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  • President Nakao meets with India Prime Minister in Delhi

    The President met with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 August to commit to partner with the government to reignite growth and reduce poverty. President Nakao affirmed ADB’s support to develop infrastructure, including economic corridors and smart cities, and promote regional cooperation and integration. Read more in www.adb.org/news/adb-president-commits-partnering-india-r...

  • President Nakao meeting India Finance Minister and ADB Governor Arun Jaitley in Delhi on 26 August.

    President Nakao meeting India Finance Minister and ADB Governor Arun Jaitley in Delhi on 26 August.

  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao City International Airport)

    The ADB and EIB funded Davao City Interantional Airport provides reliable, safe, all-weather air services that meet international standards. The airport has improved Davao's access to nearby markets and also supported Davao's strategic role in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/features/bigger-and-better

  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao City International Airport)

    A local airline lands at the upgraded Davao City International Airport. The ADB and EIB funded airport provides reliable, safe, all-weather air services that meet international standards. The airport has improved Davao's access to nearby markets and also supported Davao's strategic role in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/features/bigger-and-better

  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao City International Airport)

    The old airport terminal. The ADB and EIB funded the upgrade of the Davao City Interantional Airport which provides reliable, safe, all-weather air services that meet international standards. The airport has improved Davao's access to nearby markets and also supported Davao's strategic role in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/features/bigger-and-better

  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao City International Airport)

    According to Mr. Joey Saddam, the assistant airport manager of the Dvao City International Airport, the airport control tower is one of the most advanced in the Philippines. The ADB and EIB funded the upgrade of the Davao City Interantional Airport which provides reliable, safe, all-weather air services that meet international standards. The airport has improved Davao's access to nearby markets and also supported Davao's strategic role in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/features/bigger-and-better

  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao City International Airport)

    In addition to the main terminal building, there are also new support buildings for administration; central plant; airfield maintenance; and fire, crash, and rescue services. The ADB and EIB funded Davao City Interantional Airport provides reliable, safe, all-weather air services that meet international standards. The airport has improved Davao's access to nearby markets and also supported Davao's strategic role in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/features/bigger-and-better

  • Infographic: Economics of Climate Change - Assessing the Threats to South Asia

    Climate change is likely to cause huge economic, social, and environmental damage to South Asia, a region already hard-pressed to lift a third of its 1.5 billion population out of poverty.

  • Takehiko Nakao

    Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB's Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB's Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013. Read more: www.adb.org/about/management/takehiko-nakao/bio

  • ADB President Visits Davao, Philippines

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao, together with Governor del Rosario of Davao del Norte, Philippines, meets Anastacia Espinosa, an 84-year-old farming a 4-hectare plot planted with palm trees.

  • ADB President Visits Davao, Philippines

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao meets children in Panabo, Davao del Norte, Philippines.

  • ADB President Visits Davao, Philippines

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao meets children in Panabo, Davao del Norte, Philippines.

  • ADB President Visits Davao, Philippines

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao inspects agricultural produce in Panabo, Davao del Norte, Philippines

  • Shang-Jin Wei - Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

    Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

  • Infographic: Investing in Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific

    Two-thirds of the world’s hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific, and food insecurity persists bringing the specter of hunger and undernutrition to millions more of the region’s poor. In response, ADB is focusing on a comprehensive multi-sector engagement with the goal of curbing food insecurity. More on ADB's work in agriculture and food security: www.adb.org/agriculture

  • Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda)

    Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) passing through Laguna province with winds in excess of 120 kph in the early morning of 16 July 2014. Read more on: www.adb.org

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    Asmita Thapa, a student from Jhorsal. Children going to school in Jhorsal. 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    Road network in Phidim. 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    Public transportaion in Nepal. 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    Ambulance in Ranke. 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal

