The word "convenience" in the single-use plastics context, needs urgent redefinition, especially in the East Asia region where several countries top the list in terms of plastics leaking…

Özgül Calicioglu |

Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

I witnessed how in a melding of the old and new, the World Bank is working with the Indonesian government to deliver better basic services through the convergence of three elements: the tradition…

Benoît Bosquet |

Indonesia has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, growing to be the fourth most populous country in the world and more than halving poverty from the turn of the century until today. However,…

Juul Pinxten, Steisianasari Mileiva |

New World Bank report titled “Time to ACT: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential” explores Indonesia’s urbanization in terms of prosperity, inclusiveness, and livability. It introduces a new…

Frederico Gil Sander, Mark Roberts, Sailesh Tiwari |

In Indonesia, the current state of human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives—does indeed demand significant attention. Indonesia’s score on the…

Camilla Holmemo |

Around 40 percent of the world’s stunted children live in South Asia, yet public policy and financing to address it has been insufficient. SAFANSI held a knowledge-sharing event on stunting where…

Hera Diani |

In rural Indonesia, rice accounts for almost one-quarter of the total expenditures of the poor. However, food prices have been on a rollercoaster ride because of unreliable production data.

Maria Monica Wihardja, Mohamad Ikhsan |

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

Victoria Kwakwa |