A recent trip to southern Bangladesh showed that if you want to ensure water and food security, it’s also important that the right people are deciding how much water is needed, and when.
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.
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.
A model public-private partnership enabled the port city to turn wastewater into a valuable asset.
Investments in safe, adequate and affordable water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities must be sustained and result in improved services and a less polluted environment for everyone, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific.
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.
We helped women in Nepal stop being seen as mere water fetchers, and empowered them to become true leaders within their communities.
The municipality is now more resilient to monsoon flooding thanks to an ADB-supported infrastructure project that will also promote industrial investment and tourism.
Water demand in the region is coming under increasing stress from population growth, urbanization, and growing prosperity. But simply developing new water resources is not enough.
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.