August 2013

  • Photo by Lester V. Ledesma for ADB 2011.

    Walking the walk on a green future

    By on Thursday, 29 August 2013

    The scale of urbanization in Asia over the past few decades has been truly astonishing and there is no sign of it stopping. In the next 20 years, another 1.1 billion people in the region will call cities their home.

  • From Andhra Pradesh to Wall Street: Rethinking the ethics of finance

    By Betty Wilkinson on Tuesday, 27 August 2013

    The changing landscape of finance is a huge subject so let’s start with a short history of banking (thanks here to Wikipedia). The word actually comes from banca or bench where the moneylenders sat. 

  • Planthoppers feeding on a rice stalk. Photo credit: IRRI

    From pets to pests: The case of the rice planthoppers

    By on Thursday, 22 August 2013

    In my childhood years, we considered planthoppers as pets. My brothers would catch, feed and train them for hopping races with other kids. Little did I know that these seemingly harmless insects can become crop destroying pests.

  • Figure 1. Stock Prices and QE Timeline. <a href="" target="_blank">View enlarged graph</a>.

    Is Asia ready for an end to QE?

    By Cyn-Young Park on Monday, 19 August 2013

    Asian stock markets have been under pressure recently from an announcement by the US Federal Reserve that “quantitative easing”, or QE as it is commonly referred to, is likely to be tapered off in the near future.

  • Gender equality means food security for Asia and the Pacific

    By Imrana Jalal on Monday, 12 August 2013

    Does gender equality REALLY have the potential to cut hunger and increase food security in the region?

  • All for one and one for all in Pacific development

    By on Thursday, 08 August 2013

    In Pacific culture the vaka, or outrigger canoe, represent Pacific islanders’ connection to their ancestry, their way of life, and the environment. Embodying respect, balance, harmony, and teamwork, the vaka is a symbol of community members working successfully together. 

  • Cambodia’s rural women beating poverty with partnerships

    By Karin Schelzig on Monday, 05 August 2013

    Tep Roeung’s husband abandoned her and their 3 young children in 1999.  She was just 21 years old.  Uneducated and with few skills, Roeung farmed a small rice field in rural Siem Reap province to support her family.