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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 national more

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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 (0.500 more

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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 of more

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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 will more

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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 investment more

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Fiscal Decentralisation and Poverty Reduction

This primer is intended to provide an introduction to the main principles of fiscal decentralisation, to examine linkages between poverty reduction and fiscal decentralisation, to briefly describe major comparative experiences, and to clarify UNDP’s approaches and entry points. It should be read in more

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Flying Colours, Broken Threads

The Report discusses the general trend in Asia’s share of US and EU imports of textiles and clothing (T&C) products; deals with some of policy concerns emanating from the recent development in the T&C trade; analyses successful case studies from three countries (Cambodia, Sri Lanka, more

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From Development to Human Development: Tool for Applying the Human Development Perspective

Adopting a human development perspective involves recognition of development as a process beyond economic concerns and beyond a particular sector, to one that respects the choices and freedoms of human beings and seeks to enlarge capabilities and opportunities for all.   This tool aims to more

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From Development to Human Development: Tool for Examining Themes from a Human Development Perspective

This tool helps examining development theme and seeks to develop skills to look at development issues from human development perspective. Adopting a human development perspective involves recognition of development as a process beyond economic concerns to one that respects the choices and freedom more

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Gender Dimensions of Intellectual Property and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

Many countries are taking steps to develop national legislation to protect and promote their traditional knowledge; however, there are growing concerns about the constraints that may be placed on governments as a result of Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights more