Improving Indonesia’s rice production through improved data collection

Improving Indonesia’s rice production through improved data collection

In rural Indonesia rice accounts for almost one-quarter of the total expenditures of the poor. However, food prices have been on a rollercoaster ride because of unreliable production data, which for decades relied mainly on subjective measures of eye-estimate (relying on no device other than one’s own eyes to measure distances), creating unreliable evidence on […]

AI and big data to reign in Thailand’s galloping HIV infection rate

AI and big data to reign in Thailand’s galloping HIV infection rate

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data offers untapped opportunities for Thailand. In particular it has enormous potential to contribute to ‘Thailand 4.0’, a new value-based economic model driven by innovation, technology and creativity that is expected to unlock the country from economic challenges resulting from previous economic development models (agriculture – Thailand […]

Safeguarding Indonesia’s development from increasing disaster risks (video)

Safeguarding Indonesia’s development from increasing disaster risks (video)

Imagine that you live near one of the 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, threatened by the next eruption that could endanger your family. Imagine that your house stands in one of the most seismically-active zones in the world, or that your family lives in one of the 317 districts with high risks of flooding. This is a reality […]

Childhood stunting: Indonesia sees success from accelerated fight

Childhood stunting: Indonesia sees success from accelerated fight

Salmiah thought she had learned all that she needed to know about raising a healthy child from being a community health worker in Batukliang, Central Lombok, since 2000. But, the mother of three was devastated when she found out that her two-year-old daughter had not grown normally. “Due to lack of healthy food during my […]

Are Free Trade Agreements Malaysia’s Way Out of The Middle-Income Trap?

Are Free Trade Agreements Malaysia’s Way Out of The Middle-Income Trap?

Over the past several decades a strong economy has seen Malaysia rise to become one of Asia’s newly industrialised countries. In one generation it transitioned successfully from low- to upper-middle-income status, due in large part to outward looking policies, trade, and foreign direct investments (FDI) – which contributed to the successful diversification of the economy. […]

Unlocking Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector potential

Unlocking Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector potential

Myanmar’s unusually fertile soils and abundant water source are legendary in Southeast Asia. It is even said that Myanmar has the most favorable agricultural conditions in all of Asia. Almost anything can be grown in the country, from fruits to vegetables, from rice to pulses. Myanmar’s agriculture sector dominates the economy, contributing 38 per cent […]

Weighing The Benefits of The Philippines K-12 Programme

In June approximately 1.5 million children across the Philippines walked through school gates for the first time to attend senior high school under the new Philippines K-12 programme. The Philippines Department of Education (DepEd Philippines) has been gearing up for this moment for several years. The basic education curriculum, from kindergarten to senior high – […]

Policy Changes Helping Reduce Rural Poverty in Myanmar

Policy Changes Helping Reduce Rural Poverty in Myanmar

The changes underway in Myanmar can be felt almost everywhere: in Nay Pyi Taw portraits of Bogyoke Aung San grace the walls of parliament; in Yangon traffic is choking roads while construction cranes dominate the skyline; and across the country ports, airports, and border crossings are booming with trade. Felt almost everywhere that is except […]

Strengthening Lao PDR Financial Systems To Handle Failure

Strengthening Lao PDR Financial Systems To Handle Failure

To function properly a financial system needs to have two doors: an ‘entry’ and an ‘exit’. The first one enables qualified local or foreign institutions to enter the marketplace to provide innovative products and services – such as savings, investments, credits, payments and insurance – to households and firms at competitive prices. The second facilitates […]

Immigrant Labour Could Boost Malaysia’s Economy by 1%

Immigrant Labour Could Boost Malaysia’s Economy by 1%

Malaysia has been able to reach remarkable achievements over the past several decades, including  the eradication of extreme poverty and promotion of inclusive growth. It aims to reach high-income nation status by 2020, something which goes beyond merely reaching a per capita GDP threshold. As the 11th Malaysia Plan points out, the goal is to […]

Indonesia Boosts Public Financial Management With Span

Indonesia Boosts Public Financial Management With Span

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player What cannot be measured, cannot be managed – so the saying goes.  This motto for management also applies, and is even more critical, to a country’s finances. Eager to strengthen its public sector infrastructure, in April 2015 Indonesia launched a new public financial management system that it hopes can usher […]