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The world’s number one government-affiliated think tank. ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The world’s number one government-affiliated think tank. ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Tokyo, Japan

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Podcasts

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The world’s number one government-affiliated think tank. ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Language:

English

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+81 3 35935500


Episodes

What Asia can do to maximize the impact of COVID-19’s fintech boost to financial inclusion

4/28/2021
The increased use of financial technology, or fintech, during the COVID-19 pandemic has provided households in Asia and the Pacific with more efficient and shock-resilient financial services access, and also helped the region’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises remain economically viable by offering faster and cheaper financial services than traditional banking. However, economies and communities may be unable to reap the financial inclusion benefits of fintech without sufficient...

Duration:00:11:07

How latrines can promote girls’ education

4/20/2021
In this podcast, the University of Chicago’s Anjali Adukia presents her research on the link between school sanitation infrastructure, education growth, and development in India. Adukia describes the importance of latrine construction in schools for driving primary school enrollment, particularly among girls. She also discusses the policy implications of these dynamics for education and sanitation development, investment in school infrastructure, and gender equality. The discussion draws...

Duration:00:09:27

How landlocked Central Asia could become a post-pandemic infrastructure financing leader

3/31/2021
Greater infrastructure development could give remote, landlocked Central Asian economies a critical boost by enhancing pandemic recovery, poverty eradication, and climate change mitigation. However, growing constraints on the use of public funds will require new financing sources to tackle the region’s substantial infrastructure investment gap. In this podcast, ADBI research fellow Dina Azhgaliyeva and Waseda University professor Naoyuki Yoshino examine the unique challenges of Central Asian...

Duration:00:12:22

How Asia can boost mask production and reignite its SME growth engine through trade

3/9/2021
Small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – account for most businesses and employment in Asia and the Pacific’s developing economies. Reigniting the region’s SME growth via trade will be key to advancing inclusive economic recovery and resilience in the face of COVID-19 challenges. In this podcast, Waseda University professor emeritus and ADBI visiting fellow, Shujiro Urata, examines the importance of boosting SME trade for developing Asia and the Pacific at this juncture. He describes...

Duration:00:10:16

Asia could lay the groundwork for a post-pandemic infrastructure boom through fairer land use

2/17/2021
Meeting developing Asia and the Pacific’s demand for quality infrastructure that can support inclusive post-pandemic growth will requires the steady but equitable acquisition of land. However, geography, settlement patterns, conflicting cultures, and unique country-level land use problems often raise concerns about the fairness of land procurement and undermine project viability. In this podcast, Piyush Tiwari of the University of Melbourne examines land development challenges and the...

Duration:00:12:01

Central Asia could be a model for advancing SME trade and inclusive recovery

2/3/2021
Like in other parts of Asia and the Pacific, small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – are the engine of developing Central Asian economies. Igniting the sector’s trade growth potential will be crucial to the region’s inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery and development. In this podcast, ADBI Vice Chair of Research, Peter Morgan, examines SME trade challenges in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation – CAREC – countries. He also describes the importance of boosting the region’s...

Duration:00:04:53

MSME digitalization could be the ticket to a speedy Asian recovery in 2021

1/6/2021
Greater digitalization of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, or MSMEs, could be the ticket to a speedy recovery of coronavirus shaken economies in Asia and the Pacific in 2021. In this podcast, ADBI Dean and CEO, Tetsushi Sonobe, discusses the importance of digital development for reviving growth among the region’s developing economies, related challenges and signs of progress, and the road ahead. He draws upon the findings of new ADBI survey research of MSMEs across Asia and the...

Duration:00:05:08

How to avoid the spiral of climate vulnerability and unsustainable debt

12/21/2020
As the impacts of climate change on the natural environment increase, so too are associated risks to macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability, particularly among climate vulnerable economies in developing Asia and the Pacific. In this podcast, ADBI research fellow, John Beirne, discusses the ways in which climate risks affect the cost of sovereign borrowing and the sustainability of public finances, with a focus on Southeast Asia which is highly threatened by climate change. The...

Duration:00:14:52

Could Asia’s alarming acceleration of garbage accumulation become a sustainability success story?

12/14/2020
From disposable masks, to plastic partitions, to one-time use food delivery containers, COVID-19 era consumption habits are adding to the build-up of solid waste across Asia and the Pacific—a region that already was experiencing rapid trash accumulation driven by increasing prosperity and urbanization. In this podcast, ADBI’s senior capacity building and training specialist, Linda Arthur, and research associate, Derek Hondo, describe keys to addressing solid waste management gaps in...

Duration:00:08:32

The increasingly perilous act of balancing Asia’s economies as digitalization accelerates

12/3/2020
Macroeconomic management of the economy as digitalization accelerates during the COVID-19 crisis is a growing challenge for policy makers globally. In this podcast, ADBI research fellow, John Beirne, discusses the increasing prominence of the digital economy and digital finance and how continued digitalization will affect policies aimed at managing Asia and the Pacific’s emerging market economies. The discussion draws upon the new book, Macroeconomic Stabilization in the Digital Age, which...

