• Reforms should encourage only high-skilled individuals to enroll in Georgian universities.

    The paradox of over-education in Georgia

    By Eric Livny, Davit Keshelava on Thursday, 13 July 2017

    Georgia is not as abundant in human capital as the number of university degrees held by people suggests.

  • TVET program seeks to boost the employability of Sri Lankan youth. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.

    Trial and error with digital technology in Sri Lanka

    By Ryotaro Hayashi on Friday, 21 April 2017

    It’s an inevitable process to harness the power of the digital revolution in education programs.

  • Larissa (right) with the author at the factory.

    Boosting competitiveness through skills development in Uzbekistan

    By Cristina Martinez on Wednesday, 04 January 2017

    More available skills at a low cost will help young Uzbeks make the most of their education.

  • Girls in secondary school in Nepal.

    Why we should invest in secondary education in Nepal

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Tuesday, 08 November 2016

    Human capital development is an important lever to support Nepal’s vision to graduate from the least developed country level by 2022.

  • E-learning in a public school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    5 ways to use ICT to address education challenges

    By Sungsup Ra on Wednesday, 02 November 2016

    ICT provides countries in Asia and the Pacific the opportunity to transform teaching, learning, and management practices in schools. 

  • A local bank in Dili, Timor-Leste.

    Blog poll: Asia needs more financial literacy to ensure future prosperity

    By ADB Blog Team on Wednesday, 12 October 2016

    For over a third of the respondents, expanding financial literacy is crucial in Asia, where many poor people don’t use basic financial services because they don’t understand them properly.

  • Electrical and mechanical engineering students at a TVET center in Bhutan.

    Why skills development? In Asia, a basic education is not enough anymore

    By Sungsup Ra on Monday, 19 September 2016

    In today’s global economic context, maintaining Asia’s economic growth requires transforming education systems and realigning the labor supply to match new employer needs.

  • A young worker at an auto repair shop in the Philippines.

    Blog poll: The skills Asian youth need today

    By Richeline Tan Mascarinas on Tuesday, 05 July 2016

    Skills alignment should be a priority among governments and the private sector in the region to provide young people the skills employers need to give them jobs.

  • Lao students in class.

    Let's listen to students to improve education in Lao PDR

    By Julia Safarova on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

    Students should not adapt to the way we teach, but rather share their aspirations to design programs tailored to their needs.

  • Display of different types of ADB publications.

    Using bibliometrics to measure usage, impact of publications

    By Leo Magno on Friday, 12 February 2016

    Apart from downloads, we measure the contribution to the general body of knowledge to assess a publication's impact.

  • Antara Ganguli, Deputy Country Representative of UN Women in Bangladesh.

    Vocational training – crucial, but not everything

    By Karina Veal on Monday, 01 February 2016

    Completing a short training course doesn’t necessarily provide the ‘employability edge.’ What else is at play?

  • University of the South Pacific students in a computer lab in the Solomon Islands.

    New technologies are revolutionizing education – or are they?

    By Tania Rajadel on Monday, 25 January 2016

    New technologies hold great potential to improve education in developing Asia and the Pacific. Here are a few guiding principles to help to ensure interventions are relevant.

  • High school students in Dili, Timor-Leste.

    How to integrate violence against women prevention, response in education

    By Laurence Levaque on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

    A quick reference for education specialists to address violence against women and girls in their efforts to ensure safe schools.

  • Left — Soni outside the unsafe block of Sri Sundar Suryodaya Primary School. Right — The remaining part of the school which is totally destroyed.

    Reopening schools and rejuvenating hope in Nepal after the earthquake

    By Shanti Jagannathan on Saturday, 30 May 2015

    How is Nepal getting its education back on track after the deadly earthquake? The government has decided the best way forward is to deploy 15,000 transitional learning centers to re-start the education process immediately.

  • Students learn ICT skills with computers supplied by ADB in a school in Thai Nguyen, Viet Nam.

    Why recalibrating technical and vocational education training matters for inclusive growth

    By Hyun H. Son on Thursday, 16 April 2015

    One key challenge that restricts the region’s further growth potential is how to not only overcome TVET exclusion, but also deepen the talent pool and facilitate its integration into the market.

  • Schoolgirls in Kathmandu. Photo by Karen Lane

    Spanners and skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs in Nepal

    By Karen Lane on Monday, 02 March 2015

    In Nepal, we need to make sure not only that all kids get the chance to go to school, but that they also stay in school, and learn the skills they need to find future jobs.

  • Open Access: A paradigm shift for ADB’s knowledge sharing

    By Satinder Bindra on Monday, 23 February 2015

    The next great innovation in development may come not from an international expert, but from a graduate student in Nepal who can’t afford to consult scholarly materials published behind expensive paywalls in commercial academic journals with restrictive terms of use. Publicly and easily available ADB research could help the student grow that idea into a project to fight poverty, promote inclusive growth, or reduce the effects of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. 

  • Pantawid Pamilya: Money for nothing?

    By Karin Schelzig on Thursday, 19 February 2015

    More than 4.4 million poor Filipino families receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet.  But they aren’t getting money for nothing—there is a catch: families only get the cash if their children go to school and get regular health check-ups, and if the parents go to family development sessions every month. 

  • Why AIDS funding stands at a crossroads in Asia and Pacific

    By Susann Roth on Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.

  • Why Asia and Pacific needs youth policies

    By Anna Oposa on Monday, 12 January 2015

    Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?