May 2014

  • Why are more women dying in childbirth in Indonesia?

    By Susann Roth on Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    As the world marks International Day of Action for Women's Health, maternal deaths are an uncomfortable reminder that much work still needs to be done. Indonesia is a case in point. While it is one of the fast growing economic powerhouses in Asia it is also experiencing a worrying rise in maternal deaths.

  • The stupid curve: Asia’s missing women leaders

    By Imrana Jalal on Monday, 26 May 2014

    Why are there so few women in senior management when Asia has had more female state leaders than even Europe? And why does this continue when there is clear evidence that more women in leadership is good for the bottom line?

  • It’s time to listen to the scientists

    By Nessim Ahmad on Thursday, 22 May 2014

    The messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear—human induced climate change is happening, climate impacts on humans and natural systems will be significant, and dramatic mitigation needs to happen very soon.

  • Target social protection in Tajikistan to where it is needed

    By on Friday, 16 May 2014

    In ensuring the success of social protection programs, who benefits from public transfers is as important as how much or what type of support is provided. Tajikistan offers a case in point.

  • How youth can find their voice through debating

    By Chris Morris on Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Debating empowers young people, builds oral presentation skills, develops confidence in public speaking, and trains debaters to listen, assess and form arguments. Recognizing this, ADB over the last four years has been supporting youth debates in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Farewell Astana, Hello Baku

    By Satinder Bindra on Monday, 05 May 2014

    We’ve wrapped up our 47th Annual Meeting in Astana today with plenty of food for thought on what lies ahead for our vast, diverse region.

  • Kazakhstan – historic venue for fertile ideas

    By Satinder Bindra on Sunday, 04 May 2014

    Almost 1,500 years ago in the sixth and seventh century, southern Kazakhstan was part of the famous Silk Road that carried goods, ideas and cultural influences from as far as China to Europe.

  • Asia rising—and faster than expected

    By Erik Solheim on Sunday, 04 May 2014

    Asian success stories have broken down the old distinctions between rich countries and poor, developing and developing, development assistance providers and aid recipients.

  • Getting Asia in shape for the future

    By Satinder Bindra on Saturday, 03 May 2014

    Where are Asia’s economies headed to in the short and long term? What shape are they in to withstand future financial crises? And how can they respond to the yawning rich-poor divide, now a key concern among Asian and global policymakers? These were some of the key points discussed over the first two days of business at our 47th Annual Meeting, held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

  • All Eyes on Astana for ADB’s Annual Meeting

    By Satinder Bindra on Thursday, 01 May 2014

    With its stunning, modern architecture, crisp blue skies, and myriad influences, Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, provides a dramatic backdrop for ADB’s 47th Meeting of the Board of Governors that starts 2 May and concludes three days later.