A quick reference for urban planners to address violence against women and girls in their efforts to ensure safe cities and neighborhoods.
Women’s participation in an ADB urban development project in India transformed their role, increased understanding of gender issues in water and sanitation, and strengthened institutional capacity in ensuring that men and women could benefit equally from water and sanitation investments.
Public spaces, this year’s theme for World Habitat Day, are increasingly coming under threat by rapid urbanization in Asia, where cities desperately need to maintain and expand public spaces to enhance mobility, counter the effects of climate change, and create income opportunities.
Many cities in Asia and the Pacific face the challenge of how to adapt to the effects of climate change. ADB’s Urban Climate Change Resilience manual notes how they must address urban systems, climate change, and vulnerable groups in a holistic approach.
Floods in India and Pakistan, typhoons in the Philippines and the recent earthquake in Nepal have reminded city leaders of the urgent need to safeguard the lives of their people, protect costly infrastructure, and ensure services and businesses can continue after disaster strikes.
By 2050, up to 65% of Asia’s population is expected to live in cities. With urbanization growing at such at a breakneck speed, many believe that how cities cope with it may well determine the region’s long-term productivity and overall stability.
Seven days after the earthquake in Nepal, it’s a race against time to provide food, shelter, and water to those affected. An ADB staff member in Kathmandu describes how they are still coming to grips with the devastation, and they take it one day at a time.
The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries.
A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.
About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers. When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice. “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.