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Confronting COVID-19: ADBI Solutions for Asia and the Pacific

In the Spotlight

  • ADBI Partners with Global Think Tanks to Promote COVID-19 Recovery

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the importance of digitalization for enabling COVID-19 recovery at a global think tank town hall on pandemic solutions hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) on 13 May. Dean Sonobe said utilizing digital innovations will be key to harnessing structural changes in economies accelerated by COVID-19, including the heightened role of e-commerce, remote work, and new business models. He noted this will require greater efforts to address digital access and skills divides as well as privacy and cybercrime risks. ADBI will work with other top think tanks under the TTCSP initiative to formulate recovery recommendations for governments and the global community.

  • ADBI Informs COVID-19 Water Risk Reduction Principles

    ADBI experts have teamed up with ADB and global partners to launch policy principles for mitigating water disasters in the COVID-19 era. ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe helped devise the principles which promote actions for protecting areas affected by water emergencies like floods and droughts from becoming COVID-19 epicenters and expediting recovery. Dean Sonobe and ADBI’s Capacity Building and Training Department will also support implementation efforts, in coordination with the UN-initiated High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters that co-developed the principles.

See ADBI’s expert analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on developing Asia and the Pacific, and policy ideas for promoting relief, recovery, and resilience in the region.

Projects

 

ADBI and the Asian Productivity Organization are conducting a survey to gauge the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related policies on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Asia and the Pacific. The project’s aim is to promote improved support policies for these vulnerable firms based on an empirical examination of SME productivity, production and supply chain trends and trade flows during the pandemic, as well as responses to government assistance measures.

Project Team:

Contact: Peter J. Morgan ([email protected])

 

 

ADBI is conducting a survey to gauge the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and related government policies on households in 8 ASEAN member countries. The project’s aim is to promote improved support policies for vulnerable households based on an empirical examination of their income, employment, remittances, consumption, and child education during the pandemic, as well as responses to government assistance measures. This is being done through phone surveys.

Project Team:

Contact: Peter J. Morgan ([email protected])