Millions of Asia’s informal workers – such as vendors, day laborers, and others – are left out of national pension systems. Here’s what we can do to help them in their later years.
Sri Wening Handayani
Public work programs can build much-needed infrastructure while helping lift people out of poverty and shield them from the effects of natural disasters and economic crises
Today’s gig economy has profound implications for the workers’ social protection schemes of tomorrow.
Here’s how Asian countries can come up with the money to fund better social safety nets for their people.
ADB is helping persons with disabilities make an effective contribution to Mongolian society, and live with dignity.
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.
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.
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.
On World Population Day, it's time to reflect on how we choose to address the challenges and maximize the opportunities of a growing older population, which will determine the future of developing Asia.