Social development and protection

  • MERS - Are we at risk of an emerging pandemic?

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 16 June 2014

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, (MERS) is keeping infectious diseases experts on alert lately, although the World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t declared MERS a global emergency.

  • Why are more women dying in childbirth in Indonesia?

    By Susann Roth on Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    As the world marks International Day of Action for Women's Health, maternal deaths are an uncomfortable reminder that much work still needs to be done. Indonesia is a case in point. While it is one of the fast growing economic powerhouses in Asia it is also experiencing a worrying rise in maternal deaths.

  • It’s time to listen to the scientists

    By Nessim Ahmad on Thursday, 22 May 2014

    The messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear—human induced climate change is happening, climate impacts on humans and natural systems will be significant, and dramatic mitigation needs to happen very soon.

  • Target social protection in Tajikistan to where it is needed

    By on Friday, 16 May 2014

    In ensuring the success of social protection programs, who benefits from public transfers is as important as how much or what type of support is provided. Tajikistan offers a case in point.

  • Farewell Astana, Hello Baku

    By Satinder Bindra on Monday, 05 May 2014

    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.

  • Asia rising—and faster than expected

    By Erik Solheim on Sunday, 04 May 2014

    Asian success stories have broken down the old distinctions between rich countries and poor, developing and developing, development assistance providers and aid recipients.

  • Social Pensions: Greying with security and dignity

    By Sri Wening Handayani on Thursday, 24 April 2014

    Providing a decent, secure and dignified way of life for the elderly is set to become one of the most pressing concerns facing policymakers in Asia in coming years.

  • Lifting Asia out of poverty needs to be done equally

    By Juzhong Zhuang on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

    Developing Asia’s impressive growth continues but faces a new challenge — inequality is on the rise. Over the last few decades, the region has lifted people out of poverty at an unprecedented rate. But more recent experience contrasts with the ‘growth with equity’ story that characterised the newly industrialised economies’ transformation in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Sukuk: A key to building Asia’s critical infrastructure

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Thursday, 10 April 2014

    The global market for sukuk – or Islamic debt securities – has soared from a tiny US$15 billion in 2001 to US$281 billion in 2013. Helping issuers tap the large pool of funds seeking shari’ah-compliant investments would help lower the cost of financing infrastructure, while the innovative profit-sharing structures of some sukuk could also lower the risk of financing such projects.

  • Bust the Gender Myths to Set Girls on Course for Future

    By Shanny Campbell on Monday, 31 March 2014

    How many of your childhood friends do you remember who climbed trees, drew imaginative pictures showing how things worked, built cities of Lego, rode bikes, constructed forts from blankets and furniture and invented elaborate games involving hiding, seeking, capturing … and getting really filthy?

  • World TB Day – Reaching the missing millions

    By Dr. Jean-Jacques Bernatas on Monday, 24 March 2014

    World Tuberculosis Day provides an important occasion to raise awareness about a disease that continues to affect millions of people around the globe.

  • Giving Asia’s elderly care and dignity

    By on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    There is a seemingly hidden problem for Asia in providing economic, social and emotional security for the elderly. But drawing on the experiences of more developed economies, I think there is a silver lining behind this – an opportunity if actions are taken now to provide care and to give dignity to the elderly in Asia.

  • Safe migration for women to reduce human trafficking risks

    By Sonomi Tanaka on Monday, 03 March 2014

    Written by Sonomi Tanaka
    Radhika Coomaraswamy, a human rights lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, once said: “Traffickers fish in the stream of migration." What does this mean? It means that trafficking is more likely to occur within a series of migration, when men and women are on the move in search of new opportunities, better incomes and better lives in unfamiliar and strange surroundings. 

  • Closing the Gap – Policy options for tackling inequality

    By Max von Bonsdorff on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    Recently IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde noted: “In too many countries, the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people”. She was making the point that high levels of inequality are a global concern.

  • No Impact Week ― the carbon ‘cleanse’ challenge

    By Anna Oposa on Monday, 24 February 2014

    Starting 22 February, Asian Development Bank (ADB) is holding its second No Impact Week challenge for individuals to cut their carbon footprint, following the success of the pilot event in January 2013.

  • Tackling rising inequality in Asia: the case for income support programs

    By on Thursday, 20 February 2014

    Christine Lagarde,  managing director of the IMF, recently warned that “in far too many countries the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people”. It’s hard to believe that this observation applies to Asia, though, where growth has been so successful at lifting millions of people out of poverty.  Surely, more growth must be the answer?

  • ‘Double Dividends’ from better urban management in the Pacific

    By on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    A new report by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Moving from Risk to Resilience: Sustainable Urban Development in the Pacific, argues that efforts to improve urban management in the Pacific can improve both the quality of life in the region’s cities and towns and, at the same time, build greater resilience to natural hazards and climate change-induced events.

  • The relevance of $1.25 - recounting the poor

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 17 February 2014

    The Millennium Development Goals, which end in 2015, are a remarkable set of agreed global aspirations, with the world community committing to eradicate extreme poverty for the first time in history.

  • Saying NO to harassment

    By Shanny Campbell on Thursday, 13 February 2014

    Women are the majority users of public transport. This may be because they are less likely to drive a car than men, or less likely to have priority use of a family vehicle. They are also more likely than men to be poor, making the ownership, re-fuelling and maintenance of a motor vehicle less of an option, especially for women in many developing countries. We can add this to the pervasive gender stereotypes in some countries dictating whether it is culturally appropriate for women to drive a car, take a bus, or even travel at all, especially on their own.

  • New health hope for India's urban poor

    By Susann Roth on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

    The continued urban boom across Asia and the Pacific offers a host of exciting new opportunities for the region but it also presents huge challenges― not least in the critical field of health.