In defense of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First” provides a credible defense of Lee’s strategy for Singapore. But its future could be more problematic than it seemed 50 years ago, writes John West.
What made Singapore tick: Soft options and hard rules
To go from Third World to the top of the world, Singapore went for 'soft' options - like changing mindsets—and hard rules, such as the Land Acquisition Act, write Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
Inequality holds back Asia's poverty reduction.
Income inequality has been holding back Asia's poverty reduction efforts, writes John West.
Planters and Uprooters
It is time to get rid of the age-old federal structures, such as the provincial councils in Sri Lanka, to consolidate fiscal positions, argues Jayasri Priyalal.
India -- a slow burner
India now has the world’s fastest-growing large economy, and the prospects for continued development may well be very good, writes John West.
The Chinese economy of today is riddled with conundrums, writes John West.
Asia’s mythical middle class society
Despite the widespread hype, Asia's "middle class" society remains a myth. Only 15% of Asians could claim to be living middle class lives, writes John West.
Working for Apple in China
Working conditions for employees of Apple's China-based subcontractors may be improving. But they are still a long way from the objective of "decent work", writes John West.
Asian poverty, and India's toilet crisis
As the world celebrates Asia's dramatic reduction in "income poverty", it is too often overlooked that there has been much less progress in tackling other dimensions of Asian poverty, writes John West
Can India follow East Asia's industrialisation path? John West reports on discussions at the Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in 2016.
Myanmar -- from dictatorship to democracy?
Myanmar's transition from a corrupt military dictatorship to a full-fledged democracy and open market economy has only just begun, writes John West.
Indonesia’s infrastructure crisis
Indonesia’s infrastructure crisis is inhibiting poverty reduction and economic growth, and is breeding dangerous slums in its major cities, writes John West.
Yémen : à quand l’« Arabie heureuse » ?
Yémen : à quand l’« Arabie heureuse » s'interrogent Claude Duval et Alexandra Trzeciak.
Investing in Cambodia
Will Cambodia's skills shortfall derail its stellar economic growth, asks John West.
Asian poverty update
Poverty reduction in Asia has been spectacular, confirms the World Bank's latest poverty estimates. But we need to scratch below the surface of this rosy assessment, cautions John West.
Cambodia’s sweet-and-sour development
Cambodia has been called an "Olympian of Growth" by the World Bank. But there are deep problems in the Cambodian model of development, writes John West.
Vietnam, the next China?
For better or for worse, Vietnam's rapid development shares many parallels with China. But Vietnam needs more convincing reforms to catch up to China, writes John West.
Private sector and rural development in India
Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada share their views on private sector and rural development in India.
Korea, the "chaebol republic"
Korea’s chaebol. the family conglomerates that dominate the economy, are now holding back the country from realising its full potential, argues John West.
Aid Management and Institutional Capacity in Nepal
The Nepalese government showed leadership in the aftermath of the quake, but faces serious long-term challenges argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
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