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08 Dec 2017 description

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the financing, design and implementation of country-led programs to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and build resilient health systems in ADB member countries eligible for Global Fund financing.

Through a framework of mutual cooperation, ADB and the Global Fund can complement each other’s contributions to health programs in the Asia and Pacific region.

07 Nov 2017 description

Drones have the potential to maximize development impact through data acquisition, processing, and management for projects.

Introduction

Development professionals need reliable, easy-to-access, and actionable data to design, implement, and evaluate projects efficiently and effectively.

For example, infrastructure projects require extensive data collection, detailed mapping, and regular monitoring. In remote, hard-to-reach areas in Asia and the Pacific, the work involved usually come with a hefty price tag, and may even be dangerous for staff.

18 Oct 2017 description

This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.

17 Oct 2017 description

This document draws upon grassroots women’s experiences from the Huairou Commission’s membership in Southeast Asia. It highlights four community-led strategies for advancing climate and disaster resilient development. These strategies demonstrate that communities have knowledge, capacities and networks that can strengthen government-led efforts to advance resilient development.

16 Oct 2017 description

NADI, FIJI (16 October 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will more than double the level of climate financing it will mobilize for its Pacific developing member countries to over $500 million between 2017 and 2020.

14 Oct 2017 description

Seven Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) announced a new coordination platform on economic migration and forced displacement today in a meeting with G7 officials at the World Bank Annual Meetings, to advance strategic priorities, including improving data and evidence and strengthening technical assistance to maximize the impact of projects supported by MDBs.

12 Oct 2017 description

Rural communities in the Pacific that rely on fishing for subsistence and income face serious risks due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting, and climate change.

The ongoing degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting of valuable species, and climate change (including more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and ocean acidification) are lowering the production of fish, which is the Pacific region’s primary source of protein.

27 Sep 2017 description

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (26 September 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved $50 million in additional financing to help boost agricultural productivity and improve smallholder farmers’ access to markets in 271 communes in Tonle Sap Basin, which is prone to natural calamities.

21 Sep 2017 description

BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (20 September 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $150 million loan to help the Guizhou provincial government reduce its rocky desertification areas and improve people’s livelihoods through water resources conservation as well as environment and ecology restoration.

11 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This sixth edition of the Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance provides an overview of financing committed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG), and the World Bank Group (WBG), to climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and activities in 2016.

25 Aug 2017 description

Executive Summary

Pakistan potentially faces a major climate change challenge. A concerted effort by the government and civil society at all levels is required to mitigate these threats.

18 Aug 2017 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (17 August 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) that will allow ADB to access and administer GCF funds and scale up the bank’s climate financing to its developing member countries.

The agreed AMA—a framework agreement detailing the overarching rights and obligations of an accredited entity and GCF—will enable ADB to access a new funding source to further increase its climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in Asia and the Pacific.

10 Aug 2017 description

PORT VILA, VANUATU (10 August 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors is providing $8.2 million in total additional financing to continue the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and climate-proofing of roads affected by Cyclone Pam.

The additional funding consists of a $4.1 million loan and a $4.1 million grant from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and the Asian Development Fund, respectively. The Government of Vanuatu is also contributing $1.2 million in the project.

14 Jul 2017 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 July 2017) — Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

09 Jun 2017 description

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (9 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $2 million grant to finance relief efforts in the country following the recent floods and landslides that claimed the lives of over 200 people and damaged the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands more.

“Considering the scope of the damage in Sri Lanka and the government’s constrained resources, it is critical that we assist the people of Sri Lanka in this time of urgent need,” said Sri Widowati, ADB Country Director in Sri Lanka.

09 Jun 2017 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (9 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, and Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) for the Government of Pakistan, signed the loan agreement, and Tariq Rashid, KP’s Irrigation Department Secretary, signed the project agreement.

20 Feb 2017 description

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (20 February 2017) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Wencai Zhang, on a 3-day official visit to Nepal, met with Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, and other senior officials to discuss the overall direction of development partnership between ADB and Nepal.

“ADB stands ready to support Nepal in its aspirations to become a prosperous middle-income country by 2030 while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Zhang said.

08 Feb 2017 description

Key points

• The economies in Asia and the Pacific are exposed to disaster risks, which can cause fatalities as well as economic losses. One strategy to mitigate the economic losses and strengthen financial resilience to disasters is developing disaster risk financing.

• There are two policy options in implementing disaster risk financing: public sector and private sector disaster risk financing tools. Each option has challenges that need to be addressed for them to be effectively implemented.