Capacity development

  • Provincial civil servants in Sri Lanka.

    5 ways to achieve better performing institutions in ADB developing member countries

    By Warren Turner on Wednesday, 23 November 2016

    ADB is preparing a new long-term strategy to improve governance and public sector management in its developing member countries until 2030.

  • Chili farming in India.

    A step change in capacity development

    By Warren Turner on Thursday, 27 October 2016

    A recent review found strengths and weaknesses in ADB’s approach to capacity development, and offered recommendations moving forward.

  • Knowledge Management Center at ADB headquarters.

    Why operations knowledge matters for MDBs – and how to capture, reuse it

    By Li Dongxiang on Thursday, 13 October 2016

    Operations knowledge—if captured, shared, and reused—can greatly improve the design and implementation of future MDB projects.

  • A man standing beside a road in PNG's rural Highlands region.

    Addressing human capital challenges in PNG project implementation

    By Muhammad Amir Ingratubun on Monday, 05 September 2016

    Recruiting and retaining national specialists is extremely difficult in Papua New Guinea, so ADB is trying a new approach to build human capital for its projects in the country.

  • Govinda Shrestha inside his workshop.

    Skills training means jobs, lower emigration in Nepal

    By Bimal Babu Khatri on Monday, 29 August 2016

    Technical skills are becoming increasingly in demand as Nepal transitions from an agrarian to a mixed economy.

  • Toshi Masuoka

    How to scale up inclusive business in Asia and the Pacific

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    What can ADB learn from IFC’s experience promoting inclusive business,  and what are the main challenges and opportunities in the region?

  • Students attend an IT class in Bandung, Indonesia

    APEC 2015: Tapping into the potential of high-value services

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Monday, 16 March 2015

    Analysts have long argued that the services will help take Asian emerging economies further up the value chain in global markets, but first we need an altogether different lens to look at the sector.

  • Will we see an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?

    By Jayant Menon on Monday, 15 December 2014

    Launched as a political bloc and security pact in the aftermath of the Viet Nam War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved to embrace an ambitious economic agenda. Its latest project is to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by 31 December 2015. But is this likely?

  • We are all advocates

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Thursday, 30 October 2014

    About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers.  When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice.  “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.

  • Engagement between governments and CSOs: Are we getting results?

    By Claudia Buentjen on Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    States are increasingly recognizing that constructive engagement and collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important ingredient to achieving better governance.

  • Unlocking Myanmar’s potential

    By Cyn-Young Park on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

    Economic and political transition is never an easy process for any country and it will be no different for Asia’s fast awakening tiger, Myanmar.

  • Making Impact Evaluation Matter

    By Heather Lanthorn on Wednesday, 03 September 2014

    Over the last week, 3ie staff in Delhi, London and Washington were busy coordinating conference logistics, finalizing the program, and putting the last touches to their presentations. This is usual  preparation for a conference but this one is going to be different. Why? Because the participant mix–of more than 500 people–is balanced among policymakers, program managers, implementers, and researchers.

  • Partnership for more open, accountable governments

    By Claudia Buentjen on Wednesday, 09 July 2014

    The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.

  • Meeting the iChallenge: Measuring public management systems

    By Claudia Buentjen on Monday, 09 June 2014

    ADB, World Bank and several others have launched the iChallenge in an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that can measure government capacity and performance.

  • Mind the Gap: Closing the youth, government divide

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Monday, 02 June 2014

    When we look around the world there often seems a huge divide between young people and governments. While youth are frequently on the front line of civilian protests, criticizing the state, those in power often brand them as mere troublemakers and ingrates. How can we narrow this gap and help both sides better understand each other?

  • How youth can find their voice through debating

    By Chris Morris on Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Debating empowers young people, builds oral presentation skills, develops confidence in public speaking, and trains debaters to listen, assess and form arguments. Recognizing this, ADB over the last four years has been supporting youth debates in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Farewell Astana, Hello Baku

    By Satinder Bindra on Monday, 05 May 2014

    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.

  • Making the Top 100: Where are the women water leaders in Asia and the Pacific?

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Increasing women’s leadership in the water sector may appear straightforward given affirmative measures such as project gender action plans and gender targets designed to boost female involvement. However, in practice, very few women have emerged as leaders in the sector as a direct outcome of these measures.

  • All for one and one for all in Pacific development

    By on Thursday, 08 August 2013

    In Pacific culture the vaka, or outrigger canoe, represent Pacific islanders’ connection to their ancestry, their way of life, and the environment. Embodying respect, balance, harmony, and teamwork, the vaka is a symbol of community members working successfully together. 

  • Photo Credit: Chor Mui Lee

    Myanmar: Cautionary tales for a country on the move

    By Stephen P. Groff on Monday, 25 February 2013

    Can a nation once intentionally isolated from the world be rebuilt from the outside in? After decades of isolation, Myanmar has an extraordinary amount of work to do on every imaginable front. The country needs access to billions of dollars to bring modern irrigation systems to rural farmers, roads and electricity to remote communities, as well as technical and vocational training to prepare the country's youth for the jobs of the future.

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