Despite rapid progress on the reduction of poverty, particularly in China and India, the Asia Pacific region is still home to two-thirds of the developing world’s poor. Development invariably means change, and that involves compromises between traditional and contemporary ideas. Therefore, achieving positive and broad-based development results in any country involves a slow process of social change that is both multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. The world is changing rapidly with increasing trends of urbanization, aging populations, a changing international political and economic order and globalization amongst many other transformative processes.
ISDP assists partners to access knowledge, resources and experience in order to strengthen their development plans and policies so as to improve the lives of their people. As such, ISDP is engaged in research on development issues (poverty, human rights and internally displaced people), government-to-government policy dialogue, holds and organizes capacity building programs for key sectors (such as land reform, crisis prevention and recovery, resource and agricultural development) within developing countries, acts as a hub for South-South and North-South dialogue on development issues and enables inter-cultural exchanges to promote change.
Uzbekistan’s New Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity under New Leadership
Executive Summary Since Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991, its government has sought to maximize its national security and sovereignty by limiting dependence on foreign actors. This priority has continued […]
The Great Rejuvenation? China’s Search for a New ‘Global Order’
Executive Summary This Asia Paper explores how China, a ‘partial’ global power, can set the agenda and determine the rules in a global order dominated by a declining yet unyielding […]
A Balancing Act: the 16+1 Cooperation Framework
Since 2012, the 16+1 Cooperation Framework (hereby 16+1) has been the focal point of relations between China and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). However, this initiative is marked by various asymmetries […]
The EU and Central Asia: Expanding Economic Cooperation, Trade, and Investment
Since the independence of the Central Asian states, this landlocked region has taken time to reconnect with the world, including Europe. Twenty-five years ago, many underestimated the diverse challenges – infrastructural, economic, political – that impeded the region’s trade and connectivity with the rest of the world. Yet as trade statistics show, much has been accomplished in a quarter century.
Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC): An India-Japan Arch in the Making?
Summary This paper examines the prospects of the ambitious Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) – a collaborative vision between India and Japan to promote development, connectivity, and cooperation between Africa and […]
Greater Central Asia: China, Russia or Multilateralism?
Chapter in Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia, An Integrated and Regional Perspective, edited by Victor R. Squires, Lu Qi. About the book: Greater Central Asia encompasses a vast area that […]