May 2013

  • New opportunities for expanding health services

    By Patricia Moser on Thursday, 30 May 2013

    A recent Reuters news article highlighted the challenges and opportunities of health reform in Asia. The article highlights the situation of a family whose premature infant daughter dies as a result of being unable to obtain infant ICU services in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

  • Avoiding the middle-income trap in the People’s Republic of China

    By Yolanda Fernandez Lommen on Thursday, 30 May 2013

    No one can say that the second largest economy in the world is trapped. Decades of structural change and rapid growth allowed for a swift transition from a low-income to a middle-income country. The challenge today lies in moving up to higher-income status. How could the People’s Republic of China (PRC) avoid the trap? 

  • Success rates of ADB's completed projects supporting Millennium Development Goals, approved 2002-2010. View infographic in <a href="">full</a>.

    What comes after the MDGs?

    By Vinod Thomas on Monday, 27 May 2013

    A global debate on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is already in full swing. For Asia and the Pacific, a new development agenda will need to address those MDGs that made only slow progress or regressed and a number of emerging development issues gaining prominence.

  • If data is not wisdom, then non-data certainly is not

    By on Monday, 27 May 2013

    Where hide the wise answers to questions vexing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy makers and practitioners in developing countries today? They ask, for example: will benefits outweigh costs of building a National Qualifications Framework. 

  • Impacts of increasing integration: Challenges in trade, finance and the environment

    By Jayant Menon on Thursday, 23 May 2013

    Regional cooperation and integration (RCI) has played an important role in Asia’s growth and development, and will have to play a role in managing the consequences of this ascendancy going forward.

  • Conditional Cash Transfers – are they helping promote gender equity?

    By Sri Wening Handayani on Monday, 20 May 2013

    For a non-gender specialist writing on gender equity, I don’t dare pretend to know everything about gender dimensions of CCTs, but I’d like to throw questions, and may perhaps strengthen the gender equity impact of CCTs. 

  • South Asia again confronts displacement by Mother Nature’s wrath

    By Bart Édes on Monday, 20 May 2013

    Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.  

  • Floating houses under a bridge.

    Social protection floors for an inclusive crisis recovery

    By on Thursday, 09 May 2013

    Crises oblige policymakers to rethink development models. The 1929 financial crash led to a New Deal that radically altered the development model of the day.

  • ‘Momentum 1000’: Time to strengthen partnerships with water and sanitation

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 09 May 2013

    ‘Momentum 1000’ marked a major milestone on 5 April 2013—1000 days left of action before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Where are the girls?

    By Shanny Campbell on Monday, 06 May 2013

    Perhaps the saddest indication of discrimination against women and girls are the millions of baby girls who are simply not born every year due to pre natal sex selection. On the average, for every 100 baby girls born in the world, we should expect between 104 and 107 baby boys to be born. This is called Sex Ratio at Birth or SRB.

  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary. See Conditional Cash Transfer <a href="">photo essay</a>

    Observations of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the field

    By Brian Chin on Monday, 06 May 2013

    I participated in the South-South Learning on Conditional Cash Transfers workshop held at ADB Headquarters, 16-19 April 2013 that was organized in cooperation with Inter-American Development Bank.

  • The Last Dispatch from Delhi: Three “I’s and Incredible India

    By on Sunday, 05 May 2013

    And so, our annual meeting has come to a close. When the final head count is in, we are pleasantly surprised that over 5,900 have registered, including over 500 civil society  and 400 media. That is a record and a sign that this is the premier  event for those who care deeply about the region. 

  • Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate for Economics and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, as one of the seminar panelists.

    Drummers, Development, and Delivering Services

    By on Saturday, 04 May 2013

    One of the most anticipated events is the Opening Session of the Board of Governors and this year does not disappoint. We are privileged to have the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Chidambaram and the new ADB President Takehiko Nakao address the packed hall filled with almost 2000 delegates including governors. 

  • Giving people the tools to demand better public services

    By Bart Édes on Saturday, 04 May 2013

    Poor people rely more on the state for essential services and assistance than those in the middle and upper classes, who have more options available to them. 

  • Harnessing the power of apps for social and economic development across Asia and the Pacific

    By Bindu N. Lohani on Saturday, 04 May 2013

    Technology is playing an increasingly important role in how we think about solutions for global societal challenges. Take the apps revolution for a start. 

  • Nik Gowing, International Journalist and Broadcaster, moderates the Governors' Seminar: Beyond Factory Asia

    Of Governors, Factory Asia and India Day

    By on Friday, 03 May 2013

    It was the host country’s chance to enjoy the limelight with ‘India Day’ taking center stage as an array of eminent speakers provided insights into a country which holds some of the world’s richest tycoons, and half of Asia’s poorest citizens.

  • Can urban food security be part of the solution rather than the problem?

    By on Friday, 03 May 2013

    We all grew up around the stereotype that the farmers grow the food and the cities consume the food.  Can and should  city  residents also produce the food that they consume?

  • Moving beyond factory Asia: How to leverage regional dynamics to unlock growth potential

    By Cyn-Young Park on Friday, 03 May 2013

    Developing economies in Asia and the Pacific (developing Asia) have registered remarkable growth over the past few decades.  During 1980–2010, developing Asia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.1% annually on average, compared to the world average of 2.8%.

  • Of Civil Society, Jobless Youth and Short Skirts

    By on Thursday, 02 May 2013


    The Annual Meeting is off to a lively start with standing room only as civil society participants meet ADB senior Management, journalists turn up unannounced demanding entry to the opening day press confrence, why youth can't get jobs and short skirts are deemed unacceptable.

  • University students at Institut Teknologi Bandung learn advanced computer skills during IT class. Information technology is one of Indonesia's education priorities.

    Asia’s road to becoming a knowledge economy: A game of catch-up or a game changer?

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Thursday, 02 May 2013

    This seminar to be held at the 46th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors today discusses the growing importance of knowledge based economic development for developing Asia.