July 2013

  • Rising tide raises all boats — Or does it?

    By Indu Bhushan on Monday, 29 July 2013

    Last week, the development economics world was shaken by an open clash between two of its most distinguished luminaries—Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati. One is a Nobel Prize winner in the field of economics, and the other is widely believed to be worthy of one.  

  • Aging without security: Asia's experiences on introducing social pension

    By Sri Wening Handayani on Thursday, 25 July 2013

    There is a saying if you live in Asia and don’t work in public service, you will stop working only when you die.  According to the United Nations (UN 2008), many of the poor are older persons living in rural areas due to low and insufficient lifetime earnings. 

  • Women ride past burning garbage in Cambodia.

    Pursuing green growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    By on Friday, 19 July 2013

    Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate change occurrences and growing disaster risks.

  • On willingness to pay for water

    By on Thursday, 18 July 2013

    Willingness to pay for water has been and will continue to be a challenge.  The average consumer would prioritize their expenditures, and like it or not, water isn’t on the top of that priority list. 

  • Closing the gap: New trends and challenges faced by developing Asia

    By Vinod Thomas on Monday, 15 July 2013

    Evidence-based strategies—the pragmatic pursuit of polices that worked—were at the front and center of developing Asia’s extraordinary success in raising living standards and reducing extreme poverty over the past two decades.

  • Mobile Technologies: new frontiers for development

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Friday, 12 July 2013

    A technology that has circled the world, connected up millions and impacted upon developed and developing countries is mobile telephony. The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate, do business and access products and services. 

  • All you need to know about ADB's Social Protection Index

    By Sri Wening Handayani on Wednesday, 10 July 2013

    The Social Protection Index is a relatively simple indicator that divides total expenditures on social protection by the total number of intended beneficiaries of ADB's social protection programs.

  • Greying Asia: A case of increasing the retirement age?

    By Indu Bhushan on Thursday, 04 July 2013

    An increase in life expectancy by 40% and decline in fertility by 50% in about half a century -- this is a great achievement!