Project Safeguards for Inclusive and Environmentally Sustainable Growth

Protecting the people and environment from the potential adverse effects of development is the cornerstone of ADB's Safeguard Policy. Read More

Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies

Moving from a low-cost to a high-value economy requires innovative companies, an improved education system, and government incentives. 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


Despite the extraordinary gains made in living standards in Asia and the Pacific hundreds of millions of people are still excluded from the benefits of rapid economic growth, without access to basic social services and vulnerable to illness, unemployment and the region’s increasingly devastating natural disasters.

ADB's social development agenda involves people and their communities, organizations, institutions, societies and governments in all poverty relief activities. The aim is to reduce poverty, inequality and vulnerability among poor and marginalized persons by transforming institutions to enable them to foster inclusiveness and equitable access to services, resources and opportunities; empower people to participate in social, economic and political life; and provide security to help individuals cope with chronic or unforeseen and sudden risks.

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Fast Facts

of total expenditures on social protection in Asia goes to social assistance, but it helps 58% of target beneficiaries Source

of the population in Asia and the Pacific has moderate to severe disabilities; however, programs for them accounting for only 0.9% of total social expenditures Source

Only 17%
of the poor benefit from existing social protection systems Source