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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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Australia’s policy priorities in a global era
M. Beeson / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Australian policymakers face competing economic and strategic priorities. Increasingly, Australia’s economic future is closely tied to relations with its East Asian neighbours. However, at a regional level it has simultaneously ...
Helpdesk Report: Comparisons of outcomes of formal primary schooling and non - formal education in Asia
J. Pennells / Department for International Development, UK, 2010
This Helpdesk response includes articles on education in Asia. Substantial evidence is lacking on the comparable effectiveness of non formal education versus formal primary schooling in terms of the learning achievements, employment o...
Do Barangays Really Matter in Local Services Delivery?: Some Issues and Policy Options
A. Layug / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
This paper is borne out of the need to address the scarcity of evidence-based studies on barangay financing. It analyzes and evaluates key issues on financing of devolved functions at the barangay level, with particular focus on fund ...
Labor Policies and Philippine Companies: Analysis of Survey Opinions
G. Sicat / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
This paper analyzes the responses from a survey of Philippine companies concerning labor market policies, such as minimum wage-setting process, hiring and firing practices, training, and holidays. These policies have gained wide accep...
Communicating and Using Seasonal Climate Forecasts: a Challenge Crossing National, Organizational, and Disciplinary Boundaries
P. Hayman; J. Liguton / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
The papers in this special issue come from the project "Bridging the gap between seasonal climate forecasts (SCFs) and agricultural decisionmakers in the Philippines and Australia" funded by the Australian Centre for International Agr...
El Niño Southern Oscillation in the Philippines: Impacts, Forecasts, and Risk Management
F. Hilario / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
The climate of the Philippines is highly influenced by the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO). El Nino is associated with an increased chance of drier conditions and La Nina is associated with an increased chance of wetter conditions...
Assessing the Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasts on Farm-level Corn Production through Simulation Modeling
C. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
Rainfall variability greatly influences corn production. Thus, a skillful forecast is potentially of value to the farmers because it could help them make a number of crop management decisions including crop choice, variety selection, ...
Have Islamic banks been more resistant than conventional banks to the 2007-2008 financial crisis?
K. Bourkhis; M.S. Nabi / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
The recent global financial crisis has induced a series of failures of many conventional banks; in this context, many economists advocate for the return to narrow banking and/or for favouring the development of Islamic banking, suppos...
Japan's role in the Cambodian peace settlement (1977-1993)
K.V. Kesavan / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2011
The importance of Japan's role in Cambodia's peace settlement lies in the fact that it was one of the earliest political tasks Tokyo undertook in a region which had been known for its antipathy to Japan arising from the trauma of the ...
Japan and ASEAN: changing security dynamics
K.V. Kesavan / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2011
Southeast Asia has been one of the key components of Japan's foreign policy in the post-Cold War period. It is one region where Japan's diplomacy has accomplished considerable success in coming to terms with the challenges posed by th...
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