Straight Talk from Development Experts
Retail bonds provide stability, attract individual investors, and support financial literacy in Asia's growing bond market.
Despite the increasing significance of regional integration, limited empirical evidence exists to compute and measure its levels using digital and sustainable development dimensions and related indicators in the member economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Centra
Countries can narrow economic and social inequalities, and deliver on long-term commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights, by prioritizing universal health care.
Singapore has a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and develops technology-based startups.
A startup based in Hong Kong, China has developed a circular economy model for a plastic waste solution that promises to transform the buildings sector.
Cambodia is about to graduate from least developed country status. It should accelerate trade reforms to address the challenges its new status will bring.
Ttareungyi Bike, Seoul’s public share bike network, was officially launched in 2015, after a year of pilot operations. Since then, it has had enormous impact in terms of relieving traffic congestion and mitigating emissions.
Hong Kong, China’s system and prudent approach to fiscal policy are two of the pillars of its success. Despite this, population aging and climate change will require effective tax reforms to ensure fiscal sustainability but also continued competitiveness—an all-too-common challenge for economies across the region.
A safe work environment and women’s economic autonomy are drivers of growth and good development. They also protect girls and women from violence.
Sexual and gender minorities, sometimes identified under the umbrella terms SOGIESC and LGBTQI+, have special needs in terms of sanitation. Many of these can be met with some basic actions by governments and the private sector in Asia and the Pacific.