Finance ministries are empowered with functions that allow them to lead a comprehensive, government-wide approach to address climate change.
Governments in Asia and the Pacific are navigating fiscal reforms and enhancing governance to align finance with climate action. This includes using national adaptation plans, climate-inclusive fiscal frameworks, and green budget tagging initiatives.
COVID-19 has hit the entire globe at once, slowing investment in resilient infrastructure that will improve lives over the long term. Effective governance is critical to ensure infrastructure projects are well planned, funded, and implemented.
To respond to the challenges of the pandemic and deliver services effectively, a professional civil service needs to build the values, culture and skills required to respond to complex demands and challenges.
Indonesia’s provincial, municipal and other local governments are finding innovative digital solutions to map COVID-19 and make the information available to the public.
At the local level, public services have gone digital in Indonesia as the pandemic forces government offices to restrict access to them.
An analysis of data from popular transit applications indicates that there is a relationship between increased mobility and COVID-19 cases, but more information is needed to make a definitive link.
PPPs can help by bringing in private sector capital and technical expertise as governments continue to look for value for money in infrastructure provision.
As Asia and the Pacific comes out of the crisis with significantly larger public debts, their infrastructure investments will need to be efficient, affordable, and sustainable.
The public-private partnerships used to finance roads, ports, hospitals and dozens of other infrastructure projects could be affected by the pandemic-induced financial crisis. Here’s how to avoid that.