Asia and the Pacific

Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia

This regional HDR is a major step towards bringing ICT to the centre of the development debate. The Report's unique approach lies in its use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)to measure and monitor the impact of ICTs on human development.

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The Report highlights that free trade can benefit the poor of Asia-Pacific if countries adopt bold new policies that harness trade and economic growth to promote people’s well-being. It also highlights the important sub-regional variations in employment performance across the region.

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Corruption has been seen as inevitable – unpleasant and unethical, but probably unavoidable. Now, however, it is increasingly being challenged as unacceptable across Asia and the Pacific.

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The report focuses on the critical question of advancing gender equality, as seen through the prism of women’s unequal power, voice, and rights.

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The first Philippine Report on Human Development and Governance proved to be a powerful advocacy tool leading to a presidential directive that required local governments to devote at least 20 percent of internal revenue to human development priorities.

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The Human Development Report Mongolia 2000 focuses on reorienting the state in modern Mongolia.

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Cambodia's fourth NHDR documents the magnitude of child labor in Cambodia, and attempts to understand the determinants of child labor within the context of the overall labor market in the country. It also explores the links between child labor, human development, and human rights.

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This first National Human Development Report for Bhutan addresses the development of Bhutan since 1961. The country's approach toward the economic development canters on achieving a harmony between economic forces, the environment and spiritual and cultural values.

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This report on fighting human poverty in Bangladesh attempts to describe both income and non-income dimensions of deprivation.

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The central theme of the 2001 Report is human development across the generations. This approach allows an assessment of the consequences of fifteen years of transition, considering different strata of the population and their adaptation to the new socio-economic situation.

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