The OECD has finally acknowledged the diversity of risks and vulnerabilities that lead to fragility. ADB’s own proposed fragility index considers fragility as a complex and multidimensional issue.
Working in fragile and conflict-affected situations in Asia and the Pacific requires development agencies to do business differently.
While developing Asia has made great strides toward raising prosperity and reducing poverty during the last three decades, it has not done as well on good governance, which affects public service delivery.
The OECD’s new approach to fragile states assesses fragility as a universal issue that can affect all countries in different dimensions – not only those traditionally considered “fragile” or conflict-affected.
Public capital spending has been persistently weak in Nepal, and raising the amount and quality of capital expenditure required to close the infrastructure deficit is one of the country’s most pressing challenges.
The recent summit of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Environment Ministers provided a showcase for ideas from the region’s youth in three major fields of environmental work through the Youth4ASIA competition.
Safeguards to avert damage that development projects can do to the environment and communities are essential in development finance.
The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.
Every year, millions of people cross borders to work abroad. People migrate for various reasons, but for the majority of migrant workers, they are compelled by poverty and lack of job opportunities in their home countries.
The eradication of smallpox has been a great public health success over the last 30 or 40 years or so. Smallpox was responsible for 300 million–500 million deaths during the 20th century.