Advanced Middle Income Countries


The Advanced Middle-Income Challenge and the Future of Bilateral Aid: An Interview with William Cole

February 19, 2020

Blog Post

Development in Asia over the last 50 years has brought unprecedented advances in human welfare, but for middle-income countries seeking to emulate the spectacular rise of the Asian Tigers a generation ago, the transition to upper-income status is far from assured. Since Gill and Kharas first coined the term middle-income trap in 2007, a growing bod… Read more


Advanced Middle-Income Countries of the Indo-Pacific: The Road Ahead

Washington, DC, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Events Post

9:30-11:00 AM Most developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region have experienced extraordinary growth and transformation over the past three decades, with many having reached, or now poised to reach, Advanced Middle Income Country (AMIC) status—spanning $4,000 to $20,000 GNI per capita. Despite general optimism regarding their continued progress… Read more


A Conversation with Gordon Hein on The Asia Foundation in a Changing Asia

May 24, 2017

Blog Post

Asia’s rise has been dramatic, with unprecedented economic growth and investment, expanding access to information, and millions lifted out of poverty. But new obstacles are emerging in some parts of the region, alongside enduring challenges. In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with Gordon Hein, The Asia Foundation’s senior vice president of progra… Read more


Bangladesh’s Development Surprise: A Model for Developing Countries

June 25, 2014

Blog Post

By many metrics, Bangladesh’s development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to around 30 percent.