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 |

As a nurse manager assigned to the Taguig City Social Hygiene Clinic and Drop-In Center for more than a year now, I have gone through unpredictable, funny, scary, sad, happy, thrilling and…

Rennan Ocheda |

Photo: Kenneth Pornillos / World Bank Vote buying has shaped much of Philippine politics throughout history. For many politicians, distributing private goods and cultivating patronage to…

Motoky Hayakawa, Rogier van den Brink, Aleksandra Posarac |

Recently I was asked [[tweetable]]what does it take to be a good citizen? [[/tweetable]] As I was coming up with my list, I realized that the basic rules of being a good citizen were taught to me…

Alice Lloyd |

Note: This blog entry was adapted from an original submission for the PPIAF Short Story Contest. It is part of a series highlighting the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in projects and…

Melvin Tan |

  When we think of urban expansion in the 21st century, we often think of ‘sprawl’, a term that calls to mind low-density, car-oriented suburban growth, perhaps made up of single-family homes.…

Chandan Deuskar |

Solar panels on the Tiarra houses in an affordable housing community in Batagas, south of Metro Manila, are expected to contribute to 32 percent savings in energy. Buildings now dot the skyline of…

Maria Teresita Lacerna |

Every minute, dozens of people in East Asia move from the countryside to the city. The massive population shift is creating some of the world’s biggest mega-cities including Tokyo, Shanghai,…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Traffic congestion results in an estimated productivity loss of around PHP2.4 billion ($54 million) a day or more than PHP800 billion ($18 billion) a year. From my house in northern Quezon City, I…

louielimkin |

In the last decade, conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs are probably the key social policy innovation around the world and in the East Asia and Pacific region. The targeted programs offer…

Ariel Fiszbein |