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

Victoria Kwakwa |

While Vietnam’s Human Capital Index is at 0.67 – exceeding the upper-middle-income average – such indexes for ethnic minorities groups are consistently lower.  

Anh Thi Quynh Le, Keiko Inoue |

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on…

Michael Crawford |

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 |

Students from Tran Dai Nghia High School near Can Tho, Vietnam (Photo: D7K_4030 by makzhou, used under CC BY-NC 4.0 / cropped from original) With the release last month of the latest PISA (Program…

Harry A. Patrinos, Amer Hasan, Yilin Pan |

Vietnam: A Healthier Project Is a Brighter Project On a spring morning in 2016, Mrs. Dinh Thi Son of the Thai ethnic minority group brought her two month old baby to the Trung Son Hydropower…

Sang Minh Le |

In 2007, Mongolia’s economy grew at a double digit pace with modest inflation. The slump of the 1990s must have seemed a distant memory in the last full year before the elections in 2008. The…

Jim Anderson |

Today we look at 2006, the 16th year of the 25 year partnership between Mongolia and the World Bank. The economy continued to grow, checking in at 8.6% for the year, as did industry’s share of GDP…

Jim Anderson |

We are reviewing the 25 year partnership between Mongolia and the World Bank, one year at a time, and today we examine 2003.  GDP grew 7.0% that year, the highest growth rate since the transition…

Jim Anderson |

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 |