The global economic crisis presents an opportunity to rethink socio-economic policies in Asia and the Pacific. The lack of adequate social protection systems became a liability during the current crisis.
The Pantawid Pamiliya is on track to achieve its objectives of promoting investments in the health and education of children while providing immediate financial support to poor families.
The poor in Asia and the Pacific are most in need of public services but often have few tools to demand these vital programs from their governments.
Asian governments need to increase their support for social protection programs if they hope to reap broader economic and social benefits.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to conditional cash transfer programs, but there are key elements that will increase the chances of success.
In Asia's fastest-growing economies millions have been lifted out of poverty, but the benefits have accrued to certain regions and cities, particular sectors and population groups, leaving many mired in poverty and dangerously disconnected from the new motors of growth.
Social protection is associated with inclusive growth (social inclusiveness), reducing risk and vulnerability, empowerment, participation and solidarity principles.
Low-skilled migrants contribute hugely to the economies in which they work, as well as to their countries of origin. They deserve greater respect and much better treatment.
The government budgetary process can have a powerful impact on societal gains.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.