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

Viet Nam's Co Tu People Find New Voice through Resettlement

Resettlement of Viet Nam's Co Tu ethnic group for the Song Bung 4 project while disruptive was also an opportunity to improve their lives. Read More

Resettlement Puts Women on Top in Central Viet Nam

Though the Song Bung 4 hydropower dam and energy project relocated Co Tu minority in Viet Nam’s central region, it also offered new income opportunities and empowered local women. Read More

Energy Project Delivers Better Health Care, Education to Resettled in Viet Nam

A hydropower energy project in Central Viet Nam has disrupted the lives of an isolated ethnic minority, but offers better health care and educational opportunities for a bright future. Read More


ADB's environmental and social safeguards are a cornerstone of its support to inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability in Asia and Pacific. In July 2009, ADB's Board of Directors approved the new Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) governing the environmental and social safeguards of ADB's operations. The objectives of the SPS are to avoid, or when avoidance is not possible, to minimize and mitigate adverse project impacts on the environment and affected people, and to help borrowers strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks.

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