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Photo Credit: Guillaume Brialon

Finance sector development | Governance and public management

Make Policies Work: Getting the Proof to the Top of the Pile

Policymakers are swamped. They have a wide range of interest groups talking to them all the time. They have large numbers of papers and emails and phone calls to deal with every day.  So if you approach them with a brilliant evaluation that is fifty pages long, complete with graphs and tables and lots of Greek equations, it will go straight to the bottom of the stack. And stay there.

Betty Wilkinson

Beijing’s smog-laden skies obscure the Forbidden City in a thick orange haze. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

Climate change | Environment | Transport

The Price of Breath in Beijing

If a frog is placed in a boiling caldron, it will immediately jump out to safety.  If the same frog is placed in water, which is slowly heated to boiling, the frog will tranquilly remain and eventually die from overheating.

This biological anecdote is frequently utilized as a metaphor for our political state of affairs over global climate change.  As the planet slowly heats and succumbs to gradual change we unwittingly accustomize without sensing the dangers that await us.  The lessons from this phenomenon also encompass the state of our cities and the transport sector.

Lloyd Wright

Photo Credit: Abir Abdullah for ADB 2012.

Poverty

Do We Know What Inclusive Growth Really Means?

I must confess that I have been struggling to find a good working definition of inclusive growth for some time, although I believe I understand the concept vaguely. This term is now very widely used in the development policy discourse in Asia and the Pacific. 

Indu Bhushan

Majority of families in Bhutan depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.

Digital Technology | Economics | Energy | Private sector development

Why Bhutan Must Balance the Material and Spiritual Needs of Her People

Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, is a small landlocked country between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. Virtually the entire country is mountainous. Despite challenging geography and limited connection to the global markets, the country managed to ignite and sustain strong economic growth by unlocking its hydro potential.

Cyn-Young Park (朴信永)

Environment

Living a Carbon Neutral Lifestyle

Asia symbolizes the striking progress that has been achieved in reducing poverty but also the daunting gaps in environmental destruction and climate change. It’s rightly said that the war on climate change will be won or lost in Asia. The Asian Development Bank is uniquely positioned not only to support a more environmentally sustainable development agenda but also to lead in important aspects of this endeavor.

Vinod Thomas

Economics | Education | Finance sector development | Industry and trade | Urban development

Why Should People’s Republic of China Unlock Services?

A well-developed services sector plays a major role in improving production efficiency and promoting technical progress and innovation. The services sector has expanded rapidly in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since economic reform was launched in 1979, and particularly after PRC joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, the size of the sector as a share of GDP appears to be significantly smaller than expected based on PRC's income level and development stage.

Yolanda Fernandez Lommen

Industry and trade | Private sector development | Regional cooperation and integration

Should the Eurozone Crisis Dissuade Asia from Integrating?

I have a straight answer and a caveat. The answer is: Definitely Not. The caveat is: integration is a long-term process. Over time, Asia definitely needs to become more integrated in order to sustain its growth as well as its contribution to global growth. In the medium-term, Asia should exert concerted efforts to continuously boost regional cooperation.

Ramesh Subramaniam

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