Enhancing Poverty Measurement
through Big Data

With insufficient data for almost half of the SDG indicators in Southeast Asia, governments are now exploring big data and machine learning to address the data gaps.

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What Will It Take
for Southeast Asia
to Build Back Better
from COVID-19?
Go Green

Taking a green growth path is key to the region's exit strategy from the pandemic.

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Takes Effect

Uneven benefits from tariff concessions seen for member states but still advantageous overall.

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New ADB Facility to Help Southeast Asia Revive Tourism and Boost Sustainable, Inclusive Investments

The Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Facility will help countries identify and prepare environmentally sustainable tourism projects and catalyze private financing to support them.

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How Is Digitalization Helping Women-owned Micro and Small Businesses Cope During the Pandemic?

Women who own and run micro and small businesses are relying more on digital platforms to market their products and services, but digitalization alone is not enough to help them survive.

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Turning Waste into Energy, Reducing Environmental Pollution in Viet Nam

EU-backed SWITCH Asia project helping tea production greener while boosting farmer income.

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How Indonesia Is Creating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are powering up Southeast Asia’s largest economy as it moves toward a post-pandemic recovery.

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The Doctor Is On: How Telemedicine
Is Improving
Healthcare Access

Telehealth hopes to address health gaps by offering patients the convenience of consulting with a healthcare service provider without leaving their home or office.

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SEADS 2021 Highlights

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Opening Keynote: Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB

Opening Keynote: Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB

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Keynote: Carlos Dominguez, Secretary, Department of Finance, Philippines

Keynote: Carlos Dominguez, Secretary, Department of Finance, Philippines

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Keynote: Jacquelline Fuller, Vice-President, Google and President, Google.org

Keynote: Jacquelline Fuller, Vice-President, Google and President, Google.org

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New Solutions for a Post-COVID-19 World

New Solutions for a Post-COVID-19 World

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Immunization for All: Providing COVID-19 Vaccines across Southeast Asia

Immunization for All: Providing COVID-19 Vaccines across Southeast Asia

COVID-19 Updates

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A case study examines how an ambitious program of delivering cash assistance to 18 million households was carried out.

Cambodian migrants workers arriving from Malaysia at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Far too few deaths in the region are registered with a medically certified cause of death.

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AstraZeneca/Oxford-developed vaccines to reach countries in the coming weeks.

SEADS Webinar

Curbing the Invisible Pandemic: Effective Solutions to Collectively Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), widely described as a “silent” pandemic,” is responsible for approximately 700,000 deaths every year. In this webinar, experts look at the development of vaccines, new drugs, as well as a range of solutions to tackle AMR.

Solutions

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A case study examines how an ambitious program of delivering cash assistance to 18 million households was carried out.

A man exhibiting a food waste to energy device

Converting farm wastes into fuel for heating and processing purposes also reduces rural pollution.

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In this op-ed piece, AlphaBeta's Bingxun Seng prescribes a holistic framework to help small businesses survive shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spotlight

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Vaccines against Antimicrobial Resistance: Short- and Long-Term Solutions to End the Invisible Pandemic

Marianne Holm and Jerome Kim of the International Vaccine Institute warn about the growing dangers from antibiotic-resistant superbugs in this op-ed for SEADS. They say stopping the antimicrobial-resistance pandemic requires strategic targets for vaccine development and deployment against priority pathogens.

Publications

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The UN Principles for Responsible Digital Payments sets out guidelines for governments, companies, and international organizations to ensure online transactions meet people's needs, while protecting the most vulnerable.

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This report examines the role of social enterprises as key actors to foster innovation, awareness, and inclusion for people with disability in ASEAN.

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This case study from the ADB Institute explores the implementation challenges, successes, and lessons learned from a nationwide social protection intervention in the Philippines.

Featured Events

What is SEADS?

The Southeast Asia Development Solutions—SEADS—is a knowledge and innovation platform under the Asian Development Bank. In tandem with its partner program, the Southeast Asia Development Symposium,  SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

 

Sowing SEADS of Growth

INNOVATIONS
Discover the latest cutting-edge breakthroughs that can help countries tackle pressing challenges.

SOLUTIONS
Hear from leading minds and trailblazers from industry, technology, the public sector, and academia.

CONNECTIONS
Interact with problem-solvers and next-generation thinkers from Southeast Asia and beyond.