Social Development and Poverty: Articles

  • November 2012

    Mongolia: Learning through Soap Operas

    An innovative ADB project in Mongolia aims to teach the most vulnerable in society how to overcome times of financial hardship using simple, effective tools, and a bit of advance planning.
  • October 2012

    Conditional Cash Transfers Decrease Poverty in Asia

    Offering cash allowances to poor families in exchange for sending their children to school might appear to be a small idea. Yet, the impact it can have on breaking the cycle of poverty for those families is all but negligible. Children of families living in extreme poverty often miss out on the opportunity to go to school because they instead want to support their family and put food on the table. Mired in malnutrition and illiteracy, the next generation continues the cycle of poverty, unless these families receive financial support.
  • October 2012

    Social Enterprises in Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore

    Social enterprises play a vital role in addressing social and environmental challenges in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. With a significant number of people living in extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, social enterprises, i.e., organizations that pursue social goals through commercial strategies, serve as a vital link to narrow the gap in the region's income disparity.
  • October 2012

    World Food Day: Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

    On World Food Day, talks to Prof. Julian Cribb, author of 'The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It,' who shares about the need to reduce waste and excessive food demand in Asia.
  • September 2012

    Data and Statistics about Pensions and Aging in Asia

    This feature provides a snapshot, by the numbers, of the key issues discussed in ADB's book, Pension Systems in East and Southeast Asia: Promoting Fairness and Sustainability.
  • September 2012

    Payment for Ecosystem Services in Asia and the Pacific

    A new approach to environmental conservation can help governments protect ecosystems and build stronger economies. speaks with Conservation International's Vice-President for Global Policy Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, who pioneered the development of payment for ecosystem services (PES) in Costa Rica.
  • July 2012

    Auke Idzenga: Water Pumps for the Rural Poor in the Philippines

    Engineer Auke Idzenga, Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc., talks about how he developed and promoted a ram pump technology that provides clean water to many upland communities in Negros, Philippines and across Asia.
  • June 2012

    Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Hitting the Poor Hardest

    Carola Donner-Reichle, Senior Advisor at ADB's Regional and Sustainable Development Department, speaks to about the need to mitigate the social and economic impact of climate change.
  • May 2012

    Poverty, Inequality and Economic Growth in Asia

    The landscape of aid has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Asia has cut the number of extreme poor by 430 million from 2005 to 2010 but it remains home to two thirds of the world's poor. Four fifths of the region's population live in countries with rising inequality. Treating developing Asia as a single unit, its Gini coefficient - the most common measure of inequality - has worsened from 39 to 46 in the past 2 decades.
  • April 2012

    Unfair Economic Growth in Asia

    New figures from ADB's Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2012 show inequality is on the rise across the region - casting a shadow over Asia's ongoing economic success.