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Finance sector development, Health, Information and Communications Technology

Fintech’s pandemic-related boost to financial inclusion, MSME resilience, and women’s empowerment in Asia

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Fintech has been instrumental in helping to sustain businesses and households during the COVID-19 pandemic, with scope to be an integral driver of sustainable economic development in the post-pandemic era.

Governance and public sector management, Urban development

Land value capture mechanism provides opportunity for sustainable urbanization in developing Asia

Land value capture methods can fill budget gaps in infrastructure projects while promoting sustainable transit-oriented development.

Health, Information and Communications Technology

Servitization of digital technologies to advance health inclusion in developing countries

Rectifying the uneven distribution of healthcare remains key to reducing health inequity.

Governance and public sector management, Health, Social development and protection

Prioritizing the fight against cancer in Asia in a post-COVID-19 world

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health system resilience around the world.

Economics, Finance sector development

What can the quality of institutions tell us about macrofinancial resilience in Asia?

Asia has made substantial progress on economic development over the past 3 decades, with the quality of institutions playing an important role.

Climate change, Environment, Governance and public sector management

Ocean governance and blue finance for revitalizing the blue economy

The impacts of climate change, marine pollution, unsustainable fishing, and rapid, unsustainable coastal development are threatening ocean ecosystems and jeopardizing small island nations and other developing coastal economies.

Finance sector development, Gender

Global survey points to progress on financial inclusion but stubborn gender gaps in Asia

Asia has seen steady overall progress on financial inclusion, but gender gaps are still growing in some countries.

Energy, Governance and public sector management

Reimagining South Asia’s electricity system amid growing energy market volatility

Regional collaboration can help to alleviate South Asia’s energy security challenges, which have been compounded by rising oil and gas prices, inflation, prospective food deprivation, and food protectionism.

Industry and trade, Transport

Rail routes offer boost to India–Bangladesh cross-border trade

The limited operation of land ports during the pandemic has increased demand for the transport of goods through railways.

Education, Social development and protection

Preparing Southeast Asia’s youth to enter the digital economy

Despite more jobs being created in the digital economy, Southeast Asian youth face a lack of preparedness coupled with a drop in employment due to the pandemic.