The Social Protection Index is a relatively simple indicator that divides total expenditures on social protection by the total number of intended beneficiaries of ADB's social protection programs.
An increase in life expectancy by 40% and decline in fertility by 50% in about half a century -- this is a great achievement!
The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.
A recent Reuters news article highlighted the challenges and opportunities of health reform in Asia. The article highlights the situation of a family whose premature infant daughter dies as a result of being unable to obtain infant ICU services in Jakarta, Indonesia.
For a non-gender specialist writing on gender equity, I don’t dare pretend to know everything about gender dimensions of CCTs, but I’d like to throw questions, and may perhaps strengthen the gender equity impact of CCTs.
Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.
Crises oblige policymakers to rethink development models. The 1929 financial crash led to a New Deal that radically altered the development model of the day.
I participated in the South-South Learning on Conditional Cash Transfers workshop held at ADB Headquarters, 16-19 April 2013 that was organized in cooperation with Inter-American Development Bank.
Poor people rely more on the state for essential services and assistance than those in the middle and upper classes, who have more options available to them.
I would like to keep you at pace with the global dialogue on social protection. This year the spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank hosted the second annual Ministerial Roundtable discussion entitled, “Closing the Gap – Safety Nets Where the Needs are Greatest."