    Ruka Maya Khatari sending her tea harvest to a processing factory near Nepaltar. 29472-013: Road Network Development in Nepal. ADB helped build or upgrade 613.5 km of roads linking the hills to the plains, remote villages to schools and hospitals in towns and cities, and small and medium farmers to markets all over the country. An ADB assessment of the project found it has significantly reduced travel times and costs; increased traffic along the new or upgraded roads; and given villagers easy access to hospitals, schools, and markets. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/29472-013/main Nepal: www.adb.org/nepal

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project

    A low cost housing village built through the Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project in Indonesia

    A mother teaching her child how to write in one of the low cost housing projects built by the government. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Social Protection: www.adb.org/social-protection Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project in Indonesia

    A low cost housing village built through the Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project in Indonesia

    A low cost housing village built through the Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project in Indonesia

    Most poor families living in urban areas often rent or share rooms in slum areas. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Social Protection: www.adb.org/social-protection Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia

  • 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project in Indonesia

    Most poor families living in urban areas often rent or share rooms in slum areas. Bau Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. 35143-013: Neighborhood Upgrading and Shelter Sector Project Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/35143-013/main Social Protection: www.adb.org/social-protection Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Indonesia: www.adb.org/indonesia


  • WooChong Um - Secretary

    Office of the Secretary

  • 45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project

    45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project. Liu Lanxiu (left), a resident of Mushan village in Ji’an City, was able to run a guest house after her community received a steady, strong supply of clean water. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/45900-014/main Private Sector: www.adb.org/private-sector Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Water: www.adb.org/water China, People's Republic of: www.adb.org/countries/prc/main

  • 45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project

    45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project. Sun Linzai, who washes dishes and vegetables in the cafeteria at Jinggangshan University in Ji’an City, says the strong supply of cold and hot water has made her job easier. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/45900-014/main Private Sector: www.adb.org/private-sector Water: www.adb.org/water China, People's Republic of: www.adb.org/countries/prc/main

  • 45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project

    45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project. Water quality is tested at the Shahu Water Supply Plant in Gao’an City, Jiangxi Province. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/45900-014/main Private Sector: www.adb.org/private-sector Water: www.adb.org/water China, People's Republic of: www.adb.org/countries/prc/main

  • 45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project

    45900-014: Municipal Water Distribution Infrastructure Development Project. An ADB-funded project is helping upgrading water treatment plants and water piping systems, bringing clean and affordable water to millions of people in the PRC. China Water Affairs (CWA) Group, under a private sector operation funded by ADB, has upgrade water treatment plants in Jiangxi province. Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/45900-014/main Private Sector: www.adb.org/private-sector Water: www.adb.org/water China, People's Republic of: www.adb.org/countries/prc/main

  • 43405-023: Urban Services Improvement Investment Program

    Poti Chavchavadze street rehabilitation (funded by ADB) beneficiaries (Gela and Gogita Goglidze). 6 September 2013. Poti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili) Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/43405-023/main Transportation: www.adb.org/transport Urban Development: www.adb.org/urban-development Georgia: www.adb.org/countries/georgia/main

  • 41122-023,043: Road Corridor Investment Program

    New section on Kobuleti bypass road. 14 September 2013. Kobuleti, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili) Read more on: Project: www.adb.org/projects/41122-023/main Project: www.adb.org/projects/41122-043/main Transportation: www.adb.org/transport Georgia: www.adb.org/countries/georgia/main

  • 43405-023: Urban Services Improvement Investment Program

    Mestia water supply project (funded by the ADB) during construction works. 8 September 2013. Mestia, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili)

  • 43405-023: Urban Services Improvement Investment Program

    Mestia water supply project (funded by the ADB) during construction works. 8 September 2013. Mestia, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili)

  • 42414-023: Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program - Tranche 1

    Zugdidi-Jvari-Lasdili-Mestia road and tunnel works (funded by the ADB). 7 September 2013. Mestia, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili)

  • 41122-023,043: Road Corridor Investment Program

    Kobuleti bypass construction site. Russian construction worker (Nikolai Kuzin) molding metal parts. 14 September 2013. Kobuleti, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ADB Photo, Gia Chkhatarashvili)

  • President Nakao, Japan Environment Minister announce establishment of Japan Fund for Joint Crediting Mechanism

    The President and Japan Minister of Environment Nobuteru Ishihara on 25 June announced the establishment of the JFJCM as an ADB trust fund with a grant of about $18 million from the Government of Japan. The JFJCM will support the adoption of advanced low-carbon technologies in ADB projects. They also signed a letter of intent for cooperation on environmental issues.

