Technical Workshop on Updating and Improving the Social Protection Index

This workshop serves as a capacity building and knowledge sharing event aimed at strengthening the technical capacity of ADB’s developing members on monitoring and assessment of social protection programs using the social protection index. Read More

Inequality in the Asia and Pacific region: 12 Things to Know

Despite Asia's remarkable economic progress over the last decades, inequality remains a problem in the region. Read More

Going Geo-Digital with Household Surveys

Using tablet computers to conduct household surveys could help improve the quality of socio-economic data for development projects. Read More

$430 Million ADB Loan to Help Pakistan Expand Social Safety Nets

ADB has approved a $430 million equivalent loan to expand and strengthen Pakistan’s national social safety net program, which is helping to lift millions of families out of poverty. Read More

Reducing Risks, Increasing Opportunities

Income poverty has fallen in Asia and the Pacific as millions of people have benefited from the extraordinary economic gains of the past two decades but progress has been highly uneven, leaving one in three Asians poor and vulnerable to economic, social and environmental risks.

During 1996–2008, ADB provided $2.3 billion in loans to help developing member countries (DMCs) increase their social protection programs so that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder could also benefit from the region’s growth.

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Facts and Figures

922.7 million
the projected number of Asia's elderly by mid-21st century Source

81%
of developing Asia's poor now live in middle income rather than lower income countries Source

2/3
of social assistance spending goes to social transfers and child welfare Source