Blogs on Private sector development

  • How PPPs are helping Papua New Guinea government deliver better rural primary health services

    Published on Monday, 18 March 2013

    The health status of the population of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has deteriorated since the 1980s due to neglect of the health system, especially in rural areas, where 87% of the population live. An estimated 40% of rural health facilities have closed or are not fully functioning.

  • The contribution of social enterprises to training and job creation: Examples from the UK and Asia

    Published on Monday, 11 March 2013

    Social enterprises have collectively established themselves as a viable and productive sector within the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) economy. There are over 60,000 social enterprises in the country employing at least 800,000 persons.

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

    Why Bhutan must balance the material and spiritual needs of her people

    Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    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.

  • Should the Eurozone Crisis Dissuade Asia from Integrating?

    Published on Monday, 07 January 2013

    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.

  • Inclusive and green growth: Why is it so elusive?

    Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012

    “Inclusive growth” and “green growth” are two buzzwords that we often hear in the development sphere nowadays. This is not surprising since these two form key part of many development strategies. While Asia has done extremely well in expanding its economies in the last two to three decades, rapid growth has brought with it rising inequality—within and across countries. It has also badly damaged the environment along the way.

  • PRC's incoming leaders face tough economic challenges

    Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2012

    In recent discussions that I have had with decision makers and economists working on People’s Republic of China (PRC), the question on the incoming leadership’s approach to economic reforms inevitably comes up. Is the transition to new leadership a good opportunity to rethink economic policies?