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Living a Carbon Neutral Lifestyle

Asia symbolizes the striking progress that has been achieved in reducing poverty but also the daunting gaps in environmental destruction and climate change. It’s rightly said that the war on climate change will be won or lost in Asia. The Asian Development Bank is uniquely positioned not only to support a more environmentally sustainable development agenda but also to lead in important aspects of this endeavor.

Vinod Thomas

Majority of families in Bhutan depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.

Digital Technology | Economics | Energy | Private sector development

Why Bhutan Must Balance the Material and Spiritual Needs of Her People

Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, is a small landlocked country between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. Virtually the entire country is mountainous. Despite challenging geography and limited connection to the global markets, the country managed to ignite and sustain strong economic growth by unlocking its hydro potential.

Cyn-Young Park (朴信永)

Beijing’s smog-laden skies obscure the Forbidden City in a thick orange haze. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

Climate change | Environment | Transport

The Price of Breath in Beijing

If a frog is placed in a boiling caldron, it will immediately jump out to safety.  If the same frog is placed in water, which is slowly heated to boiling, the frog will tranquilly remain and eventually die from overheating.

This biological anecdote is frequently utilized as a metaphor for our political state of affairs over global climate change.  As the planet slowly heats and succumbs to gradual change we unwittingly accustomize without sensing the dangers that await us.  The lessons from this phenomenon also encompass the state of our cities and the transport sector.

Lloyd Wright

Photo Credit: Abir Abdullah for ADB 2012.


Do We Know What Inclusive Growth Really Means?

I must confess that I have been struggling to find a good working definition of inclusive growth for some time, although I believe I understand the concept vaguely. This term is now very widely used in the development policy discourse in Asia and the Pacific. 

Indu Bhushan

Photo Credit: Guillaume Brialon

Finance sector development | Governance and public management

Make Policies Work: Getting the Proof to the Top of the Pile

Policymakers are swamped. They have a wide range of interest groups talking to them all the time. They have large numbers of papers and emails and phone calls to deal with every day.  So if you approach them with a brilliant evaluation that is fifty pages long, complete with graphs and tables and lots of Greek equations, it will go straight to the bottom of the stack. And stay there.

Betty Wilkinson

Photo Credit: Gerhard Jörén for ADB 2011


The Time is Now: Act to Stop Violence Against Women

The region is reeling from the gruesome and brutal rape of a young woman student in Delhi. The horror of the incident and subsequent death of the victim has awakened the global community and generated momentum to fight violence against women. The One Billion Women Rising Campaign is mobilizing men and women to rise up and demand an end to violence on V-Day – 14th February.

Shireen Lateef