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

Victoria Kwakwa |

To boost productivity and go the next mile in its development path, Malaysia must improve its human capital through better learning and nutritional outcomes and social protection programs. (Photo...

Richard Record, Harsha Aturupane |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade...

Sheila Dutta |

A man taking methadone, a synthetic opioid drug that treats heroin addition, at a voluntary treatment center for people who inject drugs in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Sutayut Osornprasop/World Bank)...

Sutayut Osornprasop, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Anita Suleiman |

The Asia-Pacific region, comprised of 58 economies, is geographically expansive and a picture of diversity. The trends for sustainable energy in Asia-Pacific, which mirror the region’s economic...

Sharmila Bellur |

Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank Delivering pension or disability services may sound mundane, but if you have seen the recent award-winning movie,  I, Daniel Blake, it is anything but. As the film...

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti, Aziza Umarova |

For many of us who work in the health sector in Cambodia, the Universal Health Coverage Day in 2016 celebrates the beginning of a new journey. The recent launch of the Health Equity and Quality...

Somil Nagpal |

Ce robinet public dessert 1000 familles à El Alto, en Bolivie. (Photo par Stephan Bachenheimer / Banque mondiale) Les villes secondaires ou petites villes* ne sont généralement pas desservies par...

Fadel Ndaw |

Children and teachers in an early childhood education center in rural Indonesia Photo credit: Amer Hasan Recent studies in neuroscience and economics show that early childhood experiences have a...

Amer Hasan, Nozomi Nakajima |

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 |