Indonesia Strives to Build Health Resilience for All

The Ministry of Health is rolling out reforms, including improving primary and referral care, addressing the shortage of medical specialists, and widening health access.

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A Holistic Approach to Flood Mitigation in the Philippines’ Summer Capital

Improving climate resilience is key to achieving Baguio's vision of becoming an inclusive and livable city.

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Reaching New Heights: Southeast Asia's Digital Economy

Addressing the region's digital divide, broadening digital economy participation, nurturing nascent sectors, and establishing the right policies are key.

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Experts Talk Solutions: Budi Gunadi Sadikin

Podcast host Sothea Ros speaks to Indonesia Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the groundbreaking initiatives the country adopted in response. 

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Reimagining Learning in the Metaverse

The integration of metaverse technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, into classroom learning would help provide a more enriched learning experience. 

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Indonesia Begins Process to Get Rid
of Carcinogenic Substance

Thanks to a new PCB waste destruction facility, it now has the means to handle 20 tonnes of PCB-contaminated liquid waste and 10 tonnes of solid waste daily.

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ASEAN Taxonomy Defines Sustainable Activities in Transport, Construction Sectors

Southeast Asia advanced efforts to guide capital and funding toward sustainable activities across the region by defining green projects in the transportation and storage and construction and real estate sectors.

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E-Commerce
for Inclusive Development: Time for an Open Debate

There is no overwhelming proof that e-commerce has fully realized its potential for inclusive development.

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Solutions

A man sorting wastes at a recycling facility in the Philippines.

Ensuring producers are responsible for the management of products at the post-consumer stage is key to ending plastic pollution.

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With parametric insurance, payouts can be made immediately after a typhoon, making it an effective tool to fund the rapid emergency restoration of coral reefs post damage.

"City of Hue, Viet Nam - Imperial Citadel, a crowd of visitors at the Meridian Gate"

The city of Hue in central Viet Nam is looking at nature-based solutions to balance historical asset conservation and urban development as well as enhance climate resilience.

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Experts Talk Solutions

Insights and analyses on solutions, ideas, and best practices to help Southeast Asian economies become more prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

Experts Talk Solutions

SEADS 2023 Highlights

Hubs

Southeast Asia Green Finance Hub
Southeast Asia Green Finance Hub

The Green Finance Hub provides crosscutting support to ADB’s developing member countries in Southeast Asia to accelerate green investments and advance innovative financing solutions in response to the region's climate, energy, and financing needs.

ASEAN Policy Network

Amid increasing demand for knowledge from developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia, ADB's ASEAN Policy Network facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration within and between its operational and central knowledge departments and seeks to build relationships with academes, think tanks, research institutions, and other partners.

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Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Hub

With Southeast Asia’s tourism industry still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, ADB is increasing its support for investments, capacity development, and knowledge to accelerate an inclusive and sustainable recovery.

Publications

Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Report 2024: Promoting Sustainability and Resilience of Global Value Chains

This report examines the progress of trade facilitation in Asia–Pacific and evaluates the impact of trade facilitation initiatives on trade costs and overall trade.

Reuse of Electric Vehicle Batteries in ASEAN (ERIA Research Project Report)

This report outlines future projections of available used EV batteries in ASEAN, compares them with estimated stationary use needs for variable renewable energy sources, and provides policy implications for facilitating battery reuse.

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This paper examines whether e-commerce has contributed to inclusive development.

Webinar Recordings

Climate Finance Landscape of Southeast Asia—Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities video preview.

This webinar examined the obstacles of the uneven adaptation-mitigation funding and the implications for the region.

Empowering Women in STEM video preview.

The webinar examined the barriers affecting women’s participation in STEM and industries relevant to STEM.

Empowering People with Disabilities through Technology video preview.

This webinar discussed the breakthroughs in technology that foster inclusivity and participation. It also looked into the role of AI and assistive technologies in dismantling barriers to accessibility.

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.