Blogs on India
Published on Monday, 14 July 2014
Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect – women’s safety and security.
Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014
The continued urban boom across Asia and the Pacific offers a host of exciting new opportunities for the region but it also presents huge challenges― not least in the critical field of health.
Published on Monday, 16 September 2013
I do not have a birth certificate. Even though I was born in the capital city of the biggest province in India, my birth was never registered. Luckily, I went to school where they recorded my date of birth and my high school certificate gave me an identity. Now, I also have a passport and I can prove who I am.
Published on Monday, 29 July 2013
Last week, the development economics world was shaken by an open clash between two of its most distinguished luminaries—Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati. One is a Nobel Prize winner in the field of economics, and the other is widely believed to be worthy of one.
Published on Thursday, 25 July 2013
There is a saying if you live in Asia and don’t work in public service, you will stop working only when you die. According to the United Nations (UN 2008), many of the poor are older persons living in rural areas due to low and insufficient lifetime earnings.
Published on Monday, 20 May 2013
Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.
Published on Monday, 06 May 2013
Perhaps the saddest indication of discrimination against women and girls are the millions of baby girls who are simply not born every year due to pre natal sex selection. On the average, for every 100 baby girls born in the world, we should expect between 104 and 107 baby boys to be born. This is called Sex Ratio at Birth or SRB.
Published on Sunday, 05 May 2013
And so, our annual meeting has come to a close. When the final head count is in, we are pleasantly surprised that over 5,900 have registered, including over 500 civil society and 400 media. That is a record and a sign that this is the premier event for those who care deeply about the region.
Published on Saturday, 04 May 2013
One of the most anticipated events is the Opening Session of the Board of Governors and this year does not disappoint. We are privileged to have the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Chidambaram and the new ADB President Takehiko Nakao address the packed hall filled with almost 2000 delegates including governors.
Published on Friday, 03 May 2013
It was the host country’s chance to enjoy the limelight with ‘India Day’ taking center stage as an array of eminent speakers provided insights into a country which holds some of the world’s richest tycoons, and half of Asia’s poorest citizens.