More than a year ago, I was in Liberia as part of a team looking into its health system and health financing reforms. The country was still recovering from long years of civil strife. But Liberia was eager to be one of a growing number of countries which were aspiring to and pursuing universal health coverage (UHC).
States are increasingly recognizing that constructive engagement and collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important ingredient to achieving better governance.
The Post-2015 development agenda is leaning toward a goal of eradicating absolute poverty by 2030. The World Bank’s recently approved corporate strategy has the same goal. I believe, however, that this target is absolutely meaningless for our region, Asia and the Pacific.
We were delighted last month to learn that the CIFs have decided to extend support to an additional 16 countries, among them several in Asia and the Pacific.
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.
Financing the anticipated and wide-ranging SDGs in Asia and the Pacific alone could cost well over $1 trillion per year, according to a new ADB report.
Over just 3 years, Myanmar has introduced ambitious reforms which have put it on track to become a modern economy. But big challenges still lie ahead.
Two months after the catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, the government and development partners including ADB are now publishing the definitive report on the tremor’s impact.
More than 220 proposals have been advanced for a global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which come to an end in 2015.
Working in fragile and conflict-affected situations in Asia and the Pacific requires development agencies to do business differently.