An analysis of global responses to the virus indicate that expanding the capacity to test, trace, and isolate potential carriers is effective, as is the expansion of paid sick leave benefits.
Improved rural road infrastructure enables connectivity and safe mobility. It also affects access to health, education and economic opportunities.
Policies that promote wellness can help Asians navigate the uncertain, stressful COVID-19 world and achieve a better post-pandemic lifestyle.
Governments should adopt public space policies that support all citizens—including informal workers and the urban poor.
Asian economies must strengthen their regulatory frameworks, and invest in digital networks and infrastructure, to support contactless payment systems.
Young people are losing jobs faster than adults, but targeted policies can help them re-engage with the labor market.
Asian regulators and policy makers should undertake prudential financial supervision and regulation to improve the quality of private debt and reduce the risk of financial instability in the future.
In Sri Lanka, an effort to match education with the skills needed in the workplace provides valuable lessons for the future of work.