Derek Hondo, Capacity Building and Training Coordinator
Derek Hondo joined the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as a Capacity Building and Training Coordinator in October 2019.
He previously worked at ADBI as a CBT Associate from 2019-2021, where he worked on the ADBI E-Learning program, CBT events and training programs, and other knowledge output.
His research interests include climate change, circular economy, solid waste management, environmental policy, sustainable urban development, and infrastructure financing.
He holds an MA in Global Environmental Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo and received his Pre-medicine BSc in biology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Hondo, D. 2020. Journal of Global Environmental Studies (14). Tokyo: Sophia University.
Yoshino, N., N. Hendriyetty, and D. Hondo. 2021. In The Global Quest for Sustainability: The Role of Green Infrastructure in a Post-Pandemic World, edited by C. Secchi and A. Gili. Milan, Italy: Italian Institute for International Political Studies and McKinsey & Company.
With urbanization and the growing global population, much focus has been placed on finding solutions for improving solid waste management as a way to curb the growing amounts of waste being generated. However, governments should instead look at the root cause of the issue and shift toward exploring ways to generate less waste.
As the population in Asia continues to grow, so too will consumption trends. According to the United Nations (2020), the Asia and Pacific region has a population of 4.6 billion people, accounting for around 60% of the world’s population, and it is projected to increase to as much as 5.2 billion people by 2050 (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 2020).
In this podcast, ADBI’s senior capacity building and training specialist, Linda Arthur, and research associate, Derek Hondo, describe keys to addressing solid waste management gaps in fast-growing cities in Asia and the Pacific and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, against the backdrop of new pandemic-related pressures.
In this podcast, ADBI’s Linda Arthur and Derek Hondo, describe the prospects for achieving such a breakthrough and associated principles and policy priorities.