COVID-19 is Boosting Inequality but Government Policies can Help
The pandemic has worsened inequality on many fronts. Pro-active macroeconomic policy combined with labor retraining programs and increased social protection are needed.
We are Just Now Discovering How Devastating COVID-19 Has Been for the Very Poor
To cope with the pandemic, Asia’s poor are missing meals and selling their assets. Governments need to target policies toward the most vulnerable in order to stave off long-term damaging impacts.
As We Emerge from the Pandemic, We Must Prioritize Water and Sanitation
If we hope to regain progress on the Sustainable Development Goals—and improve people’s lives— we must improve water service delivery in ways that help countries better manage future crises and improve equitable access to water.
Bond Markets and Borrowing: How Asia’s Developing Countries are Managing the Pandemic
The pandemic has shown central bankers and public debt managers that innovation and creativity are needed to maintain borrowing opportunities and keep local currency bond markets functioning.
Small Businesses Can Help Drive a Green Recovery from the Pandemic
Small and medium-sized enterprises make up more than 96% of all Asian businesses. Their survival and resilience is essential for a green recovery.
How SDG Bonds Can Accelerate a Green Recovery from the Pandemic
We’ll need innovative solutions and new ways of thinking to bridge the financing gap and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals after the pandemic. SDG Accelerator Bonds could be a good start.
The COVID-19 Crisis is an Opportunity to Rebuild Stronger and Smarter
The pandemic provides an opportunity for Asia and the Pacific to undertake reforms that can make it more resilient.
Many Thought the Pandemic Would Imperil Microfinance. It Did the Opposite.
Despite being a “high-touch” business, microfinance institutions found ways to connect with their clients during the pandemic, with backing from governments and the private sector
How Post-Pandemic Education Systems Can Welcome Back International Students
Closed borders and health concerns halted international student mobility in 2020, but students are expected to return. Education policy makers need to be ready for a new type of international student that wants both physical and digital learning opportunities.
How Can Water Utilities in the Pacific Use the Pandemic to Become More Resilient?
Protecting and managing the water supply, even in the face of threats and challenges, is a key responsibility for utility companies and governments across the Pacific region.