April 2013

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    I live in the time of superheroes

    By on Tuesday, 30 April 2013

    I’ve been called idealistic way too many times because I dream of a country that is not poverty-stricken, an education system that does not deprive opportunity, a government that sets aside personal gain and a world where a sense of community is undeniable.

  • Impressions from the World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting – Ministerial Roundtable on social protection

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 29 April 2013

    I would like to keep you at pace with the global dialogue on social protection. This year the spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank hosted the second annual Ministerial Roundtable discussion entitled, “Closing the Gap – Safety Nets Where the Needs are Greatest."

  • Regional cooperation and integration in a changing world

    By Jayant Menon on Monday, 29 April 2013

    With Asia’s continuing rise and growing impact on the global economy, regional cooperation and integration (RCI) is expanding, bringing with it both benefits and costs. To sustain region-wide economic growth, an integrated market for the free flow of trade and investment across the region is necessary.

  • Cooking second-generation conditional cash transfers: What’s the best recipe?

    By on Friday, 26 April 2013

    Nowadays, the secret to coming up with better nourishment is to check what recipes are available online, read reviews and attempt to come up with your own by mixing ingredients and techniques gathered from different sources.  

  • An opportunity for regional public goods in health strategy

    By Brian Chin on Thursday, 25 April 2013

    The current H7N9 avian influenza (bird flu) that has infected 108 cases and claimed 22 lives, and that has just spread outside People’s Republic of China (PRC) as of 24 April 2013 should be a stern reminder that global (and regional) health threats continue to loom large.

  • Natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific. <a href="http://blogs.adb.org/sites/default/files/blog-natural-disasters-asia-pacific.jpg">View infographic in full.</a>

    Upping the game on disaster preparedness

    By Vinod Thomas on Monday, 22 April 2013

    The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.

  • Farmers glean the beach for seafood at low tide in Moromaho Island, Indonesia. Photo from <a href="http://www.adb.org/news/photo-essay/coral-triangle-book">Coral Triangle Book 2011.</a>

    Why invest in natural capital?

    By Nessim Ahmad on Monday, 22 April 2013

    We’ve been thinking a lot lately about investing in “natural capital” in Asia and the Pacific – one of four key thrusts of ADB’s newly approved Environment Operational Directions for 2013-2020. 

  • Why social protection should top the Asian agenda

    By on Friday, 19 April 2013

    As 2013 brings more sluggish growth for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the developing nations of Asia remain the stellar performers of the global economy. And yet on one key indicator the region is lagging behind: investment in social protection in Asia and the Pacific region is lower than in any part of the developing world except sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Is choosing an unhealthy lifestyle a human right?

    By Indu Bhushan on Thursday, 18 April 2013

    Recently, the New York Supreme Court overturned the city’s proposal to ban oversized soda drinks, terming it “arbitrary and capricious.” This was seen as an unwarranted infringement on people’s choices and lifestyle.

  • H7N9: The threat and opportunity

    By Susann Roth on Wednesday, 17 April 2013

    In the last weeks a new strain of a bird flu virus was observed for the first time in humans in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The virus, which has been traced to a reassortment of genes from wild birds in East Asia and chickens in East PRC, poses many urgent questions and raises global public health concerns about an expanding outbreak.

  • Migrant workers: Doing the dirty work for others

    By Bart Édes on Monday, 15 April 2013

    Millions of workers from developing Asia and the Pacific venture to richer economies in the region, the Middle East, and beyond to fill gaps in the labor market. They take on menial jobs that require little schooling and no formal qualifications.

  • Social protection – What’s in a name?

    By on Monday, 15 April 2013

    Working in the development field brings us closer to people. While there’s no assurance that what we are doing would create huge impacts on development, we take comfort in knowing that in our own little ways, we contribute to a higher purpose – human development.

  • Photo credit: Lester V. Ledesma for ADB 2011

    What you can do to improve access to finance

    By Betty Wilkinson on Thursday, 11 April 2013

    Did you know that there are over 2.5 billion people without any bank accounts in the world, and most of them are in Asia? And less than one quarter of the world’s 2.4 billion poor have a bank account. Managing their money using formal financial services – savings accounts, loans, insurance, and remittances -- is a wonderful, terrible, impossible dream for many, many families.  

  • Students of Mechai Pattana Bamboo School in Buriram, Thailand

    Educating the poor the social entrepreneurial way

    By on Thursday, 11 April 2013

    In common with the best international schools, Year 10 students at the school established in Burriam, Thailand by former Senator Mechai Viravaidya, spend a year away from home (in this case, to the Thai beach resort area of Pattaya).  There they experience a different culture, gain independence, and develop teamwork as they transition to young adults. 

  • Afghanistan women: Weaving their way out of poverty

    By Shanny Campbell on Monday, 08 April 2013

    What do you do if you want to boost the benefits flowing to women from a regional road project?

  • Photo credit: Rakesh Sahai for ADB 2010.

    Time to walk the talk for Post 2015! Impressions from the HLPEP meeting in Bali

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 08 April 2013

    Two weeks ago I attended the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLPEP) meeting in Bali, which I had anticipated for many weeks. Working on the Asia and the Pacific perspectives of the post 2015 development agenda, the Bali meeting was one of the highlights where I expected to gain more insights into the HLPEP work and the thinking behind it. 

  • Improving water security demands new strategies

    By on Thursday, 04 April 2013

    While the economies of Asia and the Pacific seem to have weathered the storms roiling Europe and America, the region might be approaching a significant crisis of its own.

  • Properties built in a flood prone area in Popua Village, a suburb in the outskirts of Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Photo credit: Luis Enrique Ascui 2010 for ADB.

    Changing times: The challenge ahead for Tonga

    By on Thursday, 04 April 2013

    Climate change these days is the new development buzzword, and rising sea levels and drought incidences highlight the increasing urgency for action. Yet for some reason, there is disconnect between the high level commitment to action and the carrying out of projects that effect change. 

  • Photo credit: Syed Muhammad Rafiq for ADB 2010.

    Gender dimension in energy: How energy can be made to empower women

    By Charity Torregosa on Monday, 01 April 2013

    Women use the time saved from having electricity in doing more household work while men use the extra time in recreation and leisure. This was one of the results of a study  on the interfaces of energy, poverty and gender through in-depth investigation in selected rural provinces of the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.