  • ADB President Meets with Sri Lanka President in Colombo

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Welcomes President Nakao.

  • 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

    Vegetable farm being irrigated by a solar pump in the village of Lewa. The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide 100% renewable energy to the inhabitants of Sumba island within 10 years. The project is also hoped to be a replicable model in similar areas around the world. 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

  • 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

    Solar energy panels in Sumba island. The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide 100% renewable energy to the inhabitants of Sumba island within 10 years. The project is also hoped to be a replicable model in similar areas around the world. 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

  • 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

    Solar energy panels in Sumba island. The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide 100% renewable energy to the inhabitants of Sumba island within 10 years. The project is also hoped to be a replicable model in similar areas around the world. 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

  • 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

    Government isntalled Solar Energy panels gives power to 36 houses in the village of Weepatando in Sumba island. The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide 100% renewable energy to the inhabitants of Sumba island within 10 years. The project is also hoped to be a replicable model in similar areas around the world. 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

  • 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

    Government isntalled Solar Energy panels gives power to 36 houses in the village of Weepatando in Sumba island. The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide 100% renewable energy to the inhabitants of Sumba island within 10 years. The project is also hoped to be a replicable model in similar areas around the world. 45274-001: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (Sumba Iconic Island Initiative)

  • ADB President Nakao meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister

    ADB President Nakao met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Bangladesh Abul Maal A. Muhith on 15 June in Dhaka. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB's continued support to the country’s goals of achieving high, inclusive, and sustainable growth.

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    President Nakao at the meeting with Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Bangladesh Abul Maal A. Muhith on 15 June 2014 in Dhaka.

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    President Nakao at the meeting with Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Bangladesh Abul Maal A. Muhith on 15 June 2014 in Dhaka.

  • Infographic: People's Republic of China - Ranking the Most Livable Cities

    Increasing attention is being given to the “livability” of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) cities as their environment becomes less polluted. An ADB study ranks 33 cities of the PRC according to their environmental livability through a pioneering series of indexes.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund, Forest Ecosystem Services. Viet Nam

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Forest Ecosystem Services (PFES )- PEFS patrollers at work in the jungles around Macooih. Each patrol group is composed of community members who are tasked in maintaining the general well-being of the forest.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund, Forest Ecosystem Services. Viet Nam

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF) - The countryside of Da Nhim displays a mix of virgin forests and cultivated land. The Biodiversity Corridor project has helped balance the preservation of the Bidoup Nui Ba National Park, along with the development of local communities that live there.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund, Forest Ecosystem Services. Viet Nam

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Forest Ecosystem Services (PFES) - The town of Thanh My is one of many that lie amidst the forests of A Vuong, an important watershed that provides hydropower needed to generate electricty for Vietnam. Rapid development in this country has highlighted the need for sustainable management of its natural resources.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund, Forest Ecosystem Services. Viet Nam

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF) - K’ho villagers receive PFES from Bidoup Nui Ba National Park staff at a community center in Da Nhim. “I use part of it to buy supplies such as food and clothing for my family, another part we use to buy gasoline for patrol”, shares a recipient, “ The remaining, if any, is used for coffee growing. We are still struggling, but at least now have enough food to feed the family.”

