For social protection to become truly inclusive, social protection must meet the needs of younger women and men.
Only through increased investment in social protection—and other core social services such as health and education—will sustainable and inclusive prosperity be achieved across Asia.
Find out what our readers think about who needs government social protection systems most in developing Asia, where half of the population still lacks access to basic social protection.
Governments in the region must invest in building comprehensive social protection systems for the huge number of vulnerable people who do not qualify as extremely poor and are employed in the informal sector.
Since dual career couples support each other, this involves professional compromises. However, such couples’ understanding of ‘success’ is multidimensional and goes beyond the high income and high status of one individual.
The challenge of providing social protection for older persons in the region is about coming to terms with rapid social change processes as well as household saving and financing pension systems.
Expanded access to finance supported by ADB will allow factories to meet international standards so Bangladesh may benefit from this industry in a responsible way.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but I say it takes a network of villages to raise a child with autism into a productive adult.
Countries in developing Asia can extend basic and robust levels of social protection to the “missing middle,” but whether there’s enough political to do so is another matter.
The sheer speed and scale of Asia’s demographic transition will deprive the region of one of the main drivers of its past economic success.