For Malaysia to revitalize its economy, now is the time to put in place stronger social protection systems for its most vulnerable groups, adopt bold reforms, and emerge stronger in the wake of…

Ndiamé Diop |

Malaysia is no stranger to external shocks affecting its macroeconomy. This latest global COVID-19 crisis is particularly unique given the context in which it emerged and the dual threats it poses…

Firas Raad |

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 |

Second Annual Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition High-Level Assembly. Photo: World Bank When the world united around the historic Paris climate agreement, in 2015, the message was clear: It’s…

Catherine McKenna, Feike Sijbesma |

In the past several decades Malaysia has witnessed strong economic growth and has become one of Asia’s newly industrialized countries. In one generation it transitioned successfully from low to…

Smita Kuriakose |

Have you ever felt like you are in a race and each time you pass another competitor, more keep showing up ahead on the race track in an endless marathon? Well, countries striving to be competitive…

Laura Altinger |

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 |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |