July 2015

  • ADB-supported initiatives helped provide 2.7 million people with access to clean water supply in Nepal.

    Nepali women at the forefront of improving community water, sanitation services

    By Suman Subba on Friday, 31 July 2015

    We helped women in Nepal stop being seen as mere water fetchers, and empowered them to become true leaders within their communities.

  • Children playing on an old military tank in Afghanistan.

    Fragile and conflict-affected situations: Why they matter, and how aid can help

    By Patrick Barron on Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Working in fragile and conflict-affected situations in Asia and the Pacific requires development agencies to do business differently.

  • ADB logo at HQ entrance gate, Manila.

    ADB’s challenge: Moving from 3 Ss to 3 Cs

    By Indu Bhushan on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

    Recently, someone from one of our developing member countries commented that ADB is too small, slow and self-centered. This assessment might sound harsh, but the numbers speak for themselves.

  • Sarulla is key to demonstrating geothermal commercial viability in Indonesia.

    To become a renewable energy superpower, Indonesia must learn from Sarulla’s example

    By Lazeena Rahman on Monday, 27 July 2015

    Sarulla was the first greenfield, commercial investment in Indonesia geothermal in almost 20 years, and remains key to demonstrating the sector’s commercial viability in the country.

  • Growth deceleration in the PRC matters enormously to the rest of developing Asia.

    PRC’s slowdown for Asia’s growth – key takeaways

    By Shang Jin Wei on Saturday, 25 July 2015

    The Chinese economy is slowing down, and this is likely going to have a noticeable effect on the world economy and especially globally integrated economies in developing Asia. An analysis by ADB Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei.

  • Far fewer tourists now visit Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu.

    Nepal’s cultural heritage needs post-quake rebuilding, but lives on

    By Karen Lane on Friday, 24 July 2015

    Four months after the deadly earthquake in Nepal, the country is struggling to rebuild cultural and historical sites like the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu to bring back badly needed tourism revenues.

  • A woman installs a solar panels on the roof of her house in rural Bhutan.

    Are you killing your electrical utility?

    By Sohail Hasnie on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    New technologies such as lithium-ion batteries, LED lights and rooftop solar power are changing the way electricity is generated and supplied. We also need less electricity; with energy-efficient lighting and appliances, our electricity needs are reducing every year.

  • MDBs want to move ‘from billions to trillions’ on development finance to achieve the SDGs.

    #Fin4Dev: 10 things MDBs can bring to the table

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 20 July 2015

    As the dialogue on #Fin4Dev advances, multilateral development banks and the IMF have joined hands to seriously consider what they specifically can bring to the table in going from ideas to action. Here are 10 takeaways from last week's major #Fin4Dev conference in Addis Ababa.

  • Women wait with their children in a maternity center in Dhaka.

    Progress made, and more to come on women’s urban health in Bangladesh

    By Nasheeba Selim on Monday, 20 July 2015

    Increased access to health care has dramatically improved maternal health in cities across Bangladesh. The progress, however, cannot yet lead to contentment.  

  • Over the long term, Asian markets may be more affected by the actions of the Fed than recent market volatility.

    East Asian bond markets entering choppy waters

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Friday, 17 July 2015

    After years of smooth sailing through calm market conditions, bond markets in East Asia are navigating through stormier weather. ADB data released this week shows that weaker growth in the US and the PRC has weighed down overall regional growth.

  • #NCE2014 showed how all countries can build strong economies while substantially reducing climate risk.

    Toward the 2°C pathway: Insights from the New Climate Economy 2015 report

    By Soon Chan Hong on Friday, 17 July 2015

    In its second report, the GCEC identifies 10 key economic opportunities that could close up to 96% of the gap between current emissions levels and those needed to limit the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.

  • The region’s main challenge is not how to generate more domestic savings, but rather how to direct them toward sustainable development investments.

    Post-2015 #Fin4Dev: Views from Asia and the Pacific

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

    Why shouldn’t every dollar count for sustainable development? This fundamental query has been repeatedly emerging from Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the post-2015 SDGs now under discussion.

  • \The “ultrapoor” spend 80% or more of their income on food. A street beggar in Bandung, Indonesia.

    Proof in – extreme poverty can end. What are we waiting for?

    By Betty Wilkinson on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

    The ultrapoor want desperately to escape poverty and have richer, more meaningful lives. Governments and NGOs want inclusive growth and prosperity. There is a proven way we can address all these challenges – the ultrapoor graduation model.

  • Women fetching water during a very dry season in Myanmar.

    4 principles for better tracking climate finance for adaptation

    By Loreta Rufo on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    ADB and 5 other multilateral development banks, along with the International Development Finance Club, have taken another step forward in standardizing the way we track climate finance for adaptation. The move is a welcome advance in improving the transparency and targeting of future funding.

  • Children in school in Bhutan.

    MDGs, SDGs and all that: Deciphering the new development agenda

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    In two months we will finally know the final Sustainable Development Goals. But how did we get here, and what does this framework mean for global development efforts? Let's get to know the SDGs a bit better.

  • UN Economic Commission for Africa Conference Center in Addis Ababa. Photo by Jose M. Alonso

    What's Addis all about?

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 13 July 2015

    Everyone in the development community seems to be talking about Addis these days. The capital of Ethiopia is hosting the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development on 13-16 July.

  • ADB took part this week in Slingshot Manila, an official APEC conference to promote startup entrepreneurship and investment.

    3 reasons to invest now in cleantech startups in Asia

    By Daniel Hersson on Friday, 10 July 2015

    Clean technology is about developing and deploying new solutions that can help address the impacts of climate change. Here are 3 additional reasons why the time has come to support cleantech entepreneurs.

  • A family of farmers in Lao PDR.

    Why people don’t buy insurance in Asia

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Wednesday, 08 July 2015

    Insurance is often viewed as a product of the sophisticated, capitalistic system of the West, and those who are outside this cultural group are less likely to value insurance protection. Asians, who rely on informal insurance such as a family network, are thus typically less focused on buying insurance.

  • Diarrhea patients in a hospital in Dhaka.

    Urban health – from Bangladesh to India

    By Inez Mikkelsen-Lopez on Monday, 06 July 2015

    The 12th International Conference on Urban Health was held last month for the first time in a developing country, something remarkable given that almost all urban population growth in our lifetime is predicted to take place in developing countries.

  • The average age of a Filipino farmer is now 57.

    Who's growing tomorrow's food?

    By Yasmin Siddiqi on Friday, 03 July 2015

    With a rapidly growing population in Asia and rising demand for drinking water, power, and food the competition for water resources is huge. The future challenge is how to grow more food with less water.