October 2015

  • Hydropower station in Toktogul, Kyrgyz Republic.

    Why we must embrace risk to achieve development

    By Sohail Hasnie on Friday, 30 October 2015

    In this ever-changing development environment, multilateral development banks like ADB may not survive unless we innovate and take risks, much like actually reading a classic novel instead of just bragging about it. 

  • Datheputhe learning how to build earthquake–resilient walls for buildings in his village. All photos by author.

    Nepal earthquake victims learn masonry skills to build back better

    By Bimal Babu Khatri on Thursday, 29 October 2015

    The ADB-supported Skills Development Project in Nepal is conducting training courses for masons to learn how to build houses to make them more resilient to future natural hazards like the 2015 earthquake.

  • The Philippine government’s conditional cash transfer program has increased school enrollment rates among children aged 3-11.

    When evaluation makes a decisive difference

    By Vinod Thomas on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    If done well, evaluations can also bring a certain degree of objectivity to decision-making in development programs. Here are 3 ways in which evaluation results make a difference.

  • Under local management, the irrigation system is better prepared to manage water flows.

    Local irrigation management boosts water, food security in Bangladesh

    By Karen Lane on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

    A recent trip to southern Bangladesh showed that if you want to ensure water and food security, it’s also important that the right people are deciding how much water is needed, and when.

  • ADB has financed part of the Almaty-Bishkek highway.

    Mega-regional infrastructure initiatives – Asia’s new noodle bowl?

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 26 October 2015

    Multiple and overlapping initiatives in Asia also risk creating a “noodle bowl” phenomena more usually associated with free trade agreements, which bring high transactions costs for economies and business.

  • Cabbage farmers in Nepal.

    Asia’s food security challenges, and how we plan to address them

    By AKM Mahfuzuddin Ahmed on Thursday, 22 October 2015

    Despite significant progress, Asia is still home to two-thirds of the world’s hungry people. ADB’s new Operational Plan for Food Security 2015-2020 focuses on 6 critical areas to address the region’s food security challenges in the SDGs era.

  • A technician at a hydropower plant in Bhutan.

    That 'thing' called statistics

    By Lakshman Nagraj Rao on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

    ADB’s Key Indicators report is a testament to our long-term commitment toward providing timely, high-quality, and open data alongside expanding data literacy and strengthening statistical capacity in Asia and the Pacific.

  • A female community leader in Bhopal, India.

    How we helped women become agents of change for urban development in India

    By Prabhjot R. Khan on Friday, 16 October 2015

    Women’s participation in an ADB urban development project in India transformed their role, increased understanding of gender issues in water and sanitation, and strengthened institutional capacity in ensuring that men and women could benefit equally from water and sanitation investments.

  • A rice farmer in Quang Tri province, Viet Nam.

    Climate-smart varieties, water-saving techniques key to growing Asia’s future rice

    By Arvind Kumar on Wednesday, 14 October 2015

    In the face of climate change-induced water shortage in Asia’s rice production areas, farmers are struggling to figure out how to grow more rice with less water to ensure food security in the region.

  • Mosquito nets protect children against malaria in Viet Nam. Photo by Justin Mott for ADB

    Malaria elimination – a public health best buy

    By Susann Roth, Jane Parry on Monday, 12 October 2015

    Despite the many successes across Asia and the Pacific in reducing the incidence of malaria, the disease continues to be a heavy burden for many countries, with an estimated 2.2 billion people at risk in the region.

  • A dairy production plant in Inner Mongolia, PRC.

    The global productivity slump: Common and country-specific factors

    By Donghyun Park on Friday, 09 October 2015

    Declining productivity growth is one of the most disturbing and, no doubt, important phenomena affecting the world economy. The question is what lies behind it, and whether it might be reversed.

  • A farmer with a basket of freshly picked chilis in India.

    Blog poll: Food security priorities for Asia and the Pacific

    By AKM Mahfuzuddin Ahmed on Wednesday, 07 October 2015

    The results of our September blog survey show that the majority of respondents believe the best way to address food insecurity in the region is boosting the efficiency of the food production system to grow more with less.

  • Workers on a railway construction project in Azerbaijan.

    Infrastructure and safeguards

    By Vinod Thomas on Tuesday, 06 October 2015

    As multilateral development banks gear up to fill serious gaps in infrastructure in Asia, attention also focuses on safeguards, which should be a top concern for established lenders such as the World Bank and ADB as well as new players like the AIIB.

  • In Rotterdam, green public spaces are integrated in the transport network along with roads, tram lines, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian sidewalks. Photo by author.

    Creating viable public spaces beyond aesthetics in Asian cities

    By Aldrin B. Plaza on Monday, 05 October 2015

    Public spaces, this year’s theme for World Habitat Day, are increasingly coming under threat by rapid urbanization in Asia, where cities desperately need to maintain and expand public spaces to enhance mobility, counter the effects of climate change, and create income opportunities. 

  • Seamstresses working for a small garment-making business in Indonesia.

    4 ways to boost SME access to finance from commercial banks in ASEAN

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Friday, 02 October 2015

    To avoid heavy-handed state intervention in small businesses, we need to think of new ways to make it easier for SMEs to obtain credit from commercial banks in ASEAN economies.