As the country gears up to work on its 12th Malaysia Plan, its rich experience in national development planning for the past 60 years provides key lessons to consider.

Deryck Brown, Jeevakumar Govindasamy |

East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Outside the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital of Malaysia. Malaysia sits at an important juncture in development history and the country’s experience is…

Bernard Myers |

Outside the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia where the National Budget Office operates. Malaysia’s experience in ensuring government spending contributes to better public services through reforms…

Bernard Myers |

More and more courts are going digital. But does this improve judicial performance?   Legal literature on ‘e-justice’ seems to think so. So too does the World Development Report, ‘Digital…

Georgia Harley, Agnes Said |

Around the world, development financial institutions help to promote economic growth, support social development and alleviate poverty. Photo: bigstock/Elena Larina Are national development…

José de Luna-Martínez |

Photo: Sasin Tipchai/bigstock Vietnam has a vision. By 2035, it aspires to become a prosperous, creative, equitable and democratic nation. Achieving this ambitious goal has set Vietnam on a path…

Jana Kunicova, Huong Thi Lan Tran |

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 |

Malaysia has been able to reach remarkable achievements over the past decades, including extreme poverty eradication and promotion of inclusive growth. It aims to reach a high-income nation status…

Rafael Munoz Moreno |