ADBI-Griffith University Sign New MOU, Initiate Research to Advance Gender-Inclusive Digital Economic Recovery
ADBI and Griffith University’s Griffith Asia Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on economic development research and capacity building in Asia and the Pacific. The first project will focus on ways to expand economic opportunities for women stemming from COVID-19-driven digitalization. The project will identify mechanisms to boost women’s digital financial product and service usage and participation in the post-pandemic digital economy. It will draw upon diary-based surveys examining the use of smartphone-based financial services among households in Bangladesh and Indonesia, to be jointly conducted with MicroSave Consulting.
Book Authors Assess ESG Investment’s Potential to Drive Sustainable Economic Recovery
Authors of a new ADBI Press book examined post-COVID-19 pandemic environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment in Asia and its capacity to accelerate sustainable economic recovery during a launch webinar on 12 May. The editor of Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Under COVID-19, Naoko Nemoto of Waseda University, and a panel of contributors described the implications of uneven recovery and the war in Ukraine for low-carbon transition and sustainable finance growth. They also discussed how ESG investment could provide financing needed to address population aging, natural disasters, and inequality. View the webinar recording
Population Aging Burden May be Less than Feared: Expert
The population aging burden for demographically older countries could be less severe than previously assumed, said Vegard Skirbekk of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Columbia University during an ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar on 11 May. Skirbekk presented a new measure of aging burden that factors in age-related health. Compared to the traditional old-age dependency ratio, he explained that there is much less variation in the aging burden across countries. Greater focus on health and cognitive function, supported by health investment, is vital to address common health challenges for economies of all demographic profiles, he added. View the webinar recording
ADBI-WHO Fight Obesity Growth in Asia and the Pacific
Fiscal policy strategies to promote healthy diets and curb increasing obesity rates that are undermining public health and spiking healthcare expenditure in Asia and the Pacific were the focus of a multi-day ADBI-World Health Organization (WHO) workshop that concluded on 9 May. Drawing upon case studies, policy makers and experts examined regional and country-level obesity drivers, practical challenges, and the implications for health systems and sustainable development. They also underscored the importance of evidence-informed decisions for raising the effectiveness of government action to boost public health and wellbeing.
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Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment under COVID-19
While greater investment is needed to support recovery in the wake of the pandemic, the longer-term outlook for economies depends on new capital flows.
COVID-19 and Economic Recovery Potential in the CAREC Region
The road to recovery from the pandemic may be daunting, yet economic trends suggest the potential for the recovery process to positively influence socioeconomic development in Central Asia.
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- Long-Term Financing of Water Supply and Sanitation Projects
- Sanitation, Accountability Mechanisms, and Institutional Arrangements
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- Prospects for Transitioning from a Linear to Circular Economy in Developing Asia
- The role of developing Asia’s central banks in dealing with volatile capital outflows
- How to bridge the gap between policy research and government action to spark Asian economic recovery
- Women’s Economic Empowerment in Asia After COVID-19
- ADBI pioneer on guiding Asia’s development in the face of transformational change and new risks
- Unpacking COVID-19’s economic impacts and recovery potential in the CAREC Region
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