Blog posts tagged to "India"

  • South Asian migrant laborers working on a construction project in Singapore.

    Countries and migrant workers pay high price for the benefits of remittances

    Published on Thursday, 05 February 2015

    Every year, millions of people cross borders to work abroad. People migrate for various reasons, but for the majority of migrant workers, they are compelled by poverty and lack of job opportunities in their home countries.

  • Will the Green Climate Fund pledges create a momentum for ongoing climate negotiations?

    Published on Thursday, 04 December 2014

    The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries. 

  • Walkability—Building cities for people too

    Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014

    With the urban population swelling the world over, it makes sense that we start—or go back to—designing cities for people too. People are a city’s principal raison d'etre.

  • Looking at India through Piketty’s eyes

    Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014

    Thomas Piketty, a young French economist, has redefined the relationship between capital and inequalities in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

  • Let’s talk incentives: Toilets, girls, and violence

    Published on Monday, 14 July 2014

    Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect – women’s safety and security.

  • New health hope for India's urban poor

    Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

    The continued urban boom across Asia and the Pacific offers a host of exciting new opportunities for the region but it also presents huge challenges― not least in the critical field of health.

  • Bridging the “identity divide”: A quiet revolution in India

    Published on Monday, 16 September 2013

    I do not have a birth certificate. Even though I was born in the capital city of the biggest province in India, my birth was never registered. Luckily, I went to school where they recorded my date of birth and my high school certificate gave me an identity. Now, I also have a passport and I can prove who I am.

  • Rising tide raises all boats — Or does it?

    Published on Monday, 29 July 2013

    Last week, the development economics world was shaken by an open clash between two of its most distinguished luminaries—Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati. One is a Nobel Prize winner in the field of economics, and the other is widely believed to be worthy of one.  

  • Aging without security: Asia's experiences on introducing social pension

    Published on Thursday, 25 July 2013

    There is a saying if you live in Asia and don’t work in public service, you will stop working only when you die.  According to the United Nations (UN 2008), many of the poor are older persons living in rural areas due to low and insufficient lifetime earnings. 

  • South Asia again confronts displacement by Mother Nature’s wrath

    Published on Monday, 20 May 2013

    Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.