  • Poverty and Environment Fund, Forest Ecosystem Services. Viet Nam

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF) - The Biodiversity Corridor program involves K’ho natives like Cil Yu Ha Vuong, 72, who patrols the forests along with fellow community members. He remembers the old life they used to live before the implementation of the ADB-funded project. “In the past, we had a difficult life. We depended on slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing the forest, farming a spot for two years, and then shifting to another spot. We didn’t have enough food to eat.” Alternative incomes offered by the program have enabled them to pursue non-destructive forms of livelihood.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project, Philippines

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project - A local child plays with his kite atop Smokey Mountain’s highest peak. No longer an open dumpsite, its story is sadly repeated at nearby slums in Manila. Poverty remains one of the biggest problems facing the Philippines today. With no clear solutions in sight, cooperatives like the SMPK are essential in improving the lives of the urban poor.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project, Philippines

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project. - After getting her vocational course certificate in computer secretarial skills in 2001, Leticia Reyes (center) now works full-time with the cooperative as its accountant. Now remarried, she and her husband Arturo (right) are slowly paying their way to the ownership of their Paradise Heights apartment. And despite managing (with the help of Arturo’s retirement benefits) to buy a landed house in a nearby province, they still live in Smokey Mountain with other family members. “The heart is here”, she says of this place.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project, Philippines

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project - Leticia Reyes is one of countless Smokey Mountain residents working to get out of this difficult situation. She lived most of her life in this community, and endured hardships that sadly many here would find familiar. Aside from working as a scavenger at an early age, she lost two husbands to violence in this rough neighborhood. Her story took a positive turn after she managed to finish high school and earn a vocational course certificate – credentials that helped land her a job at the Sambayanan ng Muling Pagkabuhay ni Kristo, a cooperative that would later receive ADB funding.

  • Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project, Philippines

    Poverty and Environment Fund (PEF), Smokey Mountain Remediation and Development Project - Squatters continue to live atop Smokey Mountain despite health concerns regarding its unsanitary environment.

  • IMGVP Lohani underscores knowledge at GrEEEn Cities Conference.

    The VP reiterated ADB's value in generating operationally-relevant knowledge through flagship initiatives to build environmentally-sound, economically-competitive, and equitable cities. He gave this message in closing remarks at the first Enabling GrEEEn Cities Regional Conference on 14 May in HQ. SERD DDG Ramesh Subramaniam chaired a roundtable dialogue on financing green infrastructure. The event brought together members of the private sector and reestablished demand for cross-sectoral integration for green growth.

  • VP Groff opens first Enabling GrEEEn Cities Regional Conference.

    The VP called for a paradigm shift by doing things differently for livable cities in his speech at the first regional conference on enabling GrEEEN cities, held on 13 May in HQ. Also at the event, SERD DG James Nugent launched a multimedia web feature on GrEEEn cities, presented by SEUW Director Amy Leung. SEUW shared the operational framework, GrEEEn City action plans, and urban management partnerships. High-level government officials, private sector, and partners participated in the 2-day event.

  • Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.
  • The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalize goods, capital and skilled labor flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind. The ASEAN Banking Integration Framework, which aims to liberalize the banking market by 2020, could help pave the way for further integration and the entry of ASEAN banks into regional banking markets.
  • Malaria can be beaten. Proof of this can be found in the fact that across the Asia Pacific region, millions of people who would have died from the disease are living healthy, productive lives. Still, malaria remains a serious threat to lives and livelihoods. Endemic in 22 countries across Asia, it is contracted by an estimated 32 million people annually and kills 47,000 of them.
  • Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and Pacific region has represented a remarkable success story. Absolute poverty levels have fallen significantly and the region is on course to achieve a number of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • Indonesia has made impressive gains in poverty reduction in recent years, but some unfavorable childhood nutrition figures bode ill for the economy and the country’s achievement of a key Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
  • Nana lives in a remote village. She is married with three children. Both she and her husband are farmers. Nana went to school up to grade 3. Every now and then, the households in her community are asked to attend a meeting. One day, the village leader requested her to attend a meeting the next day.
  • Myanmar opened a new chapter in its history in November 2010 when it adopted its open-economy policy. Since then, an impressive array of reforms have been implemented. However, Myanmar’s sustainable and inclusive growth depends on it maintaining this momentum during its transition —particularly inflows of foreign direct investment.
  • Rapid and dynamic changes in Southeast Asia including population growth and movement, as well as booming urbanization, have contributed to the complexity of combating the spread of tropical diseases. Now the region is faced with an even greater challenge: climate change
  • Feeding the world is becoming an increasingly complex task. Providing all our daily bread—or rice—requires grappling with intense competition for natural resources, producing more from less land and dealing with changing dietary habits. But meeting food needs is not just about quantity. Quality is also important. Along with daily minimum calorie requirements, people also need vital micronutrients from their meals.  High levels of micronutrient deficiencies, a phenomenon we call “hidden hunger” remains pervasive, particularly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • Is changing 9,000 years of eating habits the solution to vitamin A deficiency in poor communities in Asia?
  • Thomas Piketty, a young French economist, has redefined the relationship between capital and inequalities in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
  • Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect—women’s safety and security.
  • The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
  • Very few young doctors and other health professionals want to work in distant geographic locations and this preference for working in urban centers won’t change in the future and might only increase.This problem calls for innovative solutions to bring health services to populations in hard-to-reach locations and Information Technology provides some viable options which need to be scaled up and integrated into public health systems to bridge the rural-urban gap.
  • The establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations in 2001 was a defining moment. It rallied a global effort in the fight against poverty, hunger, and disease, while promoting universal education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. However, new challenges have emerged while remaining ones are complex. Meanwhile, the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs is almost upon us, raising the question: where do we go from here?
  • With some 60% of the global youth population living in Asia and the Pacific, young people have consistently and increasingly shown they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.
  • I see dead people. No, I don’t mean ghosts like the ones a young Haley Joel Osment could see in the 1999 hit film The Sixth Sense. I mean actual dead bodies. I see them all the time, victims of the seemingly lawless and definitely dangerous free-for-all that is driving on Cambodia’s national roads.
  • Social protection programs are increasingly important for supporting vulnerable groups in Asia, including the poor and elderly, but fragmented delivery of services is undermining their impact and effectiveness.
  • The conventional view of wage gaps between men and women is that they have been steadily narrowing over recent decades and this trend will inevitably continue as women achieve higher education levels and enter areas of the workforce which have been dominated by males in the past. Unfortunately recent evidence from Indonesia suggests that pay parity between the sexes remains some way off.  
  • The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, (MERS) is keeping infectious diseases experts on alert lately, although the World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t declared MERS a global emergency.
  • ADB, World Bank and several others have launched the iChallenge in an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that can measure government capacity and performance.
  • The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggest that the world trade system is fragmenting to appear more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. How do we resolve the growing mess?
  • When we look around the world there often seems a huge divide between young people and governments. While youth are frequently on the front line of civilian protests, criticizing the state, those in power often brand them as mere troublemakers and ingrates. How can we narrow this gap and help both sides better understand each other?
  • As the world marks International Day of Action for Women's Health, maternal deaths are an uncomfortable reminder that much work still needs to be done. Indonesia is a case in point. While it is one of the fast growing economic powerhouses in Asia it is also experiencing a worrying rise in maternal deaths.
  • Why are there so few women in senior management or “at the top” of the pyramid when Asia has had more female state leaders than even Europe? Is it a lack of education? Is it age old culture and tradition? Are the boys’ networks keeping women out? And why does this continue when there is clear evidence that more women in leadership is good for the bottom line?
  • The messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear—human induced climate change is happening, climate impacts on humans and natural systems will be significant, and dramatic mitigation needs to happen very soon.
  • In ensuring the success of social protection programs, who benefits from public transfers is as important as how much or what type of support is provided. Tajikistan offers a case in point.
  • Debating empowers young people, builds oral presentation skills, develops confidence in public speaking, and trains debaters to listen, assess and form arguments. Recognizing this, ADB over the last four years has been supporting youth debates in Asia and the Pacific.

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