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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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Enhancing macroeconomic resilience to natural disasters and climate change in the small states of the Pacific
E. Cabezon; L. Hunter; P. Tumbarello; K. Washimi; Y. Wu / International Monetary Fund Working Papers, 2015
This working paper documents a cross-country study assessing the impact of natural disasters on growth in the Pacific islands as a group. A panel panel vector autoregression (VAR) analysis suggests that, for damage and losses e...
Organic agriculture and post-2015 development goals: building on the comparative advantage of poor farmers
Setboonsarng true; A. Markandya / Asian Development Bank, 2015
The book makes an evidence-based case for organic agriculture in developing countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia. It argues that organic agriculture has contributed to several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG...
Building climate-resilient food systems for Pacific Islands
J. Bell; M. Taylor / World Fish Center, 2015
This report focuses on the challenges of climate change and food security for the Pacific Islands. It summarises: 1) the projected effects of climate change on agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific region; 2) ad...
Impact of climate change on Least Developed Countries: are the SDGs possible?
H. Wright; S. Huq; J. Reeves / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2015
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...
Perceptions of dementia in ethnic communities
Alzheimer’s Australia, 2008
There is currently very little research into perceptions of dementia across culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. This resource kit is aimed at helping to develop a better understanding of perceptions of dementia w...
Dementia in the Asia Pacific Region 2014
Alzheimer's Disease International, 2014
The purpose of this document is to promote a greater understanding and awareness of the social and economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias across the countries of the Asia Pacific region. These impacts will be...
Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries
C. Addison; I. Boto; L. Mofolo 2015
The information in this document was compiled as background reading material for the 40th Brussels Development Briefing on “Data Revolution”. It gives an overview of the emergence of new data sources and technologies (the ...
Data mapping on ageing in Asia and the Pacific: analytical report
B. Teerawichitchainan; J. Knodel / HelpAge International Asia, Pacific Regional Development Centre, 2015
Population ageing is an increasingly important demographic, social, and economic issue for researchers and policy makers throughout developing Asia prompting a need for data to monitor change and formulate evidence-based policies. The...
Rice in the Shadow of Skyscrapers: Policy Choices in a Dynamic East and Southeast Asian Setting
D. Dawe; Jaffee S.; Santos N. / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2014
This compendium of policy notes is the result of cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, The World Bank and the International Rice Research Institute. Across Asia, rice is food for the largest segment of t...
Economic and social survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015: making growth more inclusive for sustainable development
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 2015
This report’s key message is that while policy focus on economic growth is necessary, it is not sufficient for achieving development. It argues that policymakers in Asia and the Pacific will need to internalize the aspects of in...
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