'Overall, the book provides a highly comprehensive account of how Asian countries responded to the crisis and time and again authors question the desirability and sustainability of the current development model.'
- Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, May 2011
On 28-30 September 2009, the Asian Development Bank, the governments of the People's Republic of China and Viet Nam, and the ASEAN Secretariat jointly organized a high-level Asia-wide conference in Ha Noi on the social and environmental impact of the global economic crisis on Asia and the Pacific, especially on the poor and vulnerable. The conference also served asthe 3rd China-ASEAN Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction and as the 4th ASEAN+3 High-Level Seminar on Poverty Reduction. It was supported by various development partners.
This book features selected papers from the Ha Noi conference. It is designed with the needs of policy makers in mind, utilizing field, country, and thematic background studies to cover a large number of countries and cases.
This publication suggests that the crisis is an opportunity to rethink the model of development in Asia for growth to become more inclusive and sustainable. Issues that need to be more carefully considered include:
- Closing the gap of dualistic labor markets
- Building up social protection systems
- Rationalizing social expenditures
- Addressing urban poverty through slum upgrading
- Promoting rural development through food security programs in pro-poor growth potential areas
- Concentrating climate change interventions on generating direct benefits for the environments of the poor
About the authors
Contributions in the book came from distinguished experts affiliated to think tank institutions in the region and international development partner organizations. The book was edited by Armin Bauer and Myo Thant from ADB.
- Table of Contents
- Section I: The Impact
- Section II: Labor and Gender
- Section III: Migration and Remittances
- Section IV: Responses
- Section V: The Environments of the Poor