Duration:00:09:24

The G20’s think tank network is laying the groundwork for evidence-based recovery breakthroughs

11/12/2020
The Think20, the think tank engagement group of the Group of 20, is hosted by Saudi Arabia in 2020. Under the T20, top experts have developed new evidence-based proposals to help G20 leaders navigate COVID-19 challenges and advance sustainable and inclusive global recovery. In this podcast, Asian Development Bank Institute Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discusses the policy making environment amid the pandemic, the potential for breakthroughs, and T20 research to guide policy innovation during Saudi...

Duration:00:08:28

Mastering the art of post-pandemic infrastructure policymaking in politically charged environments

11/5/2020
In this episode of Asia’s Developing Future, renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University and ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discuss the policymaking calculus for advancing infrastructure growth as a sustainable and inclusive recovery driver in politically charged environments. The views in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). Read the transcript https://bit.ly/32gYgt9 Related link Confronting...

Duration:00:12:20

What Asia can do to strengthen safeguards for its COVID-19 vulnerable aging societies

10/19/2020
The social and economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic pose a particular threat to Asia’s increasing number of elderly people. In this podcast, ADBI Capacity Building and Training Economist, Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, discusses the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the region’s aging societies and strategies for safeguarding seniors moving forward. The views in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Asian Developme Read the transcript...

Duration:00:07:37

Surveys spotlight pandemic impacts and pathways for recovery in developing Asia

10/13/2020
ADBI has been conducting extensive, multi-country surveys to gauge the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government policies on households, small enterprises, and key sectors such as farming and tourism in developing Asia and the Pacific. In this podcast, ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe discusses what the surveys are revealing about the state of the region’s pandemic response and policy keys for promoting an inclusive and sustainable recovery moving forward. The views in this podcast do...

Duration:00:11:20

How Asia can finally deliver sustainable sanitation for all

9/28/2020
Substantial progress has been made to address the lack of proper sanitation in developing Asia and the Pacific, though it remains a persistent challenge in many places now grappling with the impacts of rapid development and COVID19-related sanitation needs. In this podcast, sanitation expert Christoph Lüthi of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology in Zurich discusses city-wide inclusive sanitation and how its integrated approach to solid waste management could help to...

Duration:00:08:15

As pandemic bonds hit the market, what can Asia do to ensure its green bond growth potential?

9/16/2020
As pandemic bonds hit the market, what can Asia do to ensure its green bond growth potential? The green bond market in Asia and the Pacific has been shaken by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Now competing with pandemic bonds, green bond issuance faces new challenges. In this podcast, ADBI research fellow, Dina Azhgaliyeva, explains the rising importance of green bonds for the region, the outlook for green bond issuance, and how policymakers can promote the market’s post-pandemic growth....

Duration:00:08:24

Japan’s wastewater lessons in the face of shocks provide timely sanitation solutions for Asia

8/31/2020
Significant progress has been made to address the lack of proper sanitation in developing Asia and the Pacific, though it remains a persistent and increasingly pronounced challenge in many places now grappling with the impacts of rapid development and COVID19-related sanitation needs. In this podcast, water expert Takuya Urakami of Kindai University in Osaka discusses Japan’s complex sewage and wastewater services architecture and how its lessons learned in the face of socioeconomic shocks...

Duration:00:07:13

The new and unexpected ways Mobility as a Service systems could affect Asia’s cities

8/18/2020
COVID-19 is not the only force disrupting transportation systems and mobility. The rise of Mobility as a Service systems such as Uber, Grab, and other smart mobility solutions continue to impact the sector too in new and unforeseen ways, particularly in Asia and the Pacific’s growing cities. In this podcast, Satish Ukkusuri, a civil engineering professor at Purdue University and Director of its Urban Mobility Networks and Intelligence Lab, discusses the move towards Mobility as a Service, or...

Duration:00:07:59

What more can be done to attract wary investors in Asian infrastructure?

8/11/2020
Though COVID-19 continues to weigh on mobility and consumption, demand for infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific is expected to remain high over the coming years and exceed increasingly pandemic-stretched public budgets. In this podcast, Wu Weiping, Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, discusses the outlook for private infrastructure financing and growth in the region’s emerging economies. She highlights the gaps...

Duration:00:08:12

Could AI be the answer to Asia’s mounting education delivery challenges?

7/30/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly disrupt teaching and learning around the world. In this podcast, former Minister of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of Korea, Ju-Ho Lee, discusses teaching reform priorities, against this backdrop. Lee, now a professor at the Korea Development Institute, goes on to describe how artificial intelligence-based High-Touch High-Tech education could be the right learning model for Asia and the Pacific at the right time. The views...

Duration:00:06:29