In recent decades, South-East Asia has undergone rapid economic growth and overall development. However, despite these positive macro trends, there are vast disparities between and within countries in terms of living standards and social and economic opportunities, resulting in a rise in inequality. Rapidly changing labour markets require constant up-skilling and re-skilling of the labour force. Moreover, the region has experienced significant population growth, with a substantial proportion of people under the age of 30 in some countries, and ageing populations in others.