Blogs on India

  • Education is one of several sectors where public service delivery could be significantly improved with better governance. A teacher with her students in a public school in Indonesia.

    Want better public services in Asia? Improve governance

    Published on Friday, 05 June 2015

    While developing Asia has made great strides toward raising prosperity and reducing poverty during the last three decades, it has not done as well on good governance, which affects public service delivery.

  • CLFR focuses the sun's heat onto a system of tubes carrying water, which is then transformed by the concentrated sunlight into superheated steam that feeds a steam turbine to generate electricity.

    New solar power plant brings clean energy to Rajasthan, India

    Published on Friday, 29 May 2015

    As the sun blazes down on the Thar Desert, pushing solar radiation levels beyond 400 W/m2, a new renewable energy plant is now harnessing the immense power of sunlight to power Rajasthan, India’s largest state.

  • The joint ADB-IMF panel discussion featured the participation of ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Mitsuhiro Furusawa, IMF Deputy Managing Director.

    Financial sector reform for sustaining Asia’s growth: 8 takeaways

    Published on Saturday, 02 May 2015

    As developing Asia looks to continue boasting robust economic growth in the future, experts at a joint ADB-IMF seminar during ADB’s Annual Meeting in Baku discussed how the region’s financial sector needs to transform itself to deliver stable, inclusive, long-term results.

  • Rahul Roy

    Gender equality: Why development needs to address masculinities

    Published on Friday, 10 April 2015

    Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy recently visited ADB to screen his 2013 film “Till We Meet Again” and discuss how development programs can incorporate masculinities to truly achieve impact on gender equality.

  • Women receive counseling at a rural clinic in Rajasthan, India.

    Universal health coverage: Too important for Asia to postpone

    Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Universal health coverage not only protects the majority of the population from experiencing catastrophic financial loss as a result of high out-of-pocket costs, but also promotes better quality of services and greater health equity.

  • Why AIDS funding stands at a crossroads in Asia and Pacific

    Published on Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.

  • South Asian migrant laborers working on a construction project in Singapore.

    Countries and migrant workers pay high price for the benefits of remittances

    Published on Thursday, 05 February 2015

    Every year, millions of people cross borders to work abroad. People migrate for various reasons, but for the majority of migrant workers, they are compelled by poverty and lack of job opportunities in their home countries.

  • Will the Green Climate Fund pledges create a momentum for ongoing climate negotiations?

    Published on Thursday, 04 December 2014

    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. 

  • Walkability—Building cities for people too

    Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014

    With the urban population swelling the world over, it makes sense that we start—or go back to—designing cities for people too. People are a city’s principal raison d'etre.

  • Looking at India through Piketty’s eyes

    Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014

    Thomas Piketty, a young French economist, has redefined the relationship between capital and inequalities in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.