Information and Communications Technology

  • View of Earth’s night lights. Photo by NASA.

    How nighttime lights help us study development indicators

    By Arturo Martinez on Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Nighttime luminosity is a good source of data for countries lacking reliable statistics in developing Asia.

  • Participants at a New Energy Nexus meeting.

    Less talk, more action on climate change

    By Daniel Hersson on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    We debunk 4 myths of the post-Paris scenario on clean technology to encourage faster action on climate change.

  • 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. 

  • Computer lab at the University of South Pacific.

    Going digital in the Pacific: Lessons from Samoa’s online firms

    By Alisa DiCaprio, Michael Laps on Thursday, 29 September 2016

    An analysis of the online presence of 300 Samoan websites offers a glimpse into how Pacific SMEs operate in the digital space.

  • Local bank branch in Manila, Philippines.

    Digital finance successes, failures provide lessons for microfinance

    By Kelly Hattel on Wednesday, 28 September 2016

    If issues of trust, affordability, and reliability are addressed, digital financial services can help extend financial services to all.

  • Beneficiary of an ADB project in Sri Lanka.

    The power of videos in communicating the development agenda

    By Samantha Tongson-Rubio on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

    Videos more than ever have the power to create true impact, and we have to take advantage of this medium to make ADB’s development agenda better heard.

  • Money changing hands at a market in India.

    Direct benefit transfer – a game-changer for financial inclusion in India

    By Rishi Gupta on Monday, 26 September 2016

    With the right technology, $60 billion in welfare payments can be seamlessly and directly credited into the bank accounts of all beneficiaries in India.

  • A bus driver chats on his mobile phone in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Culture eats transport technology for breakfast

    By Katja Schechtner on Wednesday, 14 September 2016

    Stop looking for the magic button. Demand that global transport technology is adapted to your local mobility culture, and help data scientists to make your city flow.

  • A female scientist at a sewage treatment plant in India.

    Lean into STEM to get girls involved

    By Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan on Tuesday, 09 August 2016

    Encouraging more females to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will mitigate the gender bias in these fields.

  • Panel discussion at ADB’s 49th Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

    8 tips to make a panel discussion not become a punishment

    By Renard Teipelke on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    It’s time to improve this traditional format, which for better or worse still persists throughout most international development organizations.

  • Electrical substation with ‘smart’ features in Bangladesh.

    Let’s use ICT effectively to implement smart grids in Asia and the Pacific

    By Arun Ramamurthy on Thursday, 26 May 2016

    Information and communications technology can improve the efficiency of energy operations in Asia, where the sector is dominated by state-owned enterprises.

  • 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.

  • Girls learning computer skills in Bhutan.

    Online gender monitoring in Bhutan can pave the way for Asia

    By Sonam Penjor on Monday, 23 November 2015

    ADB is piloting in Bhutan a web-based gender monitoring system to track the progress of gender mainstreaming efforts in national government agencies, the first of its kind in the region.

  • Image of the live demonstration at #MA4HealthAP courtesy of AeHIN.

    The art of interactive conference for knowledge sharing

    By Susann Roth, Jane Parry on Thursday, 12 November 2015

    Unlike many dull international gatherings, the recent #MA4HealthAP conference gave participants a multitude of innovative ways to engage with their peers.

  • Legend Star Executive Director Gang Lu.

    How to choose the right tech entrepreneur

    By ADB Blog Team on Monday, 29 June 2015

    As the People’s Republic of China is fast becoming a haven for all sorts of tech entrepreneurs, many of these need help from incubators such as Legend Star. 

  • 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. 

  • Will Asian investment follow trade with Latin America?

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 16 February 2015

    Latin America is now firmly on the economic radar of Asia in the post-global financial crisis world, with both regions having grown faster than the world economy.

  • What can we learn from eradication of smallpox?

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 02 February 2015

    The eradication of smallpox has been a great public health success over the last 30 or 40 years or so. Smallpox was responsible for 300 million–500 million deaths during the 20th century.

  • Photo courtesy of ANSA-EAP

    Does education equal wealth?

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Monday, 22 December 2014

    At an E-Camp: Social Accountability for Better Education Services held in the Philippines on 3-5 December, 2014, students from various countries in the Asia and Pacific region asked, “Is education still a way out of poverty?”