Governments in Central and West Asia must commit to reforms and get them right, or face a downward spiral. The costs of the crisis are already obvious in rising deficits and debt. There is no room for complacency.
With millions of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide and hundreds of thousands of deaths, the search for solutions to end the impacts of COVID-19 is overpowering. Finding a safe and effective vaccine is one crucial answer to the crisis. But there is more to it.
It is time to establish partnerships and expand to a whole-of-society approach to cope with the disasters and crises that are increasingly threatening developing countries.
Our top 10 blogs for the third quarter show how Asia and the Pacific is rising to the COVID-19 challenge
Countries should start planning now to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, in order to enjoy a faster recovery from both the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
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.
During the pandemic, corruption in projects could mean the difference between life and death for the poor and vulnerable.
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.