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Using blockchain to make land registry more reliable in India

The word blockchain often conjures up thoughts of cryptocurrencies, of people dabbling in a seemingly dark art, making tens of millions of dollars.…


Pursuing a new development model to tackle some of the world's toughest challenges

As economies boom in developing countries across the world, and as many of these countries graduate to middle-income country status, the landscape of development is being fundamentally reshaped. We…  


In Ho Chi Minh City, officials look beyond income to find the poor

Far from fudging the stats to make the poverty line appear lower, officials at HCMC have taken great pains to ensure a greater number of people are listed as poor. And this change not only holds great…  


A Bittersweet Birthday

Wouldn’t it have been great, if at 50 we could have closed shop? If we could have said ‘Our work here is done’? For an organization that works on issues such as poverty reduction, 50 just does not…  


Same-same but different: Can Asia’s rapidly growing cities use ‘design thinking’ for better planning and services?

The process of design thinking allows us to critically think through the steps involved in reconstructing something worthwhile that is fit-for-context, and fit-for-purpose. What we hope to accomplish…  


Human development means realizing the full potential of every life

Human development is all about human freedoms: freedom to realize the full potential of every human life, not just of a few, nor of most, but of all lives in every corner of the world—now and in the…  


Why combating corruption in government contracts is key to funding the Sustainable Development Goals

As the world looks for new ways to finance the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, combating corruption in public procurement may trigger a virtuous cycle of ensuring higher quality public…  


How Information and communication technologies help to eradicate poverty

Governments in the Asia-Pacific region have long-recognised the benefits of ICTs and many have encouraged investments in ICT infrastructure resulting into higher internet connectivity.  

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