Tackling development challenges such as climate change and ageing demographics requires an understanding of the many different factors contributing to the problem. Global solutions are not always the answer – local approaches combined with systems thinking can prove more effective, writes veteran management consultant Arun Maira, Chairman of HelpAge International, a global NGO aimed at helping the elderly lead dignified lives.
The Asia-Pacific population has been undergoing dramatic aging, which is transforming the region’s demographic landscape beyond recognition. The region is currently ill-equipped to meet this critical challenge, particularly due to a lack of sound and efficient pension systems.
Air pollution has countless victims—nearly nine out of ten people across the globe breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organization. New research suggests that it even reaches the unborn, moving from a mother’s lungs to the placenta and fetus. Not only does it cause health and economic ill-effects, but it also impacts human cognition.
Victor Mponda- Banda, 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow, says that the G-7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Partnership withers in the policy dialogue but offers powerful lessons in development cooperation. Through the account of Malawi’s experience as a New Alliance country, a reflection is worthwhile.
In his regular column in Japanese publication Diamond Online, Yoshikazu Kato, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Asia Global Institute, explores the implications of the Chinese government's fight against the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic.
China is facing its ultimate test with the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Ananth Krishnan, 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow, gives his take on China’s response to the new virus.