Independent Evaluation: Op-eds / Opinion

  • April 2015

    Productivity gains key to growth - Vinod Thomas

    Productivity gains were a prominent contributor to worldwide episodes of rapid growth and poverty reduction. But since the global financial crisis, this expansion has been slowing in Asia and other regions of the world.
  • February 2015

    Global accord on climate won’t be enough - Vinod Thomas

    A great deal hinges on a worldwide agreement to reduce carbon emissions at a summit in Paris this year. Some momentum is finally building for securing unified commitments from nearly 200 countries.
  • January 2015

    In one’s own interest - Vinod Thomas

    The Philippines is in a particularly rocky place in the climate challenge. With a less than 1% of the global carbon footprint, the country is a very small contributor to global warming.
  • September 2014

    Impact evaluations to guide policy - Vinod Thomas

    Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision-making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.
  • August 2014

    Asia's transformation through better governance - Vinod Thomas

    Asia is by far and away the global top performer in the pace of economic growth, but it is becoming clear the region can no longer continue pursuing growth at any cost and postpone social inclusion and the environmental care.
  • July 2013

    Preparing better for more frequent natural disasters - Vinod Thomas

    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 scenario would have seemed wildly alarmist just a decade ago, but not any longer.
  • June 2013

    Environment issues hitting the economy - Vinod Thomas

    When the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015, evidence suggests that it will take a significant reordering of priorities for the Asia and Pacific region's high economic growth to continue.
  • June 2013

    A post-2015 agenda for Asia - Vinod Thomas

    With the Millennium Development Goals expiring in 2015, the agenda for Asia must in part tackle the unfinished task of poverty reduction under the MDGs, and confront the newer challenges of income inequality and environmental destruction.
  • May 2013

    Faster progress in education and health - Vinod Thomas

    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 education or basic health.
  • February 2013

    A new growth paradigm - Vinod Thomas

    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 generate far more jobs and reverse the rise in poverty seen in the past decade.