Improved school sanitation could advance gender equality in education and inclusive development, said Anjali Adukia of the University of Chicago during an ADBI Featured Speaker webinar co-hosted with the Institute for Fiscal Studies on 1 March. Drawing upon her research of India’s economically diverse states, she explained that installing separate latrines for male and female students could be a relatively low-cost way to enhance school sanitation, safety, and enrollment, particularly for pre-pubescent girls. She also noted the importance of policies that align education, sanitation development, and gender equality. View the webinar recording and speaker presentation.
Fiscal approaches for enabling post-COVID-19 green development in Asia were highlighted during a virtual policy dialogue on 24-26 February, co-hosted by ADBI, the Indonesia Ministry of Finance Fiscal Policy Agency, and University of Indonesia Institute for Economic and Social Research. Paul Ekins of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy, and Resources framed the discussion in keynote remarks stressing the region’s importance in the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Policy makers and researchers went on to examine Asia’s sustainable financing conditions and instruments, including green bonds, carbon taxes, emission trading, and public private partnerships.
ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discussed priorities for fostering competitive post-COVID-19 supply chains in Southeast Asia during the 2021 Forum on Competition in Developing Countries hosted by the Philippine Competition Commission on 22-23 February. He described the role of digitalization in promoting inclusive growth and called for greater regional cooperation to address the potential rise of big-tech monopolies and creeping protectionism. He also explained how green strategy and the creation of a regional carbon market could help boost supply chain resilience and competitiveness.
Asian and European high-speed rail (HSR) policy lessons and the sector’s post-pandemic growth in developing Asia were the focus of an ADBI-Japan Railway Technical Services (JARTS) virtual policy dialogue on 24 February. Researchers and HSR operators spotlighted imperatives for advancing HSR projects, including buffers to mitigate budget overruns and planning delays, multi-disciplinary strategy to balance stakeholder interests, and low carbon and sustainable project design. They also examined HSR developments in Germany, India, and Japan and policy decision-making adaptation.
The Korea Development Institute (KDI) has become the latest member of the Think-Asia knowledge-sharing network administered by ADBI and the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. Under the scheme, select KDI English language books and reports on economic development are now available for free on Think-Asia’s online repository of over 12,000 knowledge products from 27 of the region’s leading think tanks and will be updated regularly. It builds on a memorandum of understanding between ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and KDI enabling tripartite research and capacity building for the region through 2025.
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- Toward an ASEAN COVID-19 travel balloon
- Toward a robust economic recovery from COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific
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- Virtual Conference on COVID-19 and Economic Recovery Potential in the CAREC Region
- Book Launch: Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms
- Virtual Conference on Fintech and COVID-19
- 11th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better
- Call for Research Proposals on Women and Online Marketplaces in Developing Economies in Asia and the Pacific
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SMEs in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation countries can contribute to economic development by helping to diversify the production base, create employment opportunities, alleviate poverty, and increase regional food security.
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- Equitable Land Use for Asian Infrastructure
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