Resource Series

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Trends

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Trends are prepared by the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. They provide annual updates and forecasts of trends and developments in: (a) intra and inter-regional trade in goods and services; (b) foreign direct investment; (c) trade policy and facilitation measures, including relevant regional trade integration initiatives; as means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Environment and Development Policy Briefs

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ESCAP’s MSME Financing Series

To better understand the challenges of MSMEs to access finance and the key mechanisms and strategies that can help them, ESCAP developed A Framework for Country Studies on MSME Access to Finance in Asia and the Pacific and prepared a series of detailed national studies based on it. So far, studies have been prepared for Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa and Bangladesh. The studies were prepared by independent experts engaged by ESCAP and guided by advisory committees composed of representatives from government departments and agencies, as well as private sector organizations and financial institutions, involved in MSME promotion and financing.
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ESCAP Trade Insights

The ESCAP Trade Insights series summarizes current trade related issues; offers examples of good practice in trade policymaking; and helps disseminate key research findings of relevance to policy. The series is intended to inform both trade and development practitioners and the general public.
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Financing for Development Background Papers

Financing for Development Background Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate on issues such as domestic resources mobilization, financial inclusion, capital market development and public-private partnerships. These papers are issued without formal editing.
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MPFD Policy Briefs

The MPFD Policy Briefs aim at generating a forward-looking discussion among policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders to help forge political will and build a regional consensus on needed policy actions and pressing reforms. Policy Briefs are issued without formal editing.
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Social Development Policy Guides/Briefs

Social Development Policy Guides and Policy Briefs summarize key messages of SDD/ESCAP work on a topic. They are issued time to time as a part of the policy advocacy activities of SDD/ESCAP. They provide policymakers, development partners, donors and United Nations entities, policy lessons to address development challenges facing countries in Asia and the Pacific.
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Social Development Policy Papers

Social Development Policy Papers present research, data and analysis of SDD/ESCAP on evidence-based policies for sustainable development. They are published to provide policymakers, development partners, donors and United Nations entities examples of good practices from countries in Asia and the Pacific.
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Social Development Working Papers

Social Development Working Papers present ongoing research and analysis by ESCAP staff, consultants and other affiliated researchers. They are issued to invite comments and to stimulate the debate on socio-economic issues and the policy options. The key broad themes covered include: poverty and inequality; gender equality and women empowerment; youth empowerment; international migration; social protection and financing social development; disability-inclusive development; ageing societies and social inclusion.
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Statistics Division Working Papers

The Working Paper Series are technical publications presenting research by ESCAP staff and other researchers on analyses of statistics development in the region, as well as methodological development and statistical analyses of issues regarding SDG development.
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Stats Brief

The Stats Briefs aim to raise awareness among statistical and policy communities of issues about statistics development in Asia and the Pacific. They present discussions in succinct formats accessible to general audience and typically accompany the organization of major events and release of reports or data from major data sources (e.g. population, GDP, energy, etc.).
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