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Crisis X: Is Asia ready to face the next pandemic?
By Benedict Cheong. Posted April 1, 2022
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of collaboration among governments and stakeholders to better prepare for the next unknown crisis.
Fashion industry SMEs look to new strategies to overcome pandemic impacts
By Bagas Adhika Putra and Pitchaya Sirivunnabood. Posted March 24, 2022
The fashion industry employs millions worldwide, but its SMEs have faced unprecedented challenges and a widening digitalization gap during the pandemic.
Call in the social science cavalry for post-pandemic recovery
By Francesco Obino and Edgard Rodriguez. Posted March 9, 2022
Asian governments and social scientists need to work together to respond to the pandemic and its aftermath.
Building public trust for managing the pandemic’s psychological impacts in the Philippines
By Nina Dela Cruz and Raymond Gaspar. Posted January 21, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the psychological and social well-being of many Filipinos. Stay-at-home orders have left many in isolation and experiencing feelings of fear and anxiety, largely over economic hardship and uncertainty.
COVID-19’s impact in Asia shapes blueprint for sustainable economic recovery
By John Beirne. Posted October 27, 2021
The economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Asia highlights the importance of entrenching longer-term sustainability and economic resilience into the recovery process. The macroeconomic effects of the pandemic, as well as the impact on firms and households in Asia, are featured in a new ADBI edited book, COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective.
How can the private sector help solve the sanitation challenge?
By Shuki Koga, Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted August 20, 2021
The private sector can play a vital role in solving the sanitation challenge. The following four aspects highlight the importance of private sector participation in sanitation in developing countries, including in Asia.
Lessons for the informal sector from COVID-19
By Alessia Destefanis, Tetsushi Sonobe, Dil Rahut and Jeetendra Prakash Aryal. Posted August 13, 2021
The informal sector, which employs over 62% of the global population, is a fundamental source of livelihood for over 2 billion people (ILO 2020). Here, “employment” includes self-employment, and the informal sector refers to the part of the economy that is generally not monitored by a tax authority or other forms of government. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the informal sector accounted for 87.7%, 51.5%, and 55.7% of the population in low-, middle-, and high-income countries, respectively (ILO 2018a).
Rebooting food systems to achieve the unfinished agenda of global food security
By Dil Rahut, Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Tetsushi Sonobe and Navneet Manchanda. Posted July 21, 2021
Food insecurity continues to be a pressing issue worldwide, despite scientific innovation and technological advancements in agriculture. Therefore, food security continues to be at the center of the global development agenda. The burgeoning demand for food due to exponential growth in the world’s population and the mismatch between demand and supply due to factors such as climate change, loss of soil fertility, land degradation, water scarcity, food loss and waste, and inefficient distribution systems, have exacerbated the problem of food insecurity.
Remittance inflows giving resilience to Bangladesh’s rural economy amid COVID-19
By Abdul Malek, Hoa Truong and Tetsushi Sonobe. Posted July 13, 2021
While the World Bank has identified Bangladesh as one of only three big economies that had increases in remittance inflows in 2020, along with Pakistan and Mexico (Ratha et al. 2020), and remittances have long made up a substantial share of people’s income in the country, preliminary results from a recent study supported by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) finds surprising resilience for remittance inflows into the rural economy during the first wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Bangladesh.
Top journal articles on sanitation reveal new policy insights
By Fangqi Qu, Ma. Laarni Revilla and KE Seetha Ram. Posted May 7, 2021
An examination of the published journal articles on development economics reveals a striking pattern—very few are devoted to the analysis of sanitation interventions and development. In a recent systematic review of all sanitation-related articles from the top-12 highest-ranking journals on development economics (Revilla et al. 2021), we attempt to understand the linkages between sanitation and development based on current qualitative and quantitative empirical work.
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