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?
New Evidence on Indian Employment: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
S.K. Sasikumar & Rakkee Thimothy from
V.V. Giri National Labour Institute in India have shared with us this piece on employment in India.
Middle class life in India
Ashok, a Delhi-based taxi driver, would be classified as middle class by the statisticians at the Asian Development Bank. But middle class in India means something different from in the West.
Living on $2 a day
If you are living on more than $2 a day, you are not living in poverty according to the World Bank. But what is life like for those living just out of poverty?
India is a land of many paradoxes. It is a country of remarkable high technology, world class multinational companies, and a leader in business process offshoring. But it is also ...
Amartya Sen on development on Youtube
Amartya Sen explains his views on development in a couple of film clips. They are very much worth watching.
Amartya Sen on development as freedom
Development means freedom, according to Amartya Sen, perhaps the greatest development thinker of our times.
Urbanization and slums in Asia
Economic theory paints a nice picture of urbanization as a driver of economic development. Unfortunately, too many Asian people who migrate from the country to the city end up in squalid slums.
Poverty in Asia
In emerging Asia, absolute poverty is declining, but still too high. And in Japan, relative poverty is on the way up.
New trends in foreign aid
As the wealthy OECD countries cut back on their foreign aid, emerging donors like China, India, Brazil and South Africa are expanding their aid programs -- and expanding their influence too.
Microfinance in Asia
Microfinance is a great buzz word today. But what exactly is microfinance and is it effective? Cornell University's Lila Nojima shares her thoughts with us this week.
Job market problems in Asia
A number of job market problems -- like labor unrest, youth inactivity, rising inequality, skills shortages and widespread informality -- are holding back East Asia's development.
Human security in Asia
What is human security? And what does it mean in the Asian context?
Foreign Aid in the Asian Century
Should advanced countries like Australia still be giving official assistance to Asia's emerging and developing countries in the Asian Century?
Financial inclusion in Asia -- the challenge
Lack of access to formal financial institutions like banks, is one important factor keeping too many people in poverty in Asia, and stopping them from creating businesses.
Financial inclusion in Asia -- some solutions
One great challenge for Asia's development is improving access to formal financial institutions like banks. Fortunately many initiatives are underway to improve "financial inclusion" in the region.
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