Development Without Women Is Not Development: Why Gender Matters to the Asian Development Bank

Publication | May 2019

This publication features nine inspiring stories from Southeast Asia that showcase how, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), women are making positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others.

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Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for meeting Asia and the Pacific’s aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development. Under Strategy 2030, ADB has committed to accelerate progress in gender equality. ADB is increasingly designing its projects to promote women’s economic empowerment; boost gender
equality in human development, decision-making, and leadership; reduce poverty of women; and strengthen women’s resilience to external shocks.


  • Why Not a Female Mechanic, Plumber, Electrician, or Carpenter in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic?
  • Would a Woman Ride—and Work on—Train Transport in Viet Nam?
  • Reducing Poverty Requires Empowering Women—Bank Accounts, Skills, and Support Groups in the Philippines
  • Cash for Infrastructure Work Is Good for Women—and Families—in Cambodia
  • Why Rains, Drains, and Clean Lanes Are Women’s Issues in Viet Nam
  • Leveling Rice Fields for Women Farmers in Cambodia
  • How Small Animals and Small Businesses Lifted Women’s Aspirations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • The Extra Mile to Educate Girls in Remote Viet Nam
  • What Happens When a Woman Helps Build a Village Drain in Indonesia
  • Golden Opportunities for Women in Myanmar
  • Helping Tourism Benefit People Who Stay at Home in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Industry and trade
  • Transport
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Viet Nam
  • 58
  • 8.5 x 11
  • ARM190164-2

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