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SE Asia in Focus

Nathan has been on the ground and actively committed to prosperity in Southeast Asia since the 1950s, working with donors, individual governments, and organizations to unleash the full potential of individual economies and the region as a whole. SE Asia in Focus covers our current project activities in the region. For more information on our capabilities in the region, please contact Rachid Benjelloun at ...
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Fintech in India: An analysis of the market, and of the UK’s role in supporting its development

Fintech in India: An analysis of the market, and of the UK’s role in supporting its development was completed in January 2017 for the British High Commission in New Delhi. The report analyzes the Indian fintech sector and recommends 10 areas of focus where the UK can support Indian fintech. The report examines the demand, supply, policy and regulatory environment, and other support functions and enablers of the fintech market in India. Indian fintech has primarily supplied digital payment services, as well as personal finance, wealth management, alternative lending, and data analytics services. However, fintech firms in India have access ...
APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning and Action

APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning and Action

The APEC Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity is among APEC’s latest efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prepared by USAID’s US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity, this report sets forth an analytical framework for strengthening conditions for women in the STEM professions. The framework draws on experiences from APEC’s 21 economies, organizing challenges across the key issues of (1) Enabling Environment; (2) Education; (3) Employment; and (4) Entrepreneurship. Each section provides a set of potential interventions that economies, employers, educators and others may consider when undertaking changes and reforms ...
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Women’s Economic Participation in Peru: Achieving APEC Priorities for Gender Equality

USAID’s US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity prepared this report as part of APEC’s efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment. The assessment and report are framed around the five priority areas of the APEC Policy Partnership for Women and the Economy (PPWE): (1) access to capital and assets (2) access to markets (3) capacity, skills, and health, (4) leadership, voice and autonomy and (5) innovation and technology. The report complements Peru’s role as APEC host in 2016. Findings in this report articulate the strongest opportunities for effective, sustainable action that permits greater integration of women into long-term, ...
A Balancing Act: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Reforming India's Legal Services Market

A Balancing Act: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Reforming India’s Legal Services Market

“The legal services sector is one of the most restricted sectors, not only in India but also across the world,” this report for the British High Commission finds. “Most regulations including restrictions on the advertisement of legal services, organizational forms that are permissible, and the practicing of domestic law by foreign lawyers and law firms have been in force in the country for more than 50 years.” “Using information collected on perceptions of costs and benefits of reforms through a survey of business enterprises and law firms (consumers and providers of legal services), and secondary research, this study finds that ...
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Industrial Game Over: Can Low-Income Countries Grow through Services Rather than Industry?

In a global economy with fewer opportunities to industrialize, low-income countries will need to embed the service sector in their vision for inclusive growth. Marco Antonielli, a consultant at Nathan Associates in London, explores the challenges that low-income countries face to industrialize and the opportunities for inclusive growth in the service sector ...
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From Rice Bowl to Food Basket: Three Pillars for Modernizing Myanmar’s Agricultural and Food Sector

The Myanmar government’s new strategy for the agricultural and food sector uses a market-led, value-chain approach that has been tailored for Myanmar based on the approach’s success throughout Asia.  In preparation for the launch of Myanmar’s strategy, the USAID-funded Private Sector Development Activity supported the National Economic and Social Advisory Council to develop a white paper, From Rice Bowl to Food Basket: Three Pillars for Modernizing Myanmar’s Agricultural and Food Sector, published in April 2016.  The approach modernizes (1) input delivery, (2) agricultural production, and (3) output markets and supply chains. Together, these elements constitute the agrifood value chain. To achieve such ...
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Nathan Associates Inc. Rule 10b-5 Assessment Report

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, Nathan Associates has been tracking financial and economic data on securities class action cases filed for alleged violations of Section 10b of the Exchange Act. This report, issued semiannually, provides our analysis of these data and our estimates of exposure and potential investor losses stemming from those alleged violations ...