May 2015

  • Left — Soni outside the unsafe block of Sri Sundar Suryodaya Primary School. Right — The remaining part of the school which is totally destroyed.

    Reopening schools and rejuvenating hope in Nepal after the earthquake

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Saturday, 30 May 2015

    How is Nepal getting its education back on track after the deadly earthquake? The government has decided the best way forward is to deploy 15,000 transitional learning centers to re-start the education process immediately.

  • OECD Lead Governance Advisor Sara Fyson

    What you need to know about the OECD’s new approach to fragile states

    By ADB Blog Team on Friday, 29 May 2015

    The OECD’s new approach to fragile states assesses fragility as a universal issue that can affect all countries in different dimensions – not only those traditionally considered “fragile” or conflict-affected.

  • CLFR focuses the sun's heat onto a system of tubes carrying water, which is then transformed by the concentrated sunlight into superheated steam that feeds a steam turbine to generate electricity.

    New solar power plant brings clean energy to Rajasthan, India

    By Aniruddha Patil, Virender K. Duggal on Friday, 29 May 2015

    As the sun blazes down on the Thar Desert, pushing solar radiation levels beyond 400 W/m2, a new renewable energy plant is now harnessing the immense power of sunlight to power Rajasthan, India’s largest state.

  • The author attended this year’s EAHF Annual Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

    What we can learn from Africa on public-private dialogue in health

    By Susann Roth on Thursday, 28 May 2015

    Many African and Asian countries face similar health care challenges. More than half of the people in Africa go to the mostly unregulated private health care sector to get diagnosed and treated, and they pay out-of pocket. The same is true for Asia and the Pacific.

  • Construction workers building a bridge in Bhutan.

    Infrastructure key to unlocking pan-Asian integration

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Wednesday, 27 May 2015

    South Asia-Southeast Asia integration is no longer a pipe dream and with national and regional policy attention, it can become a reality.

  • Eggplant harvest in Nepal.

    Minding the food gap: Reinforcing the link between inclusive growth and food security

    By Hyun H. Son on Monday, 25 May 2015

    Success in tackling food insecurity is an important component of how inclusive an economy’s growth is. Unless the benefits of growth are equitably shared, access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for all will remain a challenge.

  • Families are suffering depleted household food stocks and farmland in severely affected rural areas, and supply disruptions from the PRC.

    Updated economic outlook following Nepal’s earthquake – prices, trade, budget

    By Chandan Sapkota on Friday, 22 May 2015

    Inflation is expected to rise significantly after the recent earthquake in Nepal, which will also have an impact on the country’s external sector balance and fiscal balance. Check out our updated analysis.

  • Tourism has dropped sharply in Nepal due to the earthquake, landslides, and avalanches, resulting in cancellation of bookings and changed travel plans.

    Updated economic outlook following Nepal’s earthquake – agriculture, industry, services

    By Chandan Sapkota on Friday, 22 May 2015

    What effects will the recent earthquake in Nepal have over the agriculture, industry, and services sectors? Here’s an update on our initial economic assessment from three weeks ago.

  • The quake affected about two-thirds of Nepal’s 75 districts, particularly in the central and western parts of the country.

    Updated economic outlook following Nepal’s earthquake — needs and priorities

    By Chandan Sapkota on Thursday, 21 May 2015

    Immediately after the devastating 25 April earthquake in Nepal, ADB made an initial assessment of how the catastrophe would affect the country’s economic growth. Here’s an update on the background, needs, and priorities following last week’s strong aftershock.

  • An image of Jakarta, one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most populated megacities.

    Urban climate change resilience: How to maintain essential functions

    By Alexandra Vogl on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    Many cities in Asia and the Pacific face the challenge of how to adapt to the effects of climate change. ADB’s Urban Climate Change Resilience manual notes how they must address urban systems, climate change, and vulnerable groups in a holistic approach.

  • An image of the quake devastation in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Why we should buy earthquake insurance

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

    After the recent catastrophe in Nepal, it’s time for homeowners in Asia and the Pacific to decide whether or not to purchase earthquake insurance. On one hand it could happen tomorrow, on the other it may not happen for another 80 years – so is it a gamble we are willing to take?

  • The Partnerships Forum will cover resilient, smart, and sustainable technology and solutions available for the energy, transport, water, urban and rural sectors.

    Knowledge partnerships for solutions

    By Ryu Fukui on Monday, 18 May 2015

    ADB-supported projects deliver concrete results  that solve specific development challenges in infrastructure, environment, regional cooperation and integration, finance sector development and education. However, there is a lot more to do.

  • The electricity industry in 2025 and beyond could be very different from what it is today.

    Top 10 electricity future megatrends

    By Sohail Hasnie on Monday, 18 May 2015

    New technology is rapidly changing our lives, and Tesla’s new Powerwall battery could very well become Neil Armstrong's one giant leap for mankind in electricity storage. Here are 10 megatrends that may shape the electricity industry in the next few years.

  • Hunan’s low-carbon incubator wants to become a model that can be replicated across the PRC and developing Asia.

    What the future holds for climate technology – the case of Hunan, PRC

    By Xuedu Lu on Friday, 15 May 2015

    Hunan, a major manufacturing hub in the PRC, recently launched a low-carbon technology incubator to offset environmental degradation and rising greenhouse emissions, and wants to become a model for developing Asia, where the business case for cleantech is emerging.

  • In recent years, Malaysia, Singapore, and Pakistan have experienced rapid credit growth that brought their debt-to-GDP ratio close to the threshold that defines a credit boom.

    Has Asia's debt risen too quickly?

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    Debt has ballooned in developing Asia following the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, supported by plentiful global liquidity. With the US Federal Reserve about to raise interest rates, data from the Asian Development Outlook 2015 gives a clearer picture about the possibility of a credit slowdown in the region.

  • A trainee at the ADB-supported Women's Development Center project in Cambodia.

    Different genders, different decisions: Why Asian women aren’t in work

    By Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Sakiko Tanaka on Monday, 11 May 2015

    A new ADB report shows that how women decide to spend time differs to men, and that helps to understand why many women don’t join the formal workforce – and why, if they do, they are still likely to earn less than men and less likely to gain promotion.

  • A view of Kathmandu by night.

    Hard data and hard choices: Disaster risk financing in an Asian city

    By Madeleine Varkay on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

    Floods in India and Pakistan, typhoons in the Philippines and the recent earthquake in Nepal have reminded city leaders of the urgent need to safeguard the lives of their people, protect costly infrastructure, and ensure services and businesses can continue after disaster strikes.

  • The striking building complex of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

    Bye bye Baku

    By Satinder Bindra on Tuesday, 05 May 2015

    As ADB's 48th Annual Meeting draws to a close, it's time to reflect on highlights such as livable cities, partnerships, regional integration, collaboration with AIIB, the ADF-OCR merger – as well as admire the host city and look forward to next year's meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Speakers discussed how closer cross-border ties can help countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus overcome existing challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.

    Cross-border cooperation in CAREC – the next steps

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 05 May 2015

    The countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus have seen a surge in growth and investor interest in recent years, but the region also faces formidable obstacles. A seminar looked at how closer cross-border ties can help overcome existing challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.

  • Islamic finance has enormous potential for delivering much-needed financial services to Muslims who wish to exclude themselves from the formal financial system due to their beliefs.

    How Islamic finance is supporting a more inclusive Asia

    By ADB Blog Team on Monday, 04 May 2015

    ADB and the Islamic Financial Services Board launched today a new publication about how Islamic finance can contribute to sustainable growth in Asia. Here are a few highlights.