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.
Asian governments need to increase their support for social protection programs if they hope to reap broader economic and social benefits.
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.
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 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.
While a CCT program may address gender-specific vulnerabilities, it is not a panacea. CCTs cannot guarantee the social and economic autonomy of women.
Environmental events are uprooting people around South Asia. By taking actions now, governments can reduce the likelihood of future humanitarian crises and maximize the possibilities that people can remain in their communities or safely relocate.
A recent Reuters news article highlighted the challenges and opportunities of health reform in Asia. The article highlights the situation of a family whose premature infant daughter dies as a result of being unable to obtain infant ICU services in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.
An increase in life expectancy by 40% and decline in fertility by 50% in about half a century -- this is a great achievement!