Despite Asia’s rapid growth, vast sections of its population still live in poverty and suffer hunger and other forms of deprivation. Merely relying on Asia’s growth will not help the deprived see a better future in their lifetimes. Ways must be found to make growth more inclusive combined with proactive public action to bring substantial improvements in the lives of Asia’s deprived people.
This book is written by a set of experts who have been working long on reducing various aspects of human deprivations in Asia. It begins with a discussion of the massive dimensions of deprivations that continue to exist in Asia. Although many countries have adopted inclusive growth strategies to enable the benefits of growth to reach the poor, much more needs to be done to make growth processes more broad based and beneficial to all. The book points to essential action needed to bring this about.
The book also emphasizes the crucial role of determined, target driven public action if Asia’s deprived populations are to see substantial improvement in their lives. Practical measures to tackle problems of hunger, unemployment, gender discrimination, ill health, lack of quality basic education, inadequate access to clean water and basic sanitation are each discussed. The problems of the urban poor and migrants who continue to flock to Asia’s cities are also highlighted. The book also emphasizes the need for an appropriate environment for public action to succeed including strong participatory institutions, effective governance, social protection and regional cooperation.
1. Asia's Burden of Human Deprivations, S. Chatterjee and Divya S. Ramchand 2. Strengthening Inclusive Growth to Reduce Extreme Poverty and other Social Deprivations, S. Chatterjee 3. Progress Toward the Millennium Development Goals, Harumi Shibata, Jan Smit, and Yanghong Zhang 4: Asia’s Progress in Eliminating Poverty with Special Reference to the People's Republic of China and India, Guanghua Wan, Cuiping Zhu, and S. Chatterjee 5. Ending Hunger in Asia and the Pacific, S.Chatterjee, Amitava Mukherjee, Raghbendra Jha, and Vivian Francisco 6: The Quality of Primary Education, Sheldon Shaeffer 7: Skills and Youth in a Growing Asia, Brahm Prakash and S. Chatterjee 8: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Asia – the Unfinished Agenda, Eugenia McGill 9. Health, Ian Anderson, Indu Bhushan, and Patricia Moser 10. Water and Sanitation, K.E. Seetharam and Mingxuan Fan 11: Migration and Slums in Urban Asia, Belinda Yuen 12Social Safety Nets in Indonesia and the Philippines, M. Ramesh 13. Enhancing Governance of Public Services Delivery, Vinay Bhargava 14. Voice, Participation and Development in Asia, Raza Ahmad and S. Chtterjee 15. Regional Quest for Inclusive Growth, Cyn-Young Park 16. Asia's Future Development Agenda, S. Chatterjee