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  • President Nakao, on 23 October in Beijing.

    President Nakao, on 23 October in Beijing, highlighted the importance of industrial transformation and rigorous structural reform if the People's Republic of China (PRC) is to continue to grow in a keynote speech at a high-level workshop on PRC's 13th Five-Year Plan, 2016-2020. Read more here: www.adb.org/news/reforms-support-innovation-needed-transf... www.adb.org/news/speeches/challenges-transforming-high-in...

  • 35448-012: Omnibus Infrastructure Development - State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Government has requested ADB assistance in rehabilitating its infrastructure. With 4 states, each with its unique and specific needs, the request has been for an omnibus infrastructure type loan that would help address the urgent needs of these states. After the recent cholera outbreak, the state of Pohnpei is requesting for assistance in upgrading its sanitation system. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/35448-012/main About the Island Country: www.adb.org/countries/micronesia/main

  • 35448-012: Omnibus Infrastructure Development - State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Government has requested ADB assistance in rehabilitating its infrastructure. With 4 states, each with its unique and specific needs, the request has been for an omnibus infrastructure type loan that would help address the urgent needs of these states. After the recent cholera outbreak, the state of Pohnpei is requesting for assistance in upgrading its sanitation system. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/35448-012/main About the Island Country: www.adb.org/countries/micronesia/main

  • 35448-012: Omnibus Infrastructure Development - State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Government has requested ADB assistance in rehabilitating its infrastructure. With 4 states, each with its unique and specific needs, the request has been for an omnibus infrastructure type loan that would help address the urgent needs of these states. After the recent cholera outbreak, the state of Pohnpei is requesting for assistance in upgrading its sanitation system. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/35448-012/main About the Island Country: www.adb.org/countries/micronesia/main

  • 35448-012: Omnibus Infrastructure Development - State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Government has requested ADB assistance in rehabilitating its infrastructure. With 4 states, each with its unique and specific needs, the request has been for an omnibus infrastructure type loan that would help address the urgent needs of these states. After the recent cholera outbreak, the state of Pohnpei is requesting for assistance in upgrading its sanitation system. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/35448-012/main About the Island Country: www.adb.org/countries/micronesia/main

  • 35448-012: Omnibus Infrastructure Development - State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Government has requested ADB assistance in rehabilitating its infrastructure. With 4 states, each with its unique and specific needs, the request has been for an omnibus infrastructure type loan that would help address the urgent needs of these states. After the recent cholera outbreak, the state of Pohnpei is requesting for assistance in upgrading its sanitation system. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/35448-012/main About the Island Country: www.adb.org/countries/micronesia/main

  • MDB/IFI heads met on 12 October as part of the IMF/World Bank Fall Meetings in Washington, DC.

    MDB/IFI heads met on 12 October as part of the IMF/World Bank Fall Meetings in Washington, DC. From left to right: Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Luis Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; and Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank. (Photo by : European Investment Bank)

  • 35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development in Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia

    35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development. The overall objective of the Project is to enhance public health and the environment through assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in Chuuk through improvements to the electrical power sector. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/41578-022/main

  • 35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development in Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia

    35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development. The overall objective of the Project is to enhance public health and the environment through assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in Chuuk through improvements to the electrical power sector. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/41578-022/main

  • 35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development in Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia

    35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development. The overall objective of the Project is to enhance public health and the environment through assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in Chuuk through improvements to the electrical power sector. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/41578-022/main

  • 35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development in Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia

    35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development. The overall objective of the Project is to enhance public health and the environment through assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in Chuuk through improvements to the electrical power sector. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/41578-022/main

  • 35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development in Chuuck, Federated States of Micronesia

    35448-013: Omnibus Infrastructure Development. The overall objective of the Project is to enhance public health and the environment through assistance to support economic growth and poverty reduction in Chuuk through improvements to the electrical power sector. Read more: www.adb.org/projects/35448-013/main www.adb.org/projects/41578-022/main

  • Asian Development Outlook Update 2014

    ADB's Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei launched the Asian Development Outlook 2014 Update at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong, China on 25 September. Journalists heard that developing Asia is continuing along a stable growth path, inflation will be moderate in the medium term and that the region should strengthen links with global value chains.

  • Infographic: Asian Development Outlook 2014 Update - Growth Outlook

    Developing Asia is continuing along a stable growth path. Although the major industrial economies underperformed in the first half of the year, the region’s gross domestic product is expected to expand in 2014 and 2015. Read the news release: www.adb.org/news/developing-asia-fastest-growing-region-k...

  • Infographic: Asia Bond Monitor - September 2014: Dim Sum Bonds Pile Up

    Issuance of offshore renminbi-denominated bonds - or dim sum bonds - have skyrocketed since the first sale in 2007 in response to strong demand outside the People's Republic of China for exposure to the country's strong growth story. Read the news release: www.adb.org/news/asias-bonds-face-rising-risks-us-rates-m...

  • Pumping station workers welcome President Nakao at the Second Red River Delta Basin Sector Project in Hung Yen province on 19 September during a 2-day visit to Viet Nam.

    Pumping station workers welcome President Nakao at the Second Red River Delta Basin Sector Project in Hung Yen province on 19 September during a 2-day visit to Viet Nam.

  • Meeting with State President Truong Tan Sang

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao on 18 September met with Viet Nam’s State President Truong Tan Sang. During his 2-day visit to Viet Nam, Mr. Nakao also called on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the State Bank’s Governor Nguyen Van Binh.

  • President Nakao meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met in Islamabad on 17 September to discuss ADB’s partnership and major development challenges. Mr. Nakao appreciated the government’s efforts to put Pakistan's economy on a sustainable growth path and encouraged continued reforms to boost development, promote regional integration, and reduce poverty.

