New E-Learning Course Details Circular Economy Keys to Arresting Unsustainable Consumption
The new ADBI E-Learning course Circular Economy: Increasing Resource Efficiency and Designing Out Waste examines unsustainable linear consumption trends and how the shift to a more circular economy could bolster sustainable growth and climate change mitigation. Co-led by ADBI’s Linda Arthur and Derek Hondo, it introduces circular economy principles and examples of infrastructure, investment, and business innovation needed to stem unsustainable consumption and meet climate targets. It also describes policy solutions for scaling up a circular economy, including strategies to fight plastic pollution and its mounting social costs. Take the course and view the summary video
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
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- Overturning common assumptions about the burden of population aging
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- Women’s Economic Empowerment in Asia After COVID-19
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