• Making the Top 100: Where are the women water leaders in Asia and the Pacific?

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 13 March 2014

    Increasing women’s leadership in the water sector may appear straightforward given affirmative measures such as project gender action plans and gender targets designed to boost female involvement. However, in practice, very few women have emerged as leaders in the sector as a direct outcome of these measures.

  • Managing floods in a changing climate for a green future

    By on Thursday, 21 November 2013

    Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.

  • ADB in Stockholm ― World Water Week 2013

    By on Wednesday, 11 September 2013

    The Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) is the leading annual gathering on water issues, bringing together technical specialists, political leaders, private sector actors, civil society, researchers and students. 

  • Photo by Lester V. Ledesma for ADB 2011.

    Walking the walk on a green future

    By on Thursday, 29 August 2013

    The scale of urbanization in Asia over the past few decades has been truly astonishing and there is no sign of it stopping. In the next 20 years, another 1.1 billion people in the region will call cities their home.

  • On willingness to pay for water

    By on Thursday, 18 July 2013

    Willingness to pay for water has been and will continue to be a challenge.  The average consumer would prioritize their expenditures, and like it or not, water isn’t on the top of that priority list. 

  • Mother and child from Cambodia. Photo by the author.

    Menstrual Hygiene Management: A taboo that must be broken!

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 06 June 2013

    Unforgettable—that’s how I would describe the moment I raised the issue of menstrual hygiene management with project teams and government officials in Southeast Asia. Shocked and stunned—they looked down at their shoes closely inspecting remnants of their breakfast from earlier in the day.

  • ‘Momentum 1000’: Time to strengthen partnerships with water and sanitation

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 09 May 2013

    ‘Momentum 1000’ marked a major milestone on 5 April 2013—1000 days left of action before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Improving water security demands new strategies

    By on Thursday, 04 April 2013

    While the economies of Asia and the Pacific seem to have weathered the storms roiling Europe and America, the region might be approaching a significant crisis of its own.

  • A Vietnamese woman collects water from a distance source. Photo by the author.

    Wake Up! Advocate taps and toilets for maternal and child health

    By Anupma Jain on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

    Incremental achievements in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are possible before they “expire” in 2015 if linkages among strategies to achieve various goals are made.  MDG 5 demands an improvement in maternal health. MDG 4 calls for an improvement in child health.

  • Male staff from Oudomxay Provincial Water Supply State Enterprise

    Pink pipes and tea servers: Challenging women’s role in water utilities

    By Anupma Jain on Thursday, 21 March 2013

    The realm of “utilities” is perceived as a man’s employment domain in many Asian countries. It is about gadgets—pipes, concrete, construction, machines, control panels, etc. Women’s role in utilities is often relegated to serving tea and welcoming guests.