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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries
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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries are reviewed in this study. These countries have sought to reduce dependence on out-of-pocket payments, increase pooled health finance, and expand services, stepping towards universal coverage. The author underlines that expanding coverage of good-quality services and ensuring adequate human resources are important to achieve universal coverage.

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Transforming forest conflicts in Asia-Pacific: A capacity development approach
S. Kane / The Centre for People and Forests, 2015
Asia-Pacific is a forest conflict hotspot as too often forest governance and management excludes the interests and values of local and indigenous people, who see their rights increasingly diminished as the allocation of forestland to ...
The potential of ACP countries to participate in global and regional value chains: a mapping of issues and challenges
P. Draper; A. Freytag; S. Fricke / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
In the literature on the impact of GVCs on developing and emerging economies, there is a consensus that participation in these networks is crucial for securing enhanced access to markets and knowledge networks, as well as new opportun...
ASEAN-India economic relations: opportunities and challenges
Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2014
India-ASEAN relations have witnessed remarkable growth in recent years. At the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in 2012 in New Delhi, relations were levated to a Strategic Partnership. Relations have also received new momentum under t...
The 3As: Tracking resilience across BRACED
A.V. Bahadur; K. Peters; E. Wilkinson; F. Pichon; K. Gray; T. Tanner / Overseas Development Institute, 2015
Resilience is generally understood as the ability of systems to function in the face of disturbance (Holling, 1973). There has been a substantial push to operationalise this concept to reduce the vulnerability of marginalised communit...
The recalibration of middle powers under conditions of stress and opportunity
A. Cooper / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Today’s global environment puts pressure on the so-called middle-power countries to project their identity and national interests. The current paper shows that middle powers have chosen different approaches to reinforce their id...
Testing climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices in Southeast Asia: a manual for priority setting
R. Vernooy; A. Bertuso; B. Vinh Le / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2015
This manual offers a series of principles and a step-by-step process to facilitate participatory process leading to the selection of promising climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices. The principles and process ai...
Climate change, food security, and socioeconomic livelihood in Pacific Islands
M.W. Rosegrant; R. Valmonte-Santos; T. Thomas; L. You; C. Chiang / Asian Development Bank, 2015
This study focuses on the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. It concludes that climate change will likely have significant negative impacts and that the islands need to inve...
Fighting against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU): successes from ACP countries
L. Mfolo; I. Boto / Small Island Economies - CTA Brussels, 2014
Combatting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) has emerged as a regional and national priority in the European Union and the ACP, and is increasingly the subject of collaboration in the context of both EU and ACP relatio...
Building resilience of SIDS through agricultural trade and agribusiness development
I. Boto; L. Mfolo; J. Pfund / Small Island Economies - CTA Brussels, 2014
Small islands face a greater risk of marginalisation due to the combined adverse consequences of their small size, remoteness from large markets and high economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control. T...
Agricultural resilience in the face of crisis and shocks
I. Boto (ed); R. Pandya-Lorch (ed) / Small Island Economies - CTA Brussels, 2013
Disaster risk can increase or decrease over time according to a country’s ability to manage its vulnerability and risk governance capacities. In recent decades, countries in all regions have strengthened their capacities to redu...
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