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Migrant workers from South and Southeast Asian countries contribute to manpower needs in developed countries, and to their home countries by sending remittances. A laborer works on a construction project in Singapore.

How to channel migrant remittances to deliver growth

By Mayumi Ozaki on Fri, 17 April 2015

Migrant remittances, a lifeline for many developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, have grown dramatically with barely any support by the public sector or donor agencies. A recent ADB forum discussed how governments can make better use of this money to create domestic job opportunities.

With support from ADB's Poverty and Environment Fund, a multi-purpose cooperative in the Philippine capital demonstrated how civil society and communities working together can improve livelihood opportunities while also looking after the environment.

5 myths about partnering with civil society

By Civil Society Team on Tue, 14 April 2015

ADB's engagement with CSOs and NGOs has changed over time, and Strategy 2020 highlights partnerships with  both as central to ADB's project development processes — but there are still misconceptions about working with CSOs, which create challenges not only for ADB but for other development institutions as well.

Rahul Roy

Gender equality: Why development needs to address masculinities

By ADB Blog Team on Fri, 10 April 2015

Indian filmmaker and gender equality advocate Rahul Roy’s documentaries explore how men behave toward women in the wider context of communities, class identities, and urban spaces. He recently visited ADB to screen his 2013 film “Till We Meet Again” and sat down with us to discuss how development programs can incorporate masculinities to truly achieve impact on gender equality.

Astrid S. Tuminez

Women's leadership: How to close the gender gap in Asia

By Karen Lane on Wed, 08 April 2015

Over the past two decades, Asia’s booming economic growth has helped reduce the gender gap in many countries. However, there is still much room for improvement particularly in government and in corporates. We sat down to discuss women’s leadership with Astrid S. Tuminez, Regional Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft Corp.

Low-quality antibiotics, combined with over-prescription and poor compliance by patients, have led to antimicrobial resistance worldwide, which is recognized as one of the biggest public health threats in human history. A woman buys drugs from a pharmacy in Sri Lanka.

Is the medicine you take effective and safe?

By Health Team on Fri, 27 March 2015

Have you ever wondered how and where the medicine you buy was manufactured, where the ingredients came from, if the quality of the ingredients was tested, if the medicine end-product was tested before it was registered in the country, how it was transported to your pharmacy, and how it was stored there? You should.

Since financial development does not necessarily reduce inequality, inclusive growth calls for concerted government efforts to strengthen financial inclusion.

How to finance stable, inclusive growth in Asia

By Donghyun Park on Wed, 25 March 2015

The Asian Development Outlook 2015 highlights how developing Asia’s financial development still lags the advanced economies by a wide margin despite good progress. What can we do to bridge that gap, and also ensure ensure the region’s financial sector grows in a stable, inclusive way?

Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) dropped 455 mm (17.9 inches) of rain on Metro Manila, Philippines in a span of 24 hours on 26 September, 2009. A month's worth of rainfall in a single day washed away homes and flooded large areas, killing hundreds and stranding thousands in the city and nearby provinces.

World Water Day: How we can ‘unflood’ Asia

By Water Team on Mon, 23 March 2015

On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.