Social development: Equitable growth for all
Social development is about achieving equitable and sustainable improvements in the physical, social, and economic well-being of individuals and groups, especially the socially or economically disadvantaged.
Integrating social dimensions in ADB operations
Social dimensions such as participation, gender and development, social safeguards, and management of social risks are incorporated into the three major processes of ADB operations: country programming, project design, and project implementation.
During the preparation of ADB country partnership strategies, ADB staff work with key government officials to facilitate the participation of NGOs, local communities, business associations, workers' and women’s organizations, indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders.
An initial poverty and social analysis is a prerequisite for all loan and grant-based investment projects and programs. This means potential social issues are addressed during project preparation to ensure that project design maximizes social benefits and avoids or minimizes social risks, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
ADB staff, government officers, and consultants are guided by the following documents in order to effectively integrate social dimensions into ADB-financed operations:
After project completion, the project performance evaluation assesses the impact of the project on targeted beneficiaries, affected people, and other stakeholders.
Students at the Pakistan Navy Relief Camp.
ADB is helping the Philippines reach its goal of reducing poverty to 14% of its population by 2022 through projects such as the $500 million Expanded Social Assistance Project.