Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

A mother brings her baby to Mitthaphap Hospital for a checkup. Photo: World Bank Lao PDR
On this Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, it is striking to us, working in Lao PDR’s health sector…

Somil Nagpal, Emiko Masaki |

My visit to Lao PDR this week has convinced me that this nation is moving toward the right path to sustained economic growth, which could lead to less poverty and better lives for all of its…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Nearly 50 years ago, books such as Asian Drama: An Inquiry Into The Poverty Of Nations, by the Swedish economist and Nobel laureate Gunnar Myrdal, offered a dire prediction of famine and poverty…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |

El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

On to Laos….
Last week, I shared the experience from Myanmar’s CDD program and the role it is playing in making the country’s growth more inclusive for all.

Susan Wong |

The author at one of the roads renovated with NT2 funds (2010 rainy season).

Victoria Minoian |

In some villages in Laos, a household of six people live on US$320 a year, living with whatever means their environment offers them.

Nanda Gasparini |