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.
Business process outsourcing no panacea
India and the Philippines have benefited greatly this past decade or so from a wave of business process outsourcing. But despite the benefits, BPO is no developmental panacea, argues John West.
Rana Plaza -- 2 years after
April 24, 2015, marked the two year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse -- one of the worst industrial disasters in history. Where does Bangladesh stand today, asks John West?
Sheep bytes: New Zealand’s secondary cities can be a model for creative revival
Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley discuss how secondary cities in New Zealand might retain their relevance in a spatially imbalanced economy.
The Rice and Fall of Yingluck Shinawatra
The former Thai prime minister faces a potential jail term over a bungled rice scheme, according to Asit K. Biswas, Matthew J. Kastner and Cecilia Tortajada.
Asian Century reality check
From the heady hype of 2010-2012, speculation about the prospects for an Asian century has cooled down, argues John West.
Indonesian economy -- what next?
Indonesia's decade-long commodity-driven economy faces new challenges, following the fading the global commodities boom, argues John West.
Indian economy on a knife edge
India's new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, must get cracking, if India is to have any hope of realizing its immense potential.
India's infrastructure deficit
Suffering from shortfall in infrastructure, India faces obstacles to development argue Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
A deep look at Asian poverty
Asian lives have improved immensely these past few decades. But poverty in its many monetary and non-monetary forms, as well as vulnerability and insecurity, remain endemic in Asia.
Miao Yang, a summer student at Tokyo's Sophia University in 2014, has shared with us her analysis of Asia's "renaissance".
India needs more infrastructure
If India is to catch up with China by 2050, it needs to close the widening infrastructure gap between the two nations, write Cecilia Torjada and Asit K. Biswas.
Poverty in the midst of prosperity -- the case of Singapore
Japan, Korea and Singapore are considered to be cases which have conquered the blight of poverty. But poverty is increasing in these economies, driven by the widening gaps between rich and poor.
Rethinking the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act
The Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee needs to be rethought, and move from welfare to skilling and creating productive assets, argue Mukul G Asher and V.Ramakrishnan.
Asia's missing women
Over 100 million women in Asia are "missing" because of selective abortion, infanticide or neglect.
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