[[tweetable]]Economic progress in East Asia and Pacific (EAP) has greatly contributed to the global reduction of extreme poverty. The more prosperous countries in the region – China, Thailand, and…

Judy Yang |

A young woman is selling products on-line. Photo: Xubei Luo/World Bank China’s rapid development of e-commerce has begun to reshape production and consumption patterns as well as change people’s…

Xubei Luo |

The Philippines’ economy has been booming since 2010, growing over 6% per year on average. The country is one of the top performers in the East Asia Pacific region, and its impressive economic…

Rong Qian |

Malaysia’s journey towards becoming a high-income nation will become more meaningful if all Malaysians are given the opportunity to share the benefits of prosperity. Photo: World Bank/Samuel Goh…

Kenneth Simler |

When the Bank did its first social assistance public expenditure review in Indonesia in 2012, the diagnosis was clear. Despite spending significant amount of resources in “welfare”, most of them…

Pablo Acosta |

An elderly man waits for medicine at a hospital counter in Thailand. Photo: Trinn Suwannapha/World Bank Thailand recently announced that it will put into action a national social assistance…

Philip O’Keefe, Ulrich Zachau |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Also available in: Myanmar (.pdf)   Struggles over land in Myanmar have been a defining characteristic of the country’s six decades of armed conflict.   In the past, government acquired lands for…

Anna Wellenstein |

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 |

This blog is part of a series produced to commemorate End Poverty Day (October 17), focusing on China – which has contributed more than any other country to global poverty reduction – and its…

Sitie Wang |