August 2015

  • Rice fields submerged by floods in Pakistan.

    Extending the reach of flood insurance

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Thursday, 27 August 2015

    Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes.

  • The new constitution aims to recognize the role of women in Nepal's transition from fragile state to developing economy.

    Gender-inclusive constitution key to Nepal’s transition from fragility to development

    By Sharada Jnawali on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    To tackle gender biases and imbalances, Nepal is working on a new constitution which aims to give more political opportunities for women, and recognize the important role of women in the transition from fragile state to developing economy.  

  • A woman with a wagonload of harvested crops in Guangdong, PRC.

    Bringing financial services to the PRC’s poor will boost poverty reduction

    By Seung-Min Lee on Thursday, 20 August 2015

    The PRC has achieved remarkable economic growth, but serious imbalances between regions and areas remain. The government is aiming to bridge these gaps by developing inclusive finance tools.

  • Rusty infrastructure from a state-owned enterprise in the Marshall Islands.

    7 symptoms of fragility in Pacific developing countries

    By Cyrel San Gabriel on Tuesday, 18 August 2015

    In the Pacific, many fragile countries have no conflict or violence at all. So how do you know whether a given state has dimensions of fragility or not?

  • Freshly laid tracks on an ADB-financed new railway in Afghanistan.

    Time to scale up sustainable transport in Asia and the Pacific

    By Tyrrell Duncan on Friday, 14 August 2015

    With the overall goal of scaling up sustainable transport by up to 50% of loans and grants by 2017, ADB plans to work more closely with its developing member countries on sustainable transport options that could fit their development master plans.

  • Children fishing in the Marshall Islands, one of 9 ADB developing member countries listed as fragile.

    Let’s rethink how we work in fragile states

    By Patrick Safran on Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    The OECD has finally acknowledged the diversity of risks and vulnerabilities that lead to fragility. ADB’s own proposed fragility index considers fragility as a complex and multidimensional issue.

  • A young girl reading a book in Nepal.

    5 new books that will change the way you think about developing Asia

    By ADB Blog Team on Monday, 10 August 2015

    There is no better time than when on vacation to catch up on ADB’s ever-expanding reading list, and here are 5 recent publications on development economics you may consider adding.

  • Women masons being trained in Viet Nam to run a biogas construction company. Photo by SNV

    Getting women actively involved in climate change mitigation

    By Dagmar Zwebe on Friday, 07 August 2015

    Since women often spend the money they earn on services with wider societal benefits, what are the costs of direct or indirect exclusion? How can women become more actively engaged in climate planning, as well as receive and share the benefits of this engagement?

  • The combined ADB-Myanmar Ministry of Construction team poses for a group photo.

    Working in conflict-affected areas – the Myanmar experience

    By Elaine Thomas on Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    ADB is committed to finance the last stretch of a regional transport corridor that includes a road passing through Myanmar’s restive Kayin State. It would have been easier for ADB to simply avoid a conflict-affected area, but we did not shy away from the challenge.

  • Children living beside railway tracks in Bangladesh.

    Actions for inclusion amid rising inequality

    By Vinod Thomas on Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    A focus on inclusion in the new SDGs is vital for Asia and the Pacific, where inequality has risen some 20% in the past two decades, and around 1.4 billion people live under $2 a day.

  • A student at a primary school in Bangladesh.

    What’s next for the GPEDC in the post-2015 world?

    By Manju Senapaty on Monday, 03 August 2015

    In the run-up to its second high-level meeting in Kenya next year, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation will need to consider some difficult questions on what to focus on for the post-2015 world.