Ways to effectively evaluate inclusive sanitation project options was the focus of an ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation virtual workshop on 21-22 October. The workshop was led by National University of Singapore’s Tan Soo Jie Sheng who presented a case study-based assessment of sanitation challenges and city-wide inclusive sanitation growth measures, with a focus on project cost-benefit analyses (CBAs). Policy makers from developing Asia also participated in group exercises to consider CBAs from stakeholders’ perspectives under various sanitation scenarios.
Regulators and researchers explored innovative governance reforms for promoting sustainable, digitally-based post-COVID-19 recovery in Asia during a virtual summit on 20 October, co-organized by ADBI, the Financial Services Authority of Indonesia, and South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Center. They urged a holistic, adaptive, and visionary approach to leadership and policymaking to minimize the economic and financial risks of accelerating digitization amid the pandemic. They also highlighted the importance of knowledge and skills development to mitigate the digital divide, ease the transition to new business models, and strengthen social protections.
Experts presented new research on the spillover effects of transportation projects on economies, the environment, and societies during a week-long ADBI-Chubu University virtual conference that concluded on 16 October. They discussed approaches to transport infrastructure development that can enhance quality of life and how greater quality transport could boost sustainable development, with a focus on high-speed rail (HSR) growth. They also examined transport sector pandemic responses in Asia and the Pacific and ways to mitigate COVID-19’s impacts on mobility and supply chains. An ADBI policy note on deriving policies from land use-transport interactions for sustainable HSR development in the region was highlighted during the closing session.
Experts assessed the economic impacts of demographic change in Asia and Europe and effective policy responses during a ADBI-Fulbright University Viet Nam virtual workshop on 13-15 October. ADBI Deputy Dean Chul Ju Kim described how COVID-19 shocks are amplifying demographic transition challenges and encouraged coordinated policy actions to expand social protections in both young and aging societies. Policy makers and researchers exchanged country case studies, lessons learned, and recommendations to improve aging population safeguards. They emphasized prudently designed fiscal and labor market policies to meet sustainability and inclusion needs.
- Train the Trainers Workshop on Public Policy Case Writing and Case Teaching
- ADBI-Purdue University-University of Tokyo Virtual Workshop on Resilience of Cities to External Shocks: Analysis, Modeling, and Economic Impacts
- Virtual Workshop on Electricity Markets in Transition: Privatization, Competition, and Regional Cooperation
Climate Change and Sovereign Risk
Governments must climate-proof their economies and public finances or potentially face an ever-worsening spiral of climate vulnerability and unsustainable debt burdens.
Energy Insecurity in Asia: Challenges, Solutions, and Renewable Energy
Relying on fewer energy resources, especially fossil fuels, will enhance energy insecurity for resource-poor economies.
Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan: Low Inflation, Monetary Policy, and Digital Currency
Central banks are facing a range of growing challenges that have arisen from recent trends in aging populations, low productivity, and new technology and innovation.
- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Demographic Transition and its Impacts
- Introducing the Book Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan: Low Inflation, Monetary Policy, and Digital Currency
- Introducing the Book Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia
- Introducing ADBI E-Learning’s Course on Powering Green Investments
- ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Renew Sanitation Partnership
- ADBI Dean Sonobe on Enabling Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery