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.
Poverty in India
Over the past two decades, India has become one of the stars of the world economy thanks to its rapid growth.
Can India feed 1.7 billion people by 2050?
Can India feed 1.7 billion people by 2050, ask Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K Biswas.
India's needless hunger
India's national shame is that nearly one in five Indians suffers from chronic hunger, as explained by Asit K. Biswas (Founder, Third World Centre for Water Management) and Rajiv Gupta.
Myanmar in transition
Emanuele Schibotto has shared with us his thoughts on "Myanmar in transition", and the shifts in foreign aid from East Asia.
Misery in Manila
The Philippines may not have a very large share of its population living below academically calculated poverty lines. But there is much misery in this country.
Asia's development renaissance
Asia is undergoing a dramatic development renaissance, after being surpassed by the West for two centuries. But this development is uneven and is still incomplete.
Dazzling Singapore's deep contradictions
Visitors to Singapore can't help being dazzled by Asia's only global city. But scratching below the surface reveals a system struggling for survival.
Singapore and leadership
Singapore's economic miracle is the result of strong leadership, writes Sophia University's Julian Knoche. But will a new style of leadership be necessary to take the city state forward?
China's elites and development
Over three decades ago, China's Communist Party elite saw it in its interest to adopt pro-development policies. But now elites are challenged by the consequences of their own strategy.
Philippines' "opportunity point"
The Philippine economy stands at an "opportunity point", where its improving policy environment is intersecting with a loss of competitiveness of some its neighbors, like China.
Limits to China's authoritarian development
The recent slowdown in China's economic growth rate has highlighted the limits in the country's authoritarian growth model. Political change will be necessary for China to exploit its full potential.
Poverty and Prosperity in North and South Korea
The diverse destinies of North and South Korea show that politics is the key driver of policy choices that result in persistent poverty or prosperity.
India needs inclusive growth now!
If Narendra Modi is to succeed in reviving India's fortunes, he must pursue an agenda of inclusive growth, focusing in particular on the nation's desperate education and training needs.
Trade unions must save Asia's economy and society
Trade unions must lead the fight to save Asia's economy and society, argued UNI Global Union's Philip Jennings at a conference yesterday of finance sector trade union officials.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister supports Asian trade union leaders
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, offered warm words of support to trade union leaders at the 4th UNI Apro Conference today.
Burma's troubled times
The year 2012 was in many ways the year of Burma, culminating with the visit of US President Obama. Burma is now experiencing more troubled times.
"Multidimensional poverty" in Asia
Poor people suffer from multiple deprivations, whose intensity varies by country. Many Asians who have escaped "income poverty" ($1.25 a day) have no access to health or education services.
UK to end financial assistance to India
No new British financial aid grants will be made to India -- even though India has the world's highest number of poor people, many of whom suffer from chronic hunger. Does this make sense?
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