Any contemporary story on development in Asia-Pacific begins with reflection on massive gains achieved in the fight against poverty. The incidence of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 54.5% in 1990 to 20.7% in 2010, with the number of extreme poor declining from 1.48 billion to 733 million. This precipitous decline in poverty incidence has been accompanied by tremendous gains in access to health and education.
With its stunning, modern architecture, crisp blue skies, and myriad influences, Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, provides a dramatic backdrop for ADB’s 47th Meeting of the Board of Governors that starts 2 May and concludes three days later.
Where are Asia’s economies headed to in the short and long term? What shape are they in to withstand future financial crises? And how can they respond to the yawning rich-poor divide, now a key concern among Asian and global policymakers? These were some of the key points discussed over the first two days of business at our 47th Annual Meeting, held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Almost 1,500 years ago in the sixth and seventh century, southern Kazakhstan was part of the famous Silk Road that carried goods, ideas and cultural influences from as far as China to Europe.
We’ve wrapped up our 47th Annual Meeting in Astana today with plenty of food for thought on what lies ahead for our vast, diverse region.
As we mark today World AIDS Day, we can reflect that there is so much more that remains to be done on combating HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.
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.
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.
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.