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.
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.
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