The tradeoff between lost lives during the pandemic and lost livelihoods is often viewed as an all-or-nothing choice between complete lockdown versus zero restrictions. In reality, a balance can be struck.
As the Delta variant rips across Asia, countries must double down on established best practices and accelerate vaccination programs wherever possible.
As a result of the pandemic, fewer people are using cash and more have moved to a variety of digital payment options. But don’t count cash out yet.
The health crisis should drive us to aggressively digitize global trade and supply chains so we can make the economic recovery stronger and the economy more robust.
Recent successful vaccine trials have raised hopes of an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended so many lives.
As the region builds back from the pandemic, now is the time to invest in knowledge management. The investment will pay off with interest over the long term.
The global response to COVID-19 should also be a springboard for action on climate change resilience so we can narrow the divide between rich and poor and keep everyone safe.
Development institutions are beginning to address the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.
COVID-19 has resulted in broad impacts on food security in Asia. Policymakers must respond quickly and aggressively to these challenges to avert long-term damage from this emerging crisis.
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.