February 2015

  • GMS summit showcases winning environmental ideas from youth

    By Anna Oposa on Thursday, 26 February 2015

    The recent summit of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Environment Ministers provided a showcase for ideas from the region’s youth in three major fields of environmental work through the Youth4ASIA competition.

  • Open Access: A paradigm shift for ADB’s knowledge sharing

    By Satinder Bindra on Monday, 23 February 2015

    The next great innovation in development may come not from an international expert, but from a graduate student in Nepal who can’t afford to consult scholarly materials published behind expensive paywalls in commercial academic journals with restrictive terms of use. Publicly and easily available ADB research could help the student grow that idea into a project to fight poverty, promote inclusive growth, or reduce the effects of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. 

  • Pantawid Pamilya: Money for nothing?

    By Karin Schelzig on Thursday, 19 February 2015

    More than 4.4 million poor Filipino families receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet.  But they aren’t getting money for nothing—there is a catch: families only get the cash if their children go to school and get regular health check-ups, and if the parents go to family development sessions every month. 

  • Will Asian investment follow trade with Latin America?

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 16 February 2015

    Latin America is now firmly on the economic radar of Asia in the post-global financial crisis world, with both regions having grown faster than the world economy.

  • ADB’s safeguards policy could be a benchmark

    By Vinod Thomas on Thursday, 12 February 2015

    Safeguards to avert damage that development projects can do to the environment and communities are essential in development finance. 

  • Why AIDS funding stands at a crossroads in Asia and Pacific

    By Susann Roth on Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.

  • South Asian migrant laborers working on a construction project in Singapore.

    Countries and migrant workers pay high price for the benefits of remittances

    By Mayumi Ozaki on Thursday, 05 February 2015

    Every year, millions of people cross borders to work abroad. People migrate for various reasons, but for the majority of migrant workers, they are compelled by poverty and lack of job opportunities in their home countries.

  • What can we learn from eradication of smallpox?

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 02 February 2015

    The eradication of smallpox has been a great public health success over the last 30 or 40 years or so. Smallpox was responsible for 300 million–500 million deaths during the 20th century.