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  • Asia Dialogue - “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    “The New Urban” Publication is Now Released

    Asia Development Dialogue Team

    The development landscape in Asia is changing. As more countries reach middle-income levels, new challenges emerge while old ones evolve, all of which demands increasingly innovative perspectives. The region is experiencing rapid urbanization, ageing populations, increasingly mobile and connected peoples, increased cultural and ethnic diversity, greater vulnerability to macroeconomic shocks, more devastating natural disasters, chronic poverty with widening disparities, a rising middle class and other political transformations that might open the doors for more active citizens, and robust economic growth, which means richer but not necessarily more effective governments. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    Mukta Naik

    In the Indian city of Indore, located 570 kms from Mumbai, Mohan spends his day attending classes at an engineering college and his evenings with his friends. His father owns a small business and he is the first in his family to go to college. His family expects him to get a well-paid job when he graduates. Mohan, aware of how tough the job market is, resents his family’s unreasonable expectations and is desperately seeking a sense of direction. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

    Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

    Nicolas Picard

    An exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are turning to online work, or eWork. A 2014 report on global online work by Elance-oDesk (a merger of two eWork “freelance” platforms) measured over 8 million registered online freelancers and 2 million registered business clients on its two platforms combined. It is predicted that in 2014, $930 million worth of work will be completed on the platform. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Mukta Naik

    The recently concluded 2014 Indian national polls were the largest exercise in democracy in the world. However, while franchise is a well-exercised right in the country of 1.2 billion people and over 800 million voters—60% was the voter turnout in 2009—this doesn’t translate into active citizenship. Nor does it ensure citizens access to basic rights enshrined in the Constitution.

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  • Asia Dialogue - On Equality … of Governance, in Vietnam!

    On Equality … of Governance, in Vietnam!

    Jairo Acuna and Edmund Malesky

    In 2012 Duncan Green, Oxfam’s Global Strategic Adviser and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’, asked the question of “why does everything interesting always seem to come from Vietnam?” He was making reference to the work on building active citizenship and accountability in Vietnam through the annual Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI). Here are three alternative possible reasons. READ MORE