by Phil Matsheza
Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), October 2016
Over the last few decades, countries in Asia-Pacific have made tremendous economic progress and witnessed social transformation. The proportion of the population living in extreme poverty decreased from 50 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. Despite this, the region is home to about two-thirds of the world’s poorest people. Inequality and disparities in access to services continue to rise. Gender based discrimination remains high and women’ political participation in the region is less than the global average. This annual report provides a glimpse into the complexity of the issues at hand, and the hard work and dedication of the team behind some of the achievements of the Governance and Peacebuilding team at the Bangkok Regional Hub in 2015.