In Asia and the Pacific, the responsibility for caring for children disproportionately falls on women, preventing them from participating equally with men in the workforce. Investing in affordable, accessible, and quality child care services will help to foster sustainable economic growth and gender equality.
The region’s aging population poses challenges and opportunities. As the age dependency ratio rises, it's vital to address healthcare, pensions, and food security. Investments in capital, technology, and human capital development are crucial for the 'silver workforce'
Sameer Khatiwada, a Senior Public Management Economist whose research has focused on education, skills development, social protection, and jobs, among other areas, defines key terms related to labor markets and skills development policies.
Cambodia is about to graduate from least developed country status. It should accelerate trade reforms to address the challenges its new status will bring.
The transition to global net zero to address climate change must be both ambitious and fair. Otherwise, it will not achieve its goals nor will it obtain the vital public support required over the long-term.
International School Meals Day is an opportunity to support the world’s largest social safety net, which benefits 388 million children worldwide.
International labor migration is an important driver of development in Asia. To support it after the pandemic, policies are needed that are not just reactive but integrated into national development strategies.
ADB economists Aiko Kikkawa and Raymond Gaspar answer questions about the role of older people in the Asian job market, based on research for their recent paper published in the Journal of Population Ageing.
Social protection programs need to be strengthened and expanded across Asia to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Less developed countries need not emulate wealthier ones when establishing their technical and vocational training systems.