Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2015 Update: Enabling Women, Energizing Asia

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The region must strengthen its ability to respond to external shocks. Emerging markets are facing receding capital flows and depreciating currencies—a trend that may be exacerbated by the upcoming rise in US interest rates. Implementing macroprudential policies and developing local currency bond markets can bolster financial system resilience and mitigate risks to borrowers.

Enabling Women, Energizing Asia

Currently moderating growth highlights the need to identify untapped resources in the region. Developing Asia has made considerable progress in closing gender gaps in health and education over the past several decades. Today, narrowing gender gaps in the labor market is a good way to give the region a considerable growth boost—and, at the same time, do the right thing for women as individuals.


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About the publication

The annual Asian Development Outlook presents an analysis of developing Asia’s recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next 2 years. This update shows whether forecasts were met, explains divergence between forecasts and the actual outturn, and firms the forecasts for the next 18 months or so. 

  • Part 1 Bracing for economic headwinds
    • Transition to a new normal
    • Responding to capital flows
    • Corporate debt and the strengthening dollar
    • The PRC and commodity exporters in developing Asia
  • Part 2 Enabling women, energizing Asia
    • The unfinished agenda for gender equality
    • Facilitating labor market entry
    • Expanding occupational choices
    • Equalizing worker compensation
    • Unleashing women’s potential
  • Part 3 Economic trends and prospects in developing Asia
    • Subregional summaries
      • Central Asia
      • East Asia
      • South Asia
      • Southeast Asia
      • The Pacific
  • Statistical appendix


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