K4D Helpdesk Report

Trends Shaping Asia by 2030

Published on 12 April 2017

The majority of published material speculating on trends shaping Asia by 2030 comes either from the development perspective or the perspective of national security (usually the USA’s national security).

Therefore, traditional developmental and security issues are the focus of many of these pieces: from demographics to economic productivity to assessments of geopolitics. Beyond this, trends were identified around urbanisation, development finance and regional cooperation, sustainability and climate change, and technological innovation. Some trends, such as those around gender, emerged across sources but were not the primary topic of any particular source.

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Kasper, E. (2017). A mapping of key literature outlining trends affecting Asia between now and 2030, with a focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

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Institute of Development Studies
Kasper, Eric


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