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The decision to purchase earthquake insurance has an individual component and a societal component. An image of the quake devastation in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Why we should buy earthquake insurance

By Social Protection Team on Tue, 19 May 2015

After the recent catastrophe in Nepal, it’s time for homeowners in Asia and the Pacific to decide whether or not to purchase earthquake insurance. On one hand it could happen tomorrow, on the other it may not happen for another 80 years – so is it a gamble we are willing to take?

The Partnerships Forum will cover resilient, smart, and sustainable technology and solutions available for the energy, transport, water, urban and rural sectors.

Knowledge partnerships for solutions

By Ryu Fukui on Mon, 18 May 2015

ADB-supported projects deliver concrete results  that solve specific development challenges in infrastructure, environment, regional cooperation and integration, finance sector development and education. However, there is a lot more to do.

The electricity industry in 2025 and beyond could be very different from what it is today.

Top 10 electricity future megatrends

By Sohail Hasnie on Mon, 18 May 2015

New technology is rapidly changing our lives, and Tesla’s new Powerwall battery could very well become Neil Armstrong's one giant leap for mankind in electricity storage. Here are 10 megatrends that may shape the electricity industry in the next few years.

In recent years, Malaysia, Singapore, and Pakistan have experienced rapid credit growth that brought their debt-to-GDP ratio close to the threshold that defines a credit boom.

Has Asia's debt risen too quickly?

By Thiam Hee Ng on Wed, 13 May 2015

Debt has ballooned in developing Asia following the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, supported by plentiful global liquidity. With the US Federal Reserve about to raise interest rates, data from the Asian Development Outlook 2015 gives a clearer picture about the possibility of a credit slowdown in the region.

The striking building complex of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku is considered an example of Azerbaijan’s rapid development into a vibrant, dynamic and forward-looking country.

Bye bye Baku

By Satinder Bindra on Tue, 05 May 2015

As ADB's 48th Annual Meeting draws to a close, it's time to reflect on highlights such as livable cities, partnerships, regional integration, collaboration with AIIB, the ADF-OCR merger – as well as admire the host city and look forward to next year's meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

Speakers discussed how closer cross-border ties can help countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus overcome existing challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.

Cross-border cooperation in CAREC – the next steps

By ADB Blog Team on Tue, 05 May 2015

The countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus have seen a surge in growth and investor interest in recent years, but the region also faces formidable obstacles. A seminar looked at how closer cross-border ties can help overcome existing challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.

The seminar was moderated by ADB Vice President Bindu Lohani.

How to make Asia’s cities ‘livable’

By ADB Blog Team on Sun, 03 May 2015

By 2050, up to 65% of Asia’s population is expected to live in cities. With urbanization growing at such at a breakneck speed, many believe that how cities cope with it may well determine the region’s long-term productivity and overall stability.