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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries
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S. Torfinn/ Panos Pictures

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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Collecting Critical Data to Assess the Sustainability of Rural Infrastructure in Low-Income Countries
M.V. Hau / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
States shape development. This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development. The paper argued that state capacity is best approached as a m...
The dynamics of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia
H.J. Roth / Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 2015
The need to establish a proper security structure in the Asia-Pacific Region is often underlined by Western political observers. But the chances for such a structure appear to be much smaller than generally accepted. The reason l...
Grassroots facilitators as agents of change for promoting sustainable forest management: Lessons learned from REDD+ capacity development in Asia
C. Shekhar Silori; K. Wiset; B. Hari Poudyal; T. Vu / The Centre for People and Forests, 2015
This article explores the issues and concerns of grassroots stakeholders with regards to REDD+ policy and program development. The lessons shared here are generated from REDD+ capacity development at grassroots level in South a...
Rural advisory services: What works? A synthesis on innovative approaches for benefiting and empowering farmers
World Agroforestry Centre, 2015
This paper presents an assessment of four types of Rural Advisory Services with two examples – from Africa and Southeast Asia – of successful agroforestry extension programs. The four types are: a) Farmer-to-farmer ...
Developmental states: a review of the literature
L. Routley / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
This paper conducts a review of the literature concerning developmental states, in order to identify gaps and suggest research questions. The paper clarifies that usually, those states identified as developmental states have been succ...
Annotated bibliography on developmental states, political settlements and citizenship formation: towards increased state capacity and legitimacy?
L. Routley / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
Policymakers and academics agree that an effective state is the foundation for inclusive development, whilst also recognising the critical role of non-state actors in the delivery of goods and services to poor people. This compilation...
The rise of emerging Asia: regional peace and global security
M. Kahler / Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2013
The rapid economic rise of China, India, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could have several effects on regional peace and global security. The power transition perspective overstates the risk of conflict that re...
The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence-based review
C. Mcloughlin; R. Batley / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
This paper examines the evidence on the forms of politics likely to promote inclusive social provisioning and enable, as opposed to constrain, improvements in service outcomes. The paper focuses particularly on eight relatively succes...
The politics of aid revisited: a review of evidence on state capacity and elite commitment
A.D. Haan; W. Warmerdam / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
This paper argues for a better empirical insight into how donors interact with formal and informal institutions in the countries where they work, particularly in aid-dependent countries. The paper highlights that it is critical to see...
The politics of rule of law systems in developmental states: ‘political settlements’ as a basis for promoting effective justice institutions for marginalized groups
D. Desai; M. Woolcock / Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, 2012
The rule of law (ROL) can be understood pragmatically as a system that informs people of what to expect from others through durable and enforceable rules applying equally to all constituent members of a given juridical space. This &ld...
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