Inflation, Capital Inflows: Asia and the challenges of success in 2011

Anoop Singh

To mark the beginning of a new year, we’re going to look at the prospects for one of the world’s most dynamic regions. If the words good crisis are a contradiction in terms, then Asia has had, if not a good crisis, then at least an extremely good recovery. It topped the global growth tables over the last year, and Asia is expected to hold that lead position in 2011. Anoop Singh, the IMF’s head of the Asia and Pacific Department is optimistic about the prospects for the region. But before looking ahead he casts an eye back on the year just ended. IMF’s Hyun-Sung Khang asked Mr. Singh what was behind Asia’s strong performance:

UNICEF continues post-flood assistance in Pakistan

Girl students in Pakistan

Girl students in Pakistan

Six months after floods hit Pakistan, submerging one-fifth of the land mass and affecting up to 20 million people, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) is continuing to assist victims of the most complex disaster it’s ever faced. Dianne Penn spoke to Patrick McCormick from UNICEF who was in Pakistan shortly after the floods. He’s optimistic about the progress so far, but says much work lies ahead.

Asian soccer in fight against hunger

Poverty alleviation through poultry farming in Sri Lanka

Fans at three soccer matches of the Asian Cup being played in Qatar are being encouraged to fight against hunger and poverty. It’s hoped the “Match Day against Hunger” will raise awareness of global hunger and persuade governments to focus more attention on the issues. The matches have been targeted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, or FAO and the Asian Football Confederation. I asked Edgardo Valenzuela from FAO about the event. 

Producer/Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

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