Publications

1 Apr 2009
Books

Responding to the current economic and financial crisis, which severely affects global trade, is an unprecedented challenge for policymakers of the Asia-Pacific region. The severity and speed of the downturn was largely unpredicted and has triggered widespread populist pressure on governments to protect national markets and jobs through protectionist measures.

1 Apr 2009
Flagship publications and book series

This discussion paper provides an overview of the project “Building Capacity for Community-based Treatment and Continuing Care of Young Drug Users in the Greater Mekong Subregion”, which was implemented over the period 2002-2008 in Yunnan Province, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The document reviews the project’s activities, achievements and challenges in the context of efforts to divert young drug users from compulsory treatment to community care by means of capacity building, generating greater awareness and advocacy work.

31 Mar 2009
Flagship publications and book series

Asia-Pacific economies have been hit once again by a financial crisis. On 15 September 2008, the American investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering an extraordinary downward spiral in confidence and financial turmoil. It was also the day when the crisis truly hit Asia-Pacific shores, spreading beyond its equity markets and posing the greatest threat to the region’s development since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.

2 Mar 2009
Journals

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.

2 Mar 2009
Journals

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.

1 Mar 2009
Flagship publications and book series

This document reviews progress made in the Asian and Pacific region in line with international commitments, with particular attention to the Universal Access targets developed for low and concentrated epidemic countries in Asia and the Pacific through regional and civil society consultations in 2006. Based on these findings, the paper also reviews the main challenges and identifies ways forward in scaling up the response to HIV.

1 Mar 2009
Books

The Directory of trade and investment-related organizations of developing countries and areas in Asia and the Pacific provides information on over 300 trade and investment promotion organizations that are crucial to trade and investment development in the region. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order and by country.

27 Feb 2009
Working paper series

This paper reports on the geographic extension of the Human Development Index from 177 (a several-year plateau in the United Nations Development Programme's HDI) to over 230 economies, including all members and associate members of ESCAP. This increase in geographic coverage makes the HDI more useful for assessing the situations of all economies – including small economies traditionally omitted by UNDP's Human Development Reports.

1 Feb 2009
Flagship publications and book series

Poverty and ill-health have a cause-effect relationship in that the poor are often denied access to appropriate health care, thus increasing chances of ill-health. This in turns limits their ability to engage in productive activities. With a large number of people lacking access to basic health care in the Asian and Pacific region, greater efforts are needed to achieve universal coverage.

30 Jan 2009
Working paper series

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are often advocated as an effective mechanism for delivering water and sanitation services. At the same time it is argued that in developing countries the private sector lacks the incentives to extend services to the poor and that PPPs may only be able to improve services for the better-off. This paper briefly analyses the difficulties of reaching the poor through PPPs and tries to define a model of PPPs that are specifically designed to serve the poor.

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