With ADB support, the Philippines became in 2010 the first Asian country to phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Most countries in the region followed suit, and now these bulbs are barely used because the market won’t buy them anymore.
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The reports provide a practical framework and regional visions for further harmonization of bond markets in the region, and once the process is complete, it is expected to reap huge rewards for borrowers and investors.
In our August blog poll, we asked readers what they believe to be the priority sources of funding for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to be implemented on 1 January 2016. ADB has been getting prepared ahead of time, especially on the financing question.
Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes, protect hard-won development gains, and minimize the adverse consequences to economic growth.
To tackle gender biases and imbalances, Nepal is working on a new constitution which aims to give more political opportunities for women, and recognize the important role of women in the transition from fragile state to developing economy.
The PRC has achieved remarkable economic growth but serious imbalances between regions and areas remain, and the government is aiming to bridge these gaps by developing inclusive finance tools.
In the Pacific, many fragile countries have no conflict or violence at all. So how do you know whether a given state has dimensions of fragility or not? Here are 7 indicators that development organizations should watch for and consider when preparing strategies and project designs.
With the overall goal of scaling up sustainable transport by up to 50% of loans and grants by 2017, ADB plans to work more closely with its developing member countries on sustainable transport options that could fit their development master plans.
The OECD has finally acknowledged the diversity of risks and vulnerabilities that lead to fragility. In line with this tool, ADB’s own proposed fragility index considers fragility as a complex and multidimensional issue.
There is no better time than when on vacation to catch up on ADB’s ever-expanding reading list, and here are 5 recent publications on development economics you may consider adding.
Since women often spend the money they earn on services with wider societal benefits, what are the costs of direct or indirect exclusion? How can women become more actively engaged in climate planning, as well as receive and share the benefits of this engagement?
ADB is committed to finance the last stretch of a regional transport corridor that includes a road passing through Myanmar’s restive Kayin State. It would have been easier for ADB to simply avoid a conflict-affected area, but we did not shy away from the challenge.
A focus on inclusion in the new SDGs is vital for Asia and the Pacific, where inequality has risen some 20% in the past two decades, and around 1.4 billion people live under $2 a day.
In the run-up to its second high-level meeting in Kenya next year, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation will need to consider some difficult questions on what to focus on for the post-2015 world.
In Nepal, women and girls are the primary collectors, transporters and managers of the household water supply. Water sources in many areas are located far from their houses, and although the situation has improved over the last decade, women in remote rural areas must walk for 4-5 hours just to fetch water.