Despite rapid progress on the reduction of poverty, particularly in China and India, the Asia Pacific region is still home to two-thirds of the developing world’s poor. Development invariably means change, and that involves compromises between traditional and contemporary ideas. Therefore, achieving positive and broad-based development results in any country involves a slow process of social change that is both multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. The world is changing rapidly with increasing trends of urbanization, aging populations, a changing international political and economic order and globalization amongst many other transformative processes.

ISDP assists partners to access knowledge, resources and experience in order to strengthen their development plans and policies so as to improve the lives of their people. As such, ISDP is engaged in research on development issues (poverty, human rights and internally displaced people), government-to-government policy dialogue, holds and organizes capacity building programs for key sectors (such as land reform, crisis prevention and recovery, resource and agricultural development) within developing countries, acts as a hub for South-South and North-South dialogue on development issues and enables inter-cultural exchanges to promote change.

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Myanmar is an area of interest in international relations to both academic and policy circles. Recent developments in the country and the positive reactions by the international community allow for cautious optimism. Of many questions begging for answers at the moment, the most important concern is the role of the military in the political transition, competition for power among alternative political forces inside the country, the extent of participation in the political process by the country's population at large and the recent ceasefire agreements between the government and the various ethnic insurgent groups. Recognizing these questions and realising that a lack of understanding has, in the past, hindered policymaking toward Myanmar, ISDP is intensifying its efforts in research and engagement with various stakeholders to assist the on-going policy review process and whatever is to follow. ISDP is also focusing on development issues in Myanmar, with a focus on economic engagement and fiscal policy.


Publications on Develoment

Trang Do, Elliot Brennan
Hydropower and Social Conflict in Vietnam: Lessons for Myanmar
POLICY BRIEF, No. 187, December 11, 2015 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China and Greater Central Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Handbook on China and Developing Countries, Chapter 18, June 2015, pp. 427-444 Webpage Link
Martina Klimesova, Bimsara Premaratne
Empowering Tamil Women: Recovery in Post-conflict Sri Lanka
POLICY BRIEF, No. 169, February 06, 2015 Webpage Link
Jan Rudengren, Lars Rylander, Claudia Casanova
It's Democracy, Stupid: Reappraising the Middle-Income Trap
STOCKHOLM PAPER, May 2014, pp. 32 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli
Erdogan Loses It
ARTICLE, Foreign Affairs, February 09, 2014 Webpage Link
Ebba Mårtensson, Silvia Pastorelli
South Asia taps into water cooperation
COMMENTARY, Asia Times, January 16, 2014 Webpage Link
Lars Rylander, Jan Rudengren
A "Double Fault" in Swedish Aid?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 137, November 08, 2013 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Dangers in North Korean dual-track strategy
ARTICLE, Asia Times Online, September 27, 2013 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee, Andras Megyeri
New Kid on the Block: South Korea as an Emerging ODA Player
POLICY BRIEF, No. 128, July 03, 2013 Webpage Link
Joel Ankar, Christopher O´ Hara
Striking a Balance: Myanmar and the Issue of Intellectual Property Rights
POLICY BRIEF, No. 127, June 24, 2013 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan, Jense Wiersma
Land Conflict in Vietnam's Rural Economy
COMMENTARY, The Secretariat for International Forestry Issues, May 23, 2013 Webpage Link
Cristelle Maurin
Deep Seabed Minerals: A New Frontier in the Pacific Region
POLICY BRIEF, No. 121, April 10, 2013 Webpage Link
S. Frederick Starr, Adib Farhadi
Finish the Job: Jump-Start Afghanistan’s Economy
SILK ROAD PAPER, November 2012, pp. 55 Webpage Link
Lars Rylander, Jan Rudengren
The Poverty Paradox – And How to Address It
POLICY BRIEF, No. 102, October 17, 2012 Webpage Link
Wang Xinjun
On China’s Traditional Culture and Peaceful Development Strategy
ASIA PAPER, August 2012, pp. 49 Webpage Link
Ebba Mårtensson, Per Olsson
India's SEZ Policy
POLICY BRIEF, No. 97, July 03, 2012 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee, Kazuto Suzuki, Liu Jiangyong
Japan’s Space Law Shift Rattles Regional Nerves
OP-ED, Global Times, July 02, 2012 Webpage Link

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