ADB's Focus on Gender and Development
In the Spotlight
The program has built over 600,000 kilometers of rural roads across India connecting over 150,000 habitations.
Women’s ownership of formal small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is low in Sri Lanka. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting the government of Sri Lanka in promoting women’s entrepreneurship through the Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises Line of Credit project, supported by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi).
A well-trained workforce is key to Bangladesh’s aspiration of becoming a developed country by 2041. Through the government’s flagship Skills for Employment Investment Program, ADB has already trained nearly 400,000 young people with new skills in 9 high priority areas, including the booming garments industry, by partnering with its many factories.
In Sri Lanka, efforts need to be made to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for girls to support their employment potential. Read blog
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.