Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific Region

As a follow-up to the 2002 Asia-Pacific Regional Energy and Environment Focal Point meeting in Kuala Lumpur, an Energy Working Group was initiated, with voluntary membership from CO energy focal points, to share experiences and lesson learned. This publication highlights case studies of selectedmore

Enforcing Rights and Correcting Wrongs: Overcoming Gender Barriers in Legal Systems

This paper uncovers barriers to equality in legal systems that restrict human rights along gender lines – patent and latent; and proposes possible ways to redress legal discrimination for accelerating human development. It explores three strategic avenues for simultaneous action. One, fixingmore


Enhancing Security Sector Governance in the Pacific Region: A Strategic Framework

The Pacific region has witnessed violent conflict, civil unrest and political crises. This has led to a growing recognition of the critical role of law enforcement agencies and security institutions. However, in recent years, there have been concerns that these institutions lack capacity to meetmore


Ensuring Inclusion: e-Discussion on Social Protection

This publication is a compilation of the Asia-Pacific Regional Centre initiated online discussion, Ensuring Inclusion: An e-Discussion on Social Protection, held from 7 September to 14 October 2011. In addition to Asia and the Pacific, contributions were received from Africa, Arab States, Europemore


Equality for Women: A Handbook for NHRIs on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This Handbook was inspired by the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held in January 2006 in Manila.    The Handbook has three objectives. First, it offers practical information and ideas that can assist nationalmore


Estimating Sub-National Human Development Indices in the Presence of Limited Information: The Case of Bhutan

This paper attempts innovative ways to estimate sub-national level life expectancy at birth and per capita GDP for Bhutan in order to calculate sub-national HDIs. The estimates, produced for all 20 dzongkhags (provinces), show that human development in all dzongkhags is in the medium range (0.500more


Exchange Rate Management, Growth and Stability: National and Regional Policy Options in Asia

The ability of developing countries to achieve exchange rate stability has been significantly hampered by their deeper integration into international financial markets and increased openness to unstable capital flows. As the study notes, most damaging swings in capital flows have been a result ofmore


Fast Facts: Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme

This document provides an overview of the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme, a regional HIV programme operating in eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The overall goal of the programme is to reduce the impact of, andmore


Financing Local Responses to Climate Change

Asia and the Pacific is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change and the expected impacts are likely to intensify in the future. The region is also a large emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and unless urgent action is taken to curb emissions, this trend willmore


Financing Options of Renewable Energy: The Asia-Pacific Experience

This report is part of a set of three policy studies which builds extensively upon prior work undertaken for the Policy study on Regional Mapping of Options to Promote Private Investments in Alternative Energy Sources for the Poor.   The study reviewed the role of private sector investmentmore