December 2014

  • Photo courtesy of ANSA-EAP

    Does education equal wealth?

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Monday, 22 December 2014

    At an E-Camp: Social Accountability for Better Education Services held in the Philippines on 3-5 December, 2014, students from various countries in the Asia and Pacific region asked, “Is education still a way out of poverty?”

  • Ten steps toward achieving universal health coverage

    By Susann Roth on Friday, 19 December 2014

    When ADB recently hosted a conference on using information and communication technology (ICT) in universal health coverage, it was vital not to miss the opportunity to pin down practical steps that participants could commit to taking in their own workplace. The conference culminated in the iCTen Steps: practical next steps with both quick wins and some longer-term goals that can be adapted to specific country settings, regardless of where they are on the road to universal health coverage.

  • There’s nothing random about fostering an environment of creativity

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Thursday, 18 December 2014

    Creativity has little space where tasks are practiced as regimentation. “Business unusual” is a catchphrase about doing things differently, to bring about change, to innovate. Times are becoming more complex.  For economic gain, nature can no longer be simply considered as something to be “conquered” by people to extract wealth

  • Will we see an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?

    By Jayant Menon on Monday, 15 December 2014

    Launched as a political bloc and security pact in the aftermath of the Viet Nam War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved to embrace an ambitious economic agenda. Its latest project is to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by 31 December 2015. But is this likely?

  • ICT helping countries move toward universal health coverage

    By Susann Roth, Jane Parry on Friday, 12 December 2014

    ICT can bridge the gap between existing health systems and universal health coverage, but it’s a complex process and every country has its own challenges.

  • Speaking up for Asia’s invisible population

    By Anna Oposa on Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    Recall the time you had to apply for a passport, driver’s license, job, or bank account. You are required to bring proof of identity, and more often than not, the most basic proof of existence would be your birth certificate. You probably know exactly where it is – tucked away in an envelope in a drawer, or perhaps a fireproof vault. This is not the case for some 230 million children around the world under the age of 5 who have not had their births registered. 

  • Will the Green Climate Fund pledges create a momentum for ongoing climate negotiations?

    By Preety Bhandari on Thursday, 04 December 2014

    The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries. 

  • Launching Protect the Goal campaign

    Move away from HIV and AIDS? Not quite yet!

    By Susann Roth, Patricia Moser, Jane Parry on Monday, 01 December 2014

    As we mark today World AIDS Day, we can reflect that there is so much more that remains to be done on combating HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.