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.
Asia's fast track development
The advent of global supply chains has provided Asian and other emerging economies with a fast track for development, as explains Professor Richard Baldwin.
Analyst Briefing: Global Smart City Market
Register now for an Analyst Briefing: Global Smart City Market. A $3.3 Trillion Market Opportunity to 2025. Organized by our knowledge partner, Frost and Sullivan on Sep 5 2013.
Japan's muddled development cooperation
Japan received a right scolding from the OECD in its recent report on Japan’s development cooperation policies.
Japan is my favorite Asian nation
"Japan is my favorite Asian nation", writes James Pereyra from Tokyo's Sophia University, "but there is still much work to do for the country to realize its full potential".
Development: wisdom from experience
David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, delivered fascinating insights on the challenges of development to a Tokyo audience organized by the English Speaking Union of Japan.
Time to Invest in Vietnam’s Power Transmission & Distribution Network
It's time to invest in Vietnam’s power transmission & distribution network, according to Frost & Sullivan's Avanthika Satheesh and Harsh Thacker.
Singapore in the Asian Century
After many decades of great success, how can Singapore contribute to the Asian Century? Lorraine Bergeron, an invited contributor from Tokyo's Sophia University, shares with us her views.
Philippines: Asia's new tiger economy
The Philippines' economy grew by 7.1% in the July to September quarter, surprising even the optimistic forecasters. The Pearl of the Orient is finally becoming an Asian tiger.
Lessons from Singapore
Is Singapore a unique case of authoritarian capitalism? Or could it have lessons for us all? Mitchell Wigdor's book, "No Miracle", provides some answers to these questions.
Impact of Disease on the Philippines’ Development
Poverty usually means increased exposure to infectious diseases and poor health, writes Sophia University's Ralph Catbagan, who explores the case of the Philippines.
How the Philippines benefits from Australia’s booming links with China
Australia’s booming trade and investment with China, is pushing up the Australian dollar, and thus enticing Australian Australian companies to outsource business processing services to the Philippines
The changes underway in Burma are so dramatic that it is hard to assess the situation clearly. Here is a quick attempt.
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