1st Edition

Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia

    308 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Asia has long been a testing ground for efforts to augment financial and social security by developing assets that may support individuals and households and contribute to long-term social development. Rapid growth in the number and breadth of asset-based social policies has prompted Asian scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to share lessons from current efforts and chart future directions.

    This book offers a unique collection of macro- and micro-level analyses on asset-based social development and compares and contrasts national social policies across the Asia Pacific region. Many asset-building policies and programmes have been undertaken in Asia, and innovative proposals continue to emerge. The contributions in this book present and assess this broad, often nuanced, and evolving landscape, and offer an insightful analysis of the evolution of asset-building policies, innovative programmes in rural populations, asset-based interventions to facilitate the development and well-being of children, as well as case studies on new, ground-breaking asset-building projects.

    Asset-Building Policies and Innovation in Asia will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Asian social policy, social welfare, social development and social work.

    Introduction, Michael Sherraden, Li Zou, Hok Bun Ku, Suo Deng, and Sibin Wang Part I: Asset-Building Policies 1. Housing Policy and Asset Building: Exploring the Role of Home Ownership in East Asian Social Policy, James Lee 2. Australian Superannuation: An Example of Asset Building in Practice, Ross Clare 3. Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund and Social Security, Siew-Yong Yew 4. Asset-Based Policies in Korea: Expansion, Challenges, and Future Directions, Chang-Keun Han and Youngmi Kim 5. A Comparative Study on Asset-Building Policy Diffusion in Korea and Taiwan, Li Zou, Li-Chen Cheng, Eunlye Lee, Ciwang Teyra, Chun-yi Chen, and Sung Suk Song 6. The Evolution of Singapore’s Social Security System, Tan Tai Yong and Ho Kong Chong 7. Can Singapore’s Central Provident Fund Still Meet Retirement Income Needs?, Kok-Hoe Ng Part II: Asset Building and Diverse Populations 8. A Review of Features and Outcomes of the Hong Kong Child Development Fund, Charles C. Chan, Simon M.K. Lai, Eddie C.W. Ng, and Wendy S.Y. Lau 9. Savings Accounts for Youth: Initial Findings from Nepal, Sharad Sharma, Li Zou, Lissa Johnson, YungSoo Lee, and Gyanesh Lama 10. Financial Access and Economic Participation of Youth with Disabilities in China: An Exploratory Study, Suo Deng and Yu Meng 11. Asset Poverty and Happiness in Urban China, Jin Huang 12. The Hutubi Model: What Have We Learned?, Baorong Guo, Xincai Guo, and Li Zou13. Rebuilding Cultural Assets in an Ethnic-Minority Village in Yunnan Province, China, Hok Bun Ku 14. Asset Building and Livelihood Rebuilding in Post-Disaster Sichuan, China, Wai-fong Ting 15. Social Innovations on Land Use in Rural China: An Asset-Based AnalysisDeyu Zhao and Minchao Jin 16: Asset-Building Innovations: Section I: A savings-led HIV-prevention intervention for women engaging in sex work in Mongolia, Toivgoo Aira, Susan S. Witte, Laura Cordisco Tsai, Marion Riedel, and Fred M. Ssewamala Section II: An asset-building pilot for vulnerable children: Light of Hope Saving Program in Lamphun Province, Thailand, Wimonmat Srichamroen Section III:Asset building for home ownership in the Nong Kaem Community, Thailand, Parichart Valaisathien 17. Reflections and Conclusions, Michael Sherraden


    Michael Sherraden is George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work and Director, Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

    Li Zou is International Director and Director of the Global Assets Project, Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

    Ben Hok-bun Ku is Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Suo Deng is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University, China.

    Sibin Wang is Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University, China.