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.
Fast facts on Asia's people and economy
Here are some fast facts on Asia's population and economy that I have prepared for my students at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Development Aid and the Rise of New Donors
New donors are challenging the dominant aid discourse of the ‘West’, according to researchers at the York Centre for Asian Research in Toronto.
Bridging the infrastructure deficit
The gap between what infrastructure is needed and what is available is large and steadily expanding, write Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Betting on biotech for development
Betting on biotech in Korea, Singapore and Taiwan is easier said than done, according University of Toronto's Joseph Wong.
Asian Century on Film
If you want to get a quick idea of what the Asian Century is all about, have a look at the Centennial Group's 12 minute video on Youtube (link below).
Asia's uneven development
Asia has achieved a stunning reduction in the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day. But the region is lagging behind on progress on health, nutrition and education.
Asia's poor and vulnerable population
In developing and emerging Asia, most people who have been lifted out of poverty have moved into a "vulnerable" group, and are not yet in the middle class.
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