About the book
The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The Asian development experience has stood out as an extraordinary example of what can be achieved when policymakers, experts, scholars and people at large harness their creativity, knowledge and foresight. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners for use by a variety of stakeholders. Over the years, the Journal has emerged as a key United Nations publication to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.