In the Spotlight
The Promise of Smart Cities
The concept of smart cities is often seen as the glittering solution to many of the world’s urban development challenges. But ‘smartness’ is not solely about the technology or efficiency of systems. In today’s quest for livable and healthy cities, smart is about putting people first.
Q&A: Ayako Inagaki on ADB’s COVID-19 Support to Southeast Asia
Ayako Inagaki, director of human and social development at ADB’s Southeast Asia Regional Department, helps oversee ADB’s COVID-19 portfolio for Southeast Asia—$5.8 billion and counting.
Empowering women in public service in Lao PDR
ADB's support for Lao PDR’s Health Sector Governance Program helped the government move toward its goal of universal health care by 2025 and improved delivery of health services, particularly for the poor, women, and children.
Strengthening the Environmental Dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Stocktake of National Responses to Sustainable Development Goals 12, 14, and 15
This report presents the results of a survey of 15 developing countries in Asia and the Pacific regarding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 12, 14, and 15.