Enhancing ADB’s presence in Canada and the United States from Washington, DC
22 June 2021NARO Webinar: ADB's Development Effectiveness in 2020: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
At this NARO webinar on June 22, 2021, Representatives of ADB's Results Management and Aid Effectiveness Division Bernard Woods, Lu Shen, and Lindsay Renaud will present on ADB's 2020 Development Effectiveness Review. A panel discussion featuring Scott Morris of the Center for Global Development and Edgard Rodriguez of the International Development Research Centre will discuss the presentation, moderated by ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm. The discussion will focus on ADB’s efforts to meet its clients' COVID-19 response needs in 2020, while also supporting long term strategic priorities including climate change, gender equality, and the needs of the poorest people and countries in the region. Register here.
9 June 2021NARO hosts virtual consultation sessions on ADB's Energy Policy
On June 7 and 9, 2021, NARO hosted virtual consultation sessions for North America-based CSOs, NGOs, and research organizations on ADB’s draft 2021 Energy Policy. NARO Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm opened the sessions and Energy Sector Chief Yongping Zhai presented highlights of the energy policy to participants from over 25 organizations over the course of the two sessions. Learn more about ADB's draft 2021 Energy Policy.
8 June 2021ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada briefs US State Department on ADO 2021
On June 8, 2021, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada briefed US State Department counterparts on the Asian Development Outlook 2021. CE Sawada presented on the impact of COVID-19 on development outlooks and ongoing risks to economic recovery. DG Sawada also discussed the impact of learning and earning losses due to school closures.
3 June 2021ADB briefs Global Affairs Canada on ADO 2021
On June 3, 2021, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada briefed over 80 Global Affairs Canada (GAC) counterparts on the Asian Development Outlook 2021. GAC Director for Economic Growth and IFIs Andrew Hurst and NARO Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm opened the briefing. CE Sawada presented on the impact of COVID-19 on development outlooks and education gaps across developing Asia and discussed the special theme chapter on "Financing a Green and Inclusive Recovery."
1 June 2021NARO, University of Waterloo, IDRC, and MEDA co-host webinar on sustainable finance
On June 1, 2021, NARO co-hosted a webinar on sustainable finance with University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; International Development Research Centre (IDRC); and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada presented the Asian Development Outlook 2021 special theme chapter on green and social finance and discussed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on development outlooks to over 75 participants. This was followed by a panel of discussants from IDRC and MEDA. Learn more and watch the recording.
18 May 2021East-West Center in Washington hosts ADO 2021 presentation
On May 18, 2021, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada presented the Asian Development Outlook 2021 at a webinar hosted by the East-West Center in Washington. Mr. Sawada discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on development outlooks and highlighted the pandemic’s severe disruption to education across Asia and the Pacific. He also discussed the potential for green and social finance to drive sustainable recoveries. North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm and East-West Center Vice President Satu Limaye also provided remarks. Watch the event recording.
11 May 2021ADB Chief Economist discusses ADO2021 theme chapter with Canadian International Council
On May 11, 2021, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada discussed ADB's recent Asian Development Outlook 2021 with the Canadian International Council National Capital Bureau Asia-Pacific Study Group. Dr. Sawada discussed the impact of COVID-19 on economic outlooks in developing Asia and engaged in discussion with the Asia-Pacific Study Group on the ADO2021 theme chapter on green and social finance. Dr. Sawada outlined the potential for green and social finance to drive a sustainable recovery in the region.
5 May 2021ADB Chief Economist presents Asian Development Outlook 2021 at Georgetown University
On May 5, 2021, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada presented the Asian Development Outlook 2021 to a virtual audience of over 80 attendees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, research organizations, and the public. Dr. Sawada discussed the impact of COVID-19 on development outlooks in Asia and the Pacific. He also highlighted the potential for green and social finance to drive a sustainable recovery in the region. ADB North American Representative Lesley Bearman Lahm and Georgetown Professors Steven Radelet and Shanta Devarajan also provided remarks. Learn more about the event.
29 April 2021Social Development Chief Wendy Walker leads discussion on COVID-19 social impacts and social protection
On April 29, 2021, Chief of ADB's Social Development Thematic Group Wendy Walker presented to global health and Asian studies graduate students and faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Walker outlined the social impacts of COVID-19; achievements, gaps, and challenges in developing effective responses; innovations in programs and delivery systems; and priorities for ADB in strengthening social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific going forward. Learn more about the event.
14 April 2021ADB Vice President Ahmed M. Saeed featured in Meridian roundtable event
On April 14, 2021, ADB Vice President Ahmed M. Saeed opened an invitation-only virtual roundtable hosted by Meridian International Center with remarks on how COVID-19 continues to impact growth across Southeast Asia. VP Saeed also discussed how ADB adapted to the interdisciplinary impact of the pandemic and the need to lay the foundation for a resilient, smart, and green recovery going forward. The discussion included over 15 high-level representatives from US and Canadian corporations and research organizations.