An effective strategy for financial inclusion considers the provision of services, the regulatory environment, financial literacy levels, and the availability of financial education.
International remittances, or monies and goods sent by migrant workers to their home countries, now represent the second most important source of external funds after foreign direct investment for all developing economies, including those in Asia.
Countries in developing Asia have moved more quickly and in greater numbers to join the ranks of middle-income economies than anywhere else in the world over the past 50 years.
Over the coming decades Asia will rapidly age, governments must prepare for this reality.
The Asia and Pacific region's infrastructure has improved rapidly, but remains far from adequate.
Household-level poverty and development data often masks key inequalities between men and women, particularly when it comes to the control of resources and assets. A new effort is underway to take a closer look.