Development Asia features development issues important to the Asia and Pacific region. It is published four times a year by the Asian Development Bank.
From Aceh to Tacloban: Lessons from a Decade of Disaster
In this issue of Development Asia magazine, we look at the lessons learned from a decade of dealing with natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific and at how the region’s economic growth could suffer unless it acts collectively on disaster risk.
Profits and Poverty: How the Private Sector is Helping to Change the Fortunes of the Poor
The combined budgets of the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and every other development organization in the world make up just a drop of the economic fuel needed to power billions of people into greater prosperity. Those who work in development have long known that the private sector must play a major role in the enormous economic change needed to lift large numbers of people out of poverty.
But it is not that simple.
Going Green: Why Asia is Moving Toward a Green Model of Economic Growth
The latest issue of ADB's quarterly magazine explores the concept of green growth: the embracing of environmentally sound and sustainable policies with the need to maintain high economic growth. It features an exclusive interview with leading expert Ashok Khosla, who takes a hard look at the promises and failings of green growth. In other stories, we look at pioneering efforts to deliver medicine through a soda company's distribution network.
Making the Grade: Analyzing the State of Education across Asia, from Grade School to Trade School
Education attacks poverty at its roots, laying the groundwork for achieving all development goals. Teaching children to read and write, for example, not only improves their employment prospects, but also better attunes them to their country's development goals - all of which depend on disseminating important information to be successful. As such, literacy is the foundational cornerstone for development.
Dealing with Disasters
Natural disasters wreak havoc without discrimination, wiping out homes, livelihoods, a country's economic gains, and often many individual lives. Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe have all been struck by catastrophes in recent years. Asia, however, has been hit hardest: 40% of the world's disasters have occurred in the region in the past decade, resulting in a disproportionate 80% of disaster deaths. And Asia's poor, lacking in resources and more vulnerable and exposed to the elements, have borne the brunt of these cataclysms.
Lighting the Future
If one question could threaten Asia's dynamic growth and impressive gains in poverty reduction in recent decades, it is the region's energy supply. The complex issues that encompass energy security are vital for ensuring a region's economic growth.
A Growing Hunger
Perhaps no issue casts a harsher light on social inequities than the growing number of people who go hungry everyday.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more people go hungry in the world today than at any time since 1970. An estimated 1.02 billion people were undernourished worldwide in 2009, 642 million of whom lived in Asia and the Pacific, the FAO reports.
Urban Planning Laboratory
The rise of Asia's megacities is the upshot of robust economic growth in the region. In turn, the expansion of these centers of industry and commerce is fueling further growth, opening more opportunities for business and employment.
With six out of 10 of the world's largest cities in Asia - and eight out of 10 of the most densely populated - the continent will be the world's de facto laboratory for urban planning.