemic forces government offices to restrict access to them.
By working together with countries to make sound socioeconomic development strategies, multilateral financial institutions can contribute substantially to the fight against the pandemic.
Without the right policies and programs, Asia’s poorest people could suffer needlessly as economies bounce back after the pandemic.
COVID-19 has triggered interest in swapping national debt for action on climate change adaptation.
The pandemic is challenging policymakers across Asia. The shape of the economic recovery is uncertain but pro-active government and central bank policies can improve outcomes.
Innovative strategies are needed to provide social protections and insurance cover to daily wage earners, contract workers and others in the informal economy.
With the right policies, enough jobs can be created to employ returning workers and creating the opportunity for a new era in agricultural entrepreneurship in the region.