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Social Progress in Mining-Dependent Countries

Life for people in countries that are ‘mining-dependent’ is improving… Today, people in these countries are generally healthier, wealthier, and better educated.

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Digital Innovation in PFM: Opportunities and implications for low-income countries

A new study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with AlphaBeta, sheds light on the exciting possibility of using digital technology to improve PFM in low-income countries. It contributes to existing research by identifying 60 technology applications that can assist low-income countries overcome their most pressing PFM issues.

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Prevention is the Best Medicine: Rethinking Healthcare in Asia

Healthcare costs in Asia are rising at an unprecedented pace. This is a challenge. Even unlocking all the available efficiency gains in healthcare treatment may not be sufficient for limited resources to meet the demands of an ageing population, with greater expectations on healthcare quality and a rise in non-communicable diseases.

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Better Together: Business, Government, Society and Our Sustainable Future

It is increasingly important for business, government, and society to come together to overcome sustainability challenges in Asia and put the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice.

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The Final Straw – Tackling Plastic Straw Consumption in Singapore

Plastic waste is non-biodegradable. It takes up space in landfills that we don’t have. The UN describes the level of plastic waste in our oceans a “planetary crisis”. And the truth is, our habits are not helping. In fact, we ‘suck’. Plastic drinking straws are one such menace that we can and should be tackling head-on. Every straw used counts.

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Building resilience in Australian manufacturing

Australia has one of the most volatile manufacturing sectors in the world. How can companies survive the extreme ups and downs in their industries? AlphaBeta has worked with the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to find out…

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Feature article: Australia’s political model is breaking down

Is there any Australian left who hasn’t complained, or at least rolled their eyes about the state of politics in Canberra? Andrew Charlton looks at recent election trends to understand why Australian voters are so angry.

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Micro-Revolution: The New Stakeholders of Trade in APAC

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the economic backbone of the Asia Pacific, accounting for more than 97 percent of firms and employing more than half of all workers in the region. They are also at the heart of Asia Pacific’s trade with the world.

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Transforming Indonesia’s Education System

Education in Indonesia is a large, complex, and diverse system. Teaching all these people, young and old, the skills needed to succeed in Indonesia’s rapidly changing economy is a huge challenge. AlphaBeta is proud to support the APC to understand what it would take for philanthropists and social investors to create catalytic impact in Indonesia’s vast education system.

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How Australian businesses can tap into the ASEAN opportunity

Australian businesses are facing exciting opportunities right on their doorstep in Southeast Asia, but most of them aren’t aware of it. Even those who are aware of these opportunities often fail to capture their full potential because of gaps in their business strategies.

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Google Economic Impact Singapore 2015

Digital technologies have become indispensable for countries to prosper and grow in the internet age. This report helps to close the existing knowledge gap by assessing the economic impact of Google’s digital technologies in Singapore. 

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Op-ed: Why machines won’t generate mass unemployment

Technological change has long been a source of anxiety for workers. But the doomsayers are misreading the signs.

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Andrew Charlton’s essay on The Robot Race in The Monthly

The robots are coming for our jobs – but there is a silver lining.

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