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.
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.
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