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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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“Steady state” growth rates are bounded below by zero, and historical observation on the economically leading countries suggests 2% annum as an upper bound. However, the current paper indicates that the variance in decadal...
The political settlement and economic growth in Cambodia
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Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands
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Literature on post-conflict stability and security has increasingly focused on the role of “strong enough” or “inclusive enough” political settlements in transitions from conflict and institutional fragility, a...
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will define the priorities of the UN’s development agenda beyond 2015. But the reality of climate change impacts will render these aspirational goals almost impossibly challenging for the...
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