March 2015

  • A female taxi driver in Nepal.

    Twenty years after Beijing: We must invest still more in Asia’s women and girls

    By Bindu N. Lohani on Monday, 30 March 2015

    There has certainly been progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995 – but we still have a long way to go.

  • A woman buys drugs from a pharmacy in Sri Lanka.

    Is the medicine you take effective and safe?

    By Susann Roth on Friday, 27 March 2015

    Low-quality antibiotics—combined with over-prescription and poor compliance by patients—have led to antimicrobial resistance worldwide, one of the biggest public health threats in human history.

  • Aceh, Indonesia, 10 years after the Itsunami.

    To transfer disaster risk, let’s partner with the insurance sector

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Thursday, 26 March 2015

    The new Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction supports risk transfer and insurance to reduce the financial impact of disasters on governments and societies, especially in vulnerable developing countries.

  • Since financial development does not necessarily reduce inequality, inclusive growth calls for concerted government efforts to strengthen financial inclusion.

    How to finance stable, inclusive growth in Asia

    By Donghyun Park on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    The Asian Development Outlook 2015 highlights how developing Asia’s financial development still lags the advanced economies by a wide margin despite good progress. What can we do to bridge that gap, and also ensure ensure the region’s financial sector grows in a stable, inclusive way?

  • Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) batters the Philippine province of Laguna.

    Disaster resilience: Sendai framework to kick-start post-2015 agenda

    By Charlotte Benson on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

    Last week, representatives from 187 UN member states agreed on a new international framework to foster greater disaster resilience across the globe, the first of four global agreements on the post-2015 development agenda.

  • A child in a slum flooded by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in the Philippines.

    World Water Day: How we can ‘unflood’ Asia

    By Amy Leung on Monday, 23 March 2015

    On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.

  • The outer islands of the Maldives are home to over half of the country’s population.

    Pay less for electricity with renewable energy in the Maldives

    By Antonio Lopez on Friday, 20 March 2015

    What if shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy could result in citizens paying not more, but less for electrical power? That’s precisely the goal of an ADB-supported project in the Maldives.

  • Women receive counseling at a rural clinic in Rajasthan, India.

    Universal health coverage: Too important for Asia to postpone

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Universal health coverage not only protects the majority of the population from experiencing catastrophic financial loss as a result of high out-of-pocket costs, but also promotes better quality of services and greater health equity.

  • ADB senior management officials and experts engaged top youth debaters to discuss the best and most urgent approach to tackle global warming. Photo by Mike Babista

    Climate change: Who will save Asia, and the world?

    By Anna Oposa on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

    Will a top-down or a top-bottom approach save Asia and the world from climate change? ADB senior management officials and experts engaged top youth debaters to discuss the issue.

  • Students attend an IT class in Bandung, Indonesia

    APEC 2015: Tapping into the potential of high-value services

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Monday, 16 March 2015

    Analysts have long argued that the services will help take Asian emerging economies further up the value chain in global markets, but first we need an altogether different lens to look at the sector.

  • Laborers at the Chittagong Port in Bangladesh.

    Why men and masculinities matter for gender equality

    By James L. Lang on Friday, 13 March 2015

    Working with boys and men for gender equality is nothing new, but seems to have expanded exponentially as both an academic theme and programming approach over the last decade.

  • In the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of Asia’s worst disasters ever, Aceh (Indonesia) was virtually wiped off the map. Photo by Richard Abrina

    Asia’s disaster data shows need for leaders to scale up resilience at Sendai meeting

    By ADB Blog Team on Thursday, 12 March 2015

    Thousands of participants will converge in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March for the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to agree on a new global plan to make nations and communities more resilient to natural calamities.

  • UK health workers train to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo by Simon Davis/DFID

    What we’ve learned from Ebola

    By Susann Roth on Tuesday, 10 March 2015

    Ebola was a wake-up call for countries and the wider international aid community that have not invested enough in strengthening health systems. The outbreak has shown that we need to improve the way we manage outbreak responses, and that more needs to be done to prepare us for pandemics.

  • An ADB-supported microfinance institution in Uzbekistan.

    3 ways to serve Asia and the Pacific’s 'unbanked'

    By Stephen P. Groff on Monday, 09 March 2015

    To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region’s growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the “unbanked”.

  • The 369 solar panels, with a 10° tilt facing South, cover an area of 716m2 and can generate up to 110.7 kW/h of electricity. Photo by Eric Sales

    Harnessing solar energy… again

    By on Friday, 06 March 2015

    As part of No Impact Week, ADB officially turns on its second solar power plant on the rooftop of the new Third Atrium building at ADB’s headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

  • Elementary students perform a traditional dance in Turkmenistan.

    Let's end the pink-blue stereotypes so girls and boys have the world at their fingertips

    By Laurence Levaque on Wednesday, 04 March 2015

    The socialization process by which children learn gender roles and stereotypes starts from a very young age, when children become really aware of their gender identity.

  • Schoolgirls in Kathmandu. Photo by Karen Lane

    Spanners and skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs in Nepal

    By Karen Lane on Monday, 02 March 2015

    In Nepal, we need to make sure not only that all kids get the chance to go to school, but that they also stay in school, and learn the skills they need to find future jobs.