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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries
Doctor examining x-ray
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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White paper on China's foreign aid - highlights
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In April 2011, the Information Office of China's State Council released the country's first White Paper on China's Foreign Aid which seeks to outline China's official aid policies, principles and practices. While noting China's positi...
Public stockpiling of rice in Asia Pacific
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The public stockpiling of staple grains is one of the earliest strategies used to mitigate food supply instability. After many millennia, it remains an important aspect, if not the cornerstone of many national food policies around the...
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This working paper from the ODI suggests Asian countries are emerging as leaders in clean energy with new business models that meet the needs of poor people within poor countries. Countries in the region are also highly vulnerable to ...
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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 2016
Asia and the Pacific is a dynamic region. Regional megatrends, such as urbanization, economic and trade integration and rising incomes and changing consumption patterns, are transforming its societies and economies while multiplying t...
World trade and development report: mega regionals, WTO and new issues
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With the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, the efforts for trade liberalisation and strengthening of multilateral trading arrangement have come to a full circle. What started in 1995 with graduation from GATT to WTO has com...
Sentinel Asia: A space-based disaster management support system in the Asia-Pacific region.
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The Sentinel Asia initiative was established in 2005, as a collaboration between regional space agencies and disaster management agencies, applying remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies to assist disaster management in the Asia-Paci...
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Tropical cyclone signals: part 2
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Tropical cyclone signals: bracing for the wind - part 1
Philippine Institute for Development Studies 2005
The term tropical cyclone is called hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, cyclone over the Indian Ocean and typhoon over the Pacific Ocean which includes the Philippines. However it is known, though, what matters is knowing an incoming t...
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