April 2015

  • Potential sources of private development finance for the region include over $6.2 trillion in private savings.

    Fast facts: Development finance for the SDGs in Asia

    By ADB Blog Team on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

    Financing the anticipated and wide-ranging SDGs in Asia and the Pacific alone could cost well over $1 trillion per year, according to a new ADB report.

  • A seamstress at a small garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Why the gender gap hurts Asia’s long-term growth potential

    By Cyn-Young Park on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

    Women in Asia are on average 70% less likely than men to be employed, a gender gap that persists despite booming economic growth, decreasing fertility rates and increasing access to education in the region, according to a new ADB report.

  • A family planting crops at an ADB-supported project that supplies water for farm irrigation.

    Can more social protection stop the 'race to the bottom' in Asia?

    By Michelle Domingo-Palacpac on Friday, 24 April 2015

    Asia’s economic growth owes a lot to the rise of both big business and SMEs. But left alone, there is little incentive for private firms to do more for workers beyond the norm.

  • Toshi Masuoka

    How to scale up inclusive business in Asia and the Pacific

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    What can ADB learn from IFC’s experience promoting inclusive business,  and what are the main challenges and opportunities in the region?

  • The ADB-supported North Luzon Expressway Rehabilitation and Expansion Project in the Philippines.

    PPPs in ASEAN: Why I’m excited, and how to keep the momentum

    By Pratish Halady on Monday, 20 April 2015

    ASEAN is at an inflection point that could soon make it the bustling PPP market ADB has long been working toward.

  • A foreign laborer works on a construction project in Singapore.

    How to channel migrant remittances to deliver growth

    By Mayumi Ozaki on Friday, 17 April 2015

    Migrant remittances, a lifeline for many developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, have grown dramatically with barely any support by the public sector or donor agencies. A recent ADB forum discussed how governments can make better use of this money to create domestic job opportunities.

  • Students learn ICT skills with computers supplied by ADB in a school in Thai Nguyen, Viet Nam.

    Why recalibrating technical and vocational education training matters for inclusive growth

    By Hyun H. Son on Thursday, 16 April 2015

    One key challenge that restricts the region’s further growth potential is how to not only overcome TVET exclusion, but also deepen the talent pool and facilitate its integration into the market.

  • A multi-purpose cooperative in the Philippines shows how civil society and communities working together can improve livelihood opportunities, while also looking after the environment.

    5 myths about partnering with civil society

    By Suzanne Nazal on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    ADB's engagement with CSOs and NGOs has changed over time, and Strategy 2020 highlights partnerships with  both as central to ADB's project development processes — but there are still misconceptions about working with CSOs, which create challenges not only for ADB but for other development institutions as well.

  • Rahul Roy

    Gender equality: Why development needs to address masculinities

    By ADB Blog Team on Friday, 10 April 2015

    Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy recently visited ADB to screen his 2013 film “Till We Meet Again” and discuss how development programs can incorporate masculinities to truly achieve impact on gender equality.

  • A girl carrying vegetables to sell at the vegetable market in a rural area.

    Accelerating public capital investment to reduce Nepal's infrastructure deficit

    By Chandan Sapkota on Thursday, 09 April 2015

    Public capital spending has been persistently weak in Nepal, and raising the amount and quality of capital expenditure required to close the infrastructure deficit is one of the country’s most pressing challenges.

  • Astrid S. Tuminez

    Women's leadership: How to close the gender gap in Asia

    By Karen Lane on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

    Asia’s booming economic growth has helped reduce the gender gap in many countries. However, there is still much room for improvement. We sat down to discuss women’s leadership with Microsoft's Astrid S. Tuminez.

  • An ADB-supported health clinic in the Marshall Islands.

    World Health Day: Where developing Asia stands on the health MDGs

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    As we approach the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals, how has developing Asia performed so far on achieving the MDGs related to health? Here are a few highlights based on ADB’s latest data.