September 2015

  • A man sits on top of his house, turned into rubble by the earthquake in Melamchi, Nepal.

    Five months after the earthquake, where does Nepal stand?

    By Chandan Sapkota on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    The catastrophic April earthquake has added a new challenge to Nepal’s short-to-medium term economic and development prospects, currently threatened by political tension over the new constitution.

  • The 17 SDGs present a shared world vision for the next 15 years.

    My 6 takeaways on the SDGs

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Presenting a shared world vision for the next 15 years, the 17 SDGs came as no surprise as the text was politically negotiated and agreed ahead of time. Here are my 6 takeaways.

  • Members of multi-purpose community cooperative during a meeting with CSOs in Manila, Philippines.

    5 things civil society and the SDGs can do for each other

    By Suzanne Nazal on Monday, 28 September 2015

    How can CSOs contribute meaningfully to the new SDGs, and how can the post-2015 agenda support civil society’s development efforts over the next 15 years? Here are 5 ways.

  • A group of children walking to a nearby river to fetch water in the Lao PDR.

    6 questions while getting ready for the SDGs

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Thursday, 24 September 2015

    As world leaders gather this weekend in New York to officially adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, 6 questions come to mind.

  • A worker helping construct a port in India.

    First bond issue under guarantee facility can be a boon for Indian infrastructure

    By Donald Lambert, Siddhartha Shah on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    The first bond issue under a project bond guarantee facility set up in 2012 by ADB and IIFCL is a landmark achievement for Indian infrastructure development, as credit enhancement can help draw in money from insurance companies and pension funds.

  • The OGP Global Summit will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 27-29 October, 2015.

    Open government in Asia: What works, what doesn’t, and what can be improved

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    In the run-up to the OGP Summit in Mexico City, ADB and representatives from governments, civil society, and multilateral organizations to share their impressions about the current framework.

  • A vendor displays her merchandise at a market in Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia.

    Let’s scale up, vary access to SME finance to boost Asia’s growth, cross-border trade

    By Stephen P. Groff on Monday, 21 September 2015

    We need to make the best possible use of all financial instruments in our national and regional tool boxes so SMEs in Asia can continue driving national economies, providing jobs, and becoming globally competitive.

  • Gola Ulgiti.

    El Niño drought threatens Papua New Guinea’s fruit bowl

    By Sally Shute-Trembath on Thursday, 17 September 2015

    As El Niño weather patterns continue to smash global heat records globally and with even drier weather on the way, one area that is especially feeling the impact is PNG's Highlands region.

  • Girls heading to school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Making sustainability work

    By Vinod Thomas on Monday, 14 September 2015

    For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it encompasses a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.

  • South Asian women shared their personal stories about their saris at a recent sari gathering at ADB.

    South Asia must preserve the stories its saris tell

    By Karen Lane on Monday, 14 September 2015

    Every sari tells a story. Sometimes personal and sentimental, often historical, and usually cultural. Increasingly though, saris are a story about globalization, for both good and bad.

  • Of the 3,000 people employed by this ADB-supported textile factory in Turkmenistan, 95% are women.

    As SDGs loom, where do we stand now on gender equality?

    By Laurence Levaque on Friday, 11 September 2015

    Improving the lives of women and girls was part of the MDGs when they were adopted in 2000. Since then, much progress has been made—particularly on education—but that progress has been uneven and insufficient in many countries.

  • An ADB-supported project empowers local community members to patrol forests in Cambodia.

    ADB, World Resources Institute link up to share knowledge

    By Kallidaikurichi Seetharam on Wednesday, 09 September 2015

    ADB and the World Resources Institute have signed a knowledge partnership agreement to foster knowledge sharing and bring enhanced technical and advisory support to new projects at ADB.

  • Engineers working on a turbine at an ADB-supported wind power project in Thailand.

    Why 100% renewable generation won’t bring energy security

    By Antonio Lopez on Monday, 07 September 2015

    Clean energy advocates believe that 100% generation from renewable energy sources is the only way to meet the power demand and address global warming. It's technically feasible, but we will still need some fossil fuels to create a sustainable energy source that all countries can afford.

  • Incandescent bulbs exchanged for energy-efficient CFLs under the ADB-supported Philippine Energy Efficiency Project.

    My small victory on energy efficiency in the Philippines

    By Sohail Hasnie on Friday, 04 September 2015

    With ADB support, the Philippines became in 2010 the first Asian country to phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Most countries in the region followed suit, and now these bulbs are barely used because the market won’t buy them anymore.

  • A busy road near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Two new reports help ASEAN+3 move steadily toward integrated bond markets

    By Satoru Yamadera on Wednesday, 02 September 2015

    The reports provide a practical framework and regional visions for further harmonization of bond markets in the region, expected to reap huge rewards for borrowers and investors.

  • The majority of our respondents believe the main source of funding for the SDGs should be domestic taxes.

    Blog poll: Where is the money to pay for the SDGs?

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Tuesday, 01 September 2015

    In our August blog poll, we asked readers what they believe to be the priority sources of funding for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to be implemented on 1 January 2016. ADB has been getting prepared ahead of time, especially on the financing question.