The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a sharp economic downturn and rapid rise in unemployment in Bangladesh. To assist the government, ADB committed more than $2.6 billion to manage the immediate economic, social, and health-related impacts of the pandemic.
About 195,400 farmers in poor, drought-prone counties in Qinghai province, People's Republic of China can now enjoy affordable irrigation thanks to the loan funded by ADB and capacity development technical assistance funded by the Multidonor Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility.
Uzbekistan, with its over 33 million inhabitants, plays a key role in the economic development of Central Asia. Over the past few decades, the double-landlocked country has undergone a remarkable transition from a former Soviet state to a market-based economy. A new administration in 2016 initiated systemic reforms to further improve lives and foster an enabling environment for businesses that would create quality jobs.
With girls in Mongolia spending more time online and falling prey to cyber harassment, an ADB technical assistance is providing digital and crowdsourcing approaches to prevent new forms of gender-based violence, increase reporting, and hold predators accountable.
To enhance inland water transport in People's Republic of China’s Hunan Province, ADB helped finance the construction of a navigation–cum–hydropower complex, an inland port, and landing stations in remote rural areas.
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.