Op-Eds and Opinion

Three decades of high economic growth in [the Republic of] China have served to lift millions of people out of poverty. But, at the same time, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened sharply, threatening welfare, social stability, and...

The last three years will be remembered for deadly climate-related disasters, among them the great floods in Thailand in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in the United States in 2012 and Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. The message for...

Farmers on the Philippine island of Samar are used to typhoons. In East Asia, the archipelago receives the bulk of these powerful Pacific storms, and Samar, in the country's mid-section, lies on a straight line west of their typical...

Extreme floods and storms are becoming more frequent: Their incidence rose five fold globally in the last decade compared with the 1970s. Asia is at the sharp end of this trend, which has alarming consequences for human welfare and enormous...

Just four years after the end of the 30-year civil conflict that had impeded developmental progress, Sri Lanka is focused on policies that could speed economic growth and steer around the middle-income trap, a predicament countries might face...

The frequency and severity of natural disasters are on the rise worldwide, with Pacific countries experiencing some of the most damaging ones in recent decades. The importance of disaster risk management and the part played by climate change...

Environmental goals hardly attracted attention in national economic agendas during Asia's heady charge for growth 20 years ago. But, as the costs of environmental destruction and climate change mount, the economic plans of [the People's...

For all the controversy around it, the breathtaking scope of India's food security scheme for nearly two-thirds of the population sends a powerful message across developing Asia. The region leads the world in the pace of economic growth, yet...

Imagine three typhoons with the force of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” hitting the National Capital Region in a single rainy season, or Mindanao, which until recently was thought to be largely off the path of extreme storms. Such a...

A GLOBAL debate is in full swing over what should replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) once they expire in 2015. For Asia, this discussion could not have come too soon, as all evidence suggests that it will take a significant...

With the Millennium Development Goals expiring in 2015, a global debate is underway for a new development agenda to replace them. For Asia, the agenda must in part tackle the unfinished task of poverty reduction under the MDGs ― but also...

Economic growth is front-page news everywhere. But experience tells us that the link between income and human development is far from assured. Worldwide, countries with similar per capita incomes have had quite different achievements in basic...

The economy of the Philippines stands out for its relatively robust 6.6-percent growth in 2012 amid lackluster economic growth in most places around the world. The crucial question, however, is how the country can sustain this performance to...

The striking reduction in extreme poverty over the past two decades is in good measure a reflection of [People's Republic of] China’s ability to lift some 500 million people above the poverty line. But this progress begs the question...