Anuradha Rajivan

Former ADB Advisor, Strategy and Policy Department

Anu is the former ADB-wide focal point on the Sustainable Development Goals. She used to plan and guide ADB’s joint outputs under the ADB-UN partnership on the SDGs. Prior to her stint at ADB, Anu served at the UN Development Program’s Practice Leader on Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction in Asia Pacific, and led the regional Human Development Report series.

Blogs by this Author

  • Electrical power transmission lines in the Hindu Kush.

    Anthropocene: Are we in the age of man?

    Published on Monday, 06 June 2016

    Today’s human society does not have a symbiotic relationship with Nature as it intentionally alters natural processes, but whether or not it is a new epoch is not yet clear.

  • The 17 SDGs present a shared world vision for the next 15 years.

    My 6 takeaways on the SDGs

    Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Presenting a shared world vision for the next 15 years, the 17 SDGs came as no surprise as the text was politically negotiated and agreed ahead of time. Here are my 6 takeaways.

  • A group of children walking to a nearby river to fetch water in the Lao PDR.

    6 questions while getting ready for the SDGs

    Published on Thursday, 24 September 2015

    As world leaders gather this weekend in New York to officially adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, 6 questions come to mind.

  • The majority of our respondents believe the main source of funding for the SDGs should be domestic taxes.

    Blog poll: Where is the money to pay for the SDGs?

    Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015

    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.

  • MDBs want to move ‘from billions to trillions’ on development finance to achieve the SDGs.

    #Fin4Dev: 10 things MDBs can bring to the table

    Published on Monday, 20 July 2015

    As the dialogue on #Fin4Dev advances, multilateral development banks and the IMF have joined hands to seriously consider what they specifically can bring to the table in going from ideas to action. Here are 10 takeaways from last week's major #Fin4Dev conference in Addis Ababa.

  • The region’s main challenge is not how to generate more domestic savings, but rather how to direct them toward sustainable development investments.

    Post-2015 #Fin4Dev: Views from Asia and the Pacific

    Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

    Why shouldn’t every dollar count for sustainable development? This fundamental query has been repeatedly emerging from Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the post-2015 SDGs now under discussion.

  • Children in school in Bhutan.

    MDGs, SDGs and all that: Deciphering the new development agenda

    Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    In two months we will finally know the final Sustainable Development Goals. But how did we get here, and what does this framework mean for global development efforts? Let's get to know the SDGs a bit better.

  • UN Economic Commission for Africa Conference Center in Addis Ababa. Photo by Jose M. Alonso

    What's Addis all about?

    Published on Monday, 13 July 2015

    Everyone in the development community seems to be talking about Addis these days. The capital of Ethiopia is hosting the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development on 13-16 July.

  • There’s nothing random about fostering an environment of creativity

    Published on Thursday, 18 December 2014

    Creativity has little space where tasks are practiced as regimentation. “Business unusual” is a catchphrase about doing things differently, to bring about change, to innovate. Times are becoming more complex.  For economic gain, nature can no longer be simply considered as something to be “conquered” by people to extract wealth

  • Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

    Published on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

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