  • President Nakao meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao on 16 September called on Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad to express his sympathy for the loss of life and damage from recent floods.

  • Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

    Naseema Kosar explaining how her solar drying plant has resulted in a dramatic increase in the value of apricots.

  • Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

    Naseema Kosar, outside the solar drying facility made of mud bricks on the roof of her house in Shigar Valley, in the Skardu district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

  • Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

    ADB-funded solar drier plants have resulted in a three-fold increase in values, boosting the incomes of poor families and inspiring a new generation of agribusiness entrepreneurs. Jaffar Ali, AKRSP’s Enterprise Development Officer in Baltistan pointing to Nasmeea Kosar’s solar drier plant.

  • Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

    Naseema Kosar working in her apricot drying plant.

  • Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

    Naseema Kosar preparing fresh harvest of apricot for sun-drying in her plant.

  • GMS East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) - Organic Vegetable Value Chains

    Organic vegetables being grown by farmers in Savannakhet, Lao PDR. Read more on: Greater Mekong Subregion: www.adb.org/countries/gms/main The Project: www.adb.org/projects/documents/sustainable-natural-resour... www.adb.org/projects/documents/smallholder-development-pr...

  • ADB-financed grant 0144: Sustainable Natural Resources and Productivity Enhancement Project and Loan 1949: Smallholder Development Project

    Organic vegetable farmers in Boung Phao Village. Read more on: Greater Mekong Subregion: www.adb.org/countries/gms/main The Project: www.adb.org/projects/documents/sustainable-natural-resour... www.adb.org/projects/documents/smallholder-development-pr...

  • ADB-financed grant 0144: Sustainable Natural Resources and Productivity Enhancement Project and Loan 1949: Smallholder Development Project

    Organic vegetable being grown in Boung Phao Village. Read more on: Greater Mekong Subregion: www.adb.org/countries/gms/main The Project: www.adb.org/projects/documents/sustainable-natural-resour... www.adb.org/projects/documents/smallholder-development-pr...

  • GMS East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) - Organic Vegetable Value Chains

    Fishermen catching fish along the banks of the Mekong River in Savannakhet, Lao PDR. Read more on: Greater Mekong Subregion: www.adb.org/countries/gms/main The Project: www.adb.org/projects/documents/sustainable-natural-resour... www.adb.org/projects/documents/smallholder-development-pr...

  • GMS East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) - Organic Vegetable Value Chains

    Fishermen catching fish along the banks of the Mekong River in Savannakhet, Lao PDR. Read more on: Greater Mekong Subregion: www.adb.org/countries/gms/main The Project: www.adb.org/projects/documents/sustainable-natural-resour... www.adb.org/projects/documents/smallholder-development-pr...

  • Infographic: Advancing Asia's Knowledge Economies

    The development and strengthening of knowledge-based economies is both an imperative and an opportunity for developing Asia to sustain high rates of growth in the future and avoid the middle-income trap. Read more: Publication - www.adb.org/publications/innovative-asia-advancing-knowle... News Release - www.adb.org/news/asia-uniquely-positioned-lead-global-kno...

  • Infographic: The Creative Productivity Index

    This index aims to give policymakers a unique tool to measure progress in fostering creativity and innovation in 22 Asian economies, with the United States and Finland included for comparative purposes. Read more: Publication - www.adb.org/publications/creative-productivity-index-anal... News Release: www.adb.org/news/new-creative-productivity-index-help-fos...

  • ADB President Takehiko Nakao welcomes His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, to ADB's headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 5 September, 2014.

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao welcomes His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, to ADB's headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 5 September, 2014.

  • ADB President Takehiko Nakao welcomes His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, to ADB's headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 5 September, 2014.

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao welcomes His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, to ADB's headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 5 September, 2014.

  • 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 - ADB President

    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. Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau. He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and 2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund. 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

  • Raising finance for projects which are socially important but have little appeal to hard-nosed investors has been a major challenge for governments and donor agencies in the past. But now a new instrument has been developed which offers a fresh way forward—Social Impact Bonds.   
  • The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 
  • States are increasingly recognizing that constructive engagement and collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important ingredient to achieving better governance.
  • With the urban population swelling the world over, it makes sense that we start—or go back to—designing cities for people too. People are a city’s principal raison d'etre.
  • Fifteen years ago I was working for a nongovernment organization (NGO) in Bangladesh documenting stories of training and economic empowerment of communities. A common recurring theme in virtually all the communities was the gender stereotyping in skills training programs.
  • Economic and political transition is never an easy process for any country and it will be no different for Asia’s fast awakening tiger, Myanmar.
  • In recent years, the rise of social media has been ceaseless and rapid. It has managed to create a universe of its own—one that often leaves governments, organizations, and corporations alike continuously striving to keep up. 
  • The PRC may be a globally significant economic and trading power, but the market share of its currency, the renminbi (RMB), lags well behind the US dollar and the euro. To align the RMB with its growing global stature, the PRC has embarked on a strategy to internationalize the currency. Typically, it is taking a gradual approach. 
  • “The law hath not been dead, though it had slept.” When Shakespeare wrote those lines, he never knew that many, many years down the road, he may actually be referring to the enforcement of environmental law by the judiciary around the world. 
  • There is no universal strategy for pursuing a triple bottom line of high, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth, but better governance is an imperative.
  • Over the last week, 3ie staff in Delhi, London and Washington were busy coordinating conference logistics, finalizing the program, and putting the last touches to their presentations. This is usual  preparation for a conference but this one is going to be different. Why? Because the participant mix–of more than 500 people–is balanced among policymakers, program managers, implementers, and researchers.
  • 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.

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