Latest Publications

This policy note focuses on reforms to increase labor productivity, health care services for an aging population, and measures to face the increasing dependency ratio.

This issue discusses how a regional inventory of polluted sites can lead to better information and higher awareness among policy makers and development partners about the scope of, and possible solutions to toxic waste problems.

Information and communication technology facilitates the efficient delivery of health care services to rural communities.

This paper documents the effects of district education policies on student learning in Indonesian primary schools.

The paper analyzes the impact on the poor and the nonpoor of three major categories of social protection programs: social insurance, social assistance, and the labor market.

The objective of this paper is to provide analysis on the gender dimensions of social protection in Asia and the Pacific. This analysis will help policy makers consider and incorporate gender issues in developing and expanding social protection policies, strategies, and programs.

Increasing cigarette taxes can bring about substantial fiscal, health, and poverty impacts in the People’s Republic of China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

This brief gives an overview of women’s entrepreneurship in the region, and describes (i) how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to support business activity and overcome challenges specific to women, (ii) the barriers preventing women from enjoying the full benefits associated with ICT, and (iii) the methodology used for the regional study.

The document focuses on gender equality and women’s position in Bhutan and aims to provide the government and its development partners with a practical resource to support gender mainstreaming.

This paper discusses how land acquisition and resettlement in Afghanistan during road infrastructure planning, design, and implementation can be improved.