Peter McCawley is a Visiting Fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the ANU. Peter has been an Executive Director at the ADB, led various ADF replenishment round negotiations, and is a former Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (2003-2007). He has recently completed writing the 50-year history of the ADB: Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank.
Labor should create a “Regional Carbon Bank” for ASEAN and the Pacific
An urgent demand for clean electricity infrastructure requires needs a dedicated, multilateral agency in support.
Jim Wolfensohn’s knowledge bank
Impatient and ambitious, as World Bank president the Australian-turned-American tackled a global “cancer of corruption”.
Peace Prize to WFP: A win for international cooperation
The success of the World Food Program shows the global system can work with good leadership and strong support.
A nervous watch on the Three Gorges Dam
Extensive flooding is testing one of the world‘s megaprojects – and China’s reputation for high-quality infrastructure.
Covid-19: The need to aid Asia to open up
For Western donors, this has not been their finest hour, yet collective action offers a chance to revive past success.
Indonesian economist Mari Pangestu is a World Bank Managing Director
In a win for Asia, Pangestu brings a practical bent that will hopefully ground some of the loftier Bank pronouncements.
Connecting the dots on the Blue Dot Network
Beyond a press release trumpeting “high-quality infrastructure” and “global trust standards”, things are a bit fuzzy.
Habibie’s legacy of Reformasi in Indonesia
In his brief term as president, BJ Habibie made significant changes in the country.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative: status report
Some projects will succeed. Others will fail. And in the end, China will likely find the political gain is quite mixed.