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 |

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 |

Recent research points out that adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools improves school attendance, health and cognitive development of students, nurtures better WASH habits,…

Christian Borja-Vega, Rosemary Rop, Sanyu Lutalo, Libbet Loughnan |

The ASEAN Green Bonds Standards are a big step forward towards more green investments in the region. Photo: bigstock/jamesteoh Climate change poses a significant threat to the economic development…

Ashraf Arshad, José de Luna-Martínez |

Photo: bigstock/ f9photos Income growth is not the sole aim of economic development. An equally important, albeit harder to quantify objective is a sense of progress for the entire community, and …

Victoria Kwakwa |

This blog is co-authored with Lawrence Haddad,  Executive Director, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)Other co-authors: Beatrice Montesi, GAIN  Martin P. Gambrill, The World Bank …

Claire Chase |

The green sukuk, or Islamic bond, is a big step forward to fill gaps in green financing. Proceeds are used to fund environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects such as solar farms in…

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

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 |

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 |