Enhancing access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in homes, schools, hospitals, and public facilities is key to ensuring the wellbeing of communities and equips them to better handle health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on global trade and supply chains with many vulnerable economies in low-income countries being disproportionately affected.
Many countries in developing Asia have been left with large negative fiscal balances due to the impact of COVID-19, ADB data show. A fiscal imbalance occurs when a government spends more money than it takes in through tax and other revenues.
In addition to the ongoing threat to health in developing Asia, the pandemic has led to an unprecedented economic crisis, with millions of jobs lost and companies closed.
Key Responses to COVID-19 by the Asia-Pacific Economies: An Update from the ADB COVID-19 Policy Database
ADB's COVID-19 Policy Database, launched on 20 April 2020, provides information on the key economic measures that authorities are taking to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new ADB publication looks at the major challenges that Asia must overcome to get more Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) off the ground and to use them far more effectively than currently.
The growing trade battle that broke out in early 2018 between the United States and the People's Republic of China means GDP could fall over a period of 2-3 years.
International remittances now represent the second most important source of external funds after foreign direct investment for all developing economies, including those in Asia. What impact are they having on reducing poverty?
A recent ADB Institute publication explores the experiences of advanced and developing economies in Europe and Asia in providing financial services to low-income households and small and medium-sized enterprises.
Developing countries in Asia have created 30 million jobs annually in industry and services over the past 25 years, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018: How Technology Affects Jobs.