ADB's Focus on Gender and Development
In the Spotlight
Malaysia's inclusive business enterprise Batik Boutique is reinterpreting the ancient craft of batik textile-making, giving the opportunity for women from a disadvantaged background to break the cycle of poverty.
The Asian Development Bank is delivering on its goal to increase development finance to the Asia and Pacific region and is making good progress towards achieving its development and operational targets, especially in climate change and gender, says a new ADB performance review.
ADB has received $12.6 million of funding for 2018 to 2020 from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) to generate more resources for Sri Lankan women-led businesses.
Helen Clark, the first woman elected as New Zealand Prime Minister and former UNDP Administrator, shares her thoughts on current shifts across industries and around the world that are shaping women’s empowerment.
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.