Redefining Poverty in Asia and the Pacific

Improving the well-being of the poor across Asia and the Pacific entails looking beyond traditional indicators such as the $1.25 a day poverty line. Read More

Community Initiative Helps Filipino Poor Turn Trash into Cash

A multipurpose cooperative is thriving in Manila's impoverished Smokey Mountain area thanks to recycling and other profitable enterprises involving local communities. Read More

Earning a Living by Preserving the Environment in Viet Nam

Protecting forest land is a source of livelihood for farming communities that were displaced to make way for hydropower projects. Read More

A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

Poverty Reduction: Promoting Inclusive Pro-Poor Growth

Remarkable economic and social gains in Asia and the Pacific over the last few decades lifted millions from poverty but too many have been left behind. The region remains home to two-thirds of the world's poor, their ranks further deepened by loss of employment and reduced incomes from the 2008 global financial crisis.

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Facts and Figures

2005
the year Asia achieved the Millennium Development Goal income poverty target, well ahead of the 2015 deadline. Source

19
number of developing member countries where over 10% of the population still lives in extreme poverty Source