ADB's Focus on Gender and Development
In the Spotlight
This evaluation of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) support for gender and development (GAD) examined the relevance and results of ADB’s gender priorities at the corporate, country, and project levels during 2005–2015.
ADB's Strategy 2030 will prioritize support for gender equality as gender is a cross-cutting issue that influences all aspects of society and economic development. At the 50th Annual Meeting, President Nakao said ADB will “design projects that help women and girls secure higher skills, better health, more jobs, and a larger voice in decision-making." Read the news release.
Female and male leaders across Asia discussed how governments, companies, and citizens together can accelerate narrowing gender gaps at the workplace, forge women's leadership, and contribute to a more vibrant, inclusive, innovative, and sustainable society in Asia. Read more in Women’s Leadership for Vibrant, Inclusive, and Sustainable Asia.
An ADB-supported project, run in collaboration with the Swiss Development Corporation, helped over 59,000 students in Nepal learn new trade skills and find jobs.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for meeting Asia’s aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development. Gender equality needs to be pursued in its own right for a just and equal society, and for better development outcomes - inclusive growth, faster poverty reduction and Sustainable Development Goals.
Of working age women in developing Asia participates in the labor force in contrast to 80% of men
Could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women's equality