• Health spending in most countries in developing Asia is below the OECD average and WHO recommendations.

    More money alone won't meet SDG 3

    By Susann Roth on Thursday, 20 July 2017

    To move forward on health financing in developing Asia, we need solutions as well as money.

  • Data matters to meet the SDGs

    By Stephen P. Groff on Friday, 05 May 2017

    Vice-President Stephen Groff explains why we should monitor SDG implementation with truly relevant data.

  • A slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Does lower inequality mean less poverty?

    By Arturo Martinez, Iva Sebastian on Thursday, 05 January 2017

    It is widely assumed that reducing inequality goes hand-in-hand with poverty reduction – but this is not always the case.

  • This Manila-based social enterprise makes designer handbags from garbage.

    How social enterprises can help us meet the SDGs

    By Audrey Chia, Lim Yee Wei on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    Social entrepreneurship is a viable and significant way to nudge the world closer to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Electrical power transmission lines in the Hindu Kush.

    Anthropocene: Are we in the age of man?

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 06 June 2016

    Today’s human society does not have a symbiotic relationship with Nature as it intentionally alters natural processes, but whether or not it is a new epoch is not yet clear.

  • ADB and CSO representatives meet in Frankfurt.

    The best and worst of times for civil society engagement

    By Suzanne Nazal on Wednesday, 01 June 2016

    Cooperation with civil society remains a strategic priority for ADB because CSOs share our vision of an Asia and the Pacific free of poverty.

  • Riverside slum housing in Manila, Philippines.

    New global poverty line of $1.90 at 2011 purchasing power parity – is it too high?

    By Hyun H. Son, Vinod Thomas on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

    The indicator rather understates the true extent of global poverty.

  • A young boy fetching water in Nepal.

    Challenges facing Asia and Pacific in terms of sustainable development

    By Stephen P. Groff on Thursday, 03 March 2016

    International financial institutions must recalibrate their strategies for maximum impact in the post-2015 era.

  • Young engineers in Myanmar.

    ADB-AIESEC partnership empowers the SDG generation

    By Richeline Tan Mascarinas on Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    ADB and the world’s largest youth organization will work together together on the post-2015 development agenda.

  • Seafarers training in Tuvalu.

    Small is beautiful, but fragile in the Pacific

    By Patrick Safran on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

    Since beauty can be deceiving, we must take into consideration the root causes of fragility when doing development work in small Pacific island nations like Tuvalu.

  • Commuters in Yangon, Myanmar.

    Post-election Myanmar: Asia’s rainbow nation

    By Sean Crowley on Friday, 08 January 2016

    It’s time for the country to take advantage of the growing international goodwill spawned by the historic 2015 election to create jobs, attract investment, and spur economic growth.

  • Trading in a street market in Lombok, Indonesia.

    Blog poll: Mobilizing private sector finance top development priority for 2016

    By Satinder Bindra on Friday, 08 January 2016

    The private sector alone could raise up to $10 trillion for development finance in Asia; let's direct that investment toward meeting the SDGs.

  • A rural scene in Mindanao, Philippines.

    Measuring subnational conflict to achieve SDG16

    By Cyrel San Gabriel on Friday, 18 December 2015

    To address the societal roots of conflict, a separate measurement tool can help identify potential subnational conflict sensitivity in areas like Mindanao, Philippines.

  • Damaged school building in Sindhupalchowk.

    New grant to rebuild schools, provide micro loans after Nepal earthquake

    By Kenichi Yokoyama on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

    We hope to restore school enrollment rates, return household incomes to pre-quake levels, and teach village development committees how to cope with disaster risks.

  • 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.

  • The 17 SDGs present a shared world vision for the next 15 years.

    My 6 takeaways on the SDGs

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Presenting a shared world vision for the next 15 years, the 17 SDGs came as no surprise as the text was politically negotiated and agreed ahead of time. Here are my 6 takeaways.

  • Members of multi-purpose community cooperative during a meeting with CSOs in Manila, Philippines.

    5 things civil society and the SDGs can do for each other

    By Suzanne Nazal on Monday, 28 September 2015

    How can CSOs contribute meaningfully to the new SDGs, and how can the post-2015 agenda support civil society’s development efforts over the next 15 years? Here are 5 ways.

  • A group of children walking to a nearby river to fetch water in the Lao PDR.

    6 questions while getting ready for the SDGs

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Thursday, 24 September 2015

    As world leaders gather this weekend in New York to officially adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, 6 questions come to mind.

  • Girls heading to school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Making sustainability work

    By Vinod Thomas on Monday, 14 September 2015

    For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it encompasses a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.

  • Of the 3,000 people employed by this ADB-supported textile factory in Turkmenistan, 95% are women.

    As SDGs loom, where do we stand now on gender equality?

    By Laurence Levaque on Friday, 11 September 2015

    Improving the lives of women and girls was part of the MDGs when they were adopted in 2000. Since then, much progress has been made—particularly on education—but that progress has been uneven and insufficient in many countries.