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.
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.
Social protection is associated with inclusive growth (social inclusiveness), reducing risk and vulnerability, empowerment, participation and solidarity principles.
The government budgetary process can have a powerful impact on societal gains.
Not only does social protection promote economic growth; in fact, growth cannot be sustained without strong social protection.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.
The population in the People’s Republic of China is aging quickly, but at a relatively low level of per capita income.
Well-designed and targeted social protection programs, and particularly safety nets for the disadvantaged, deliver high returns in terms of poverty reduction.