Featured: Digital Solutions

Staff from the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development in Viet Nam conduct a survey among farmers using smartphones. Photo credit: ADB.

Using a tablet or smartphone to conduct survey interviews makes it easier and faster to benchmark progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

Advances in technology can help aid agencies reach people in need securely, quickly, and more cost effectively. Photo credit: ADB.

A fintech company uses blockchain technology and digital IDs to help ensure that aid reaches the right person at the right time.

Smartphone data, like geolocation and data usage, can be used by financing companies to evaluate the risk level of an individual without a credit history. Photo credit: ADB.

Through machine learning, data from nontraditional sources, such as telcos, are analyzed for credit risk assessment of the unbanked.


SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

In Sudan, the Abu Halimah Greenhouse Project used the group value chain approach to support small agribusinesses. Photo credit: Islamic Development Bank.

The Islamic Development Bank shares its experience in microfinance and group value chain financing to improve access to credit in rural areas.

Low-carbon measures, such as redevelopment of urban green spaces, can boost economic recovery and also result in positive health, environmental, and social outcomes. Photo credit: ADB.

Recovery interventions should provide not only economic stimulus but also address climate and disaster risk to ensure that gains are sustained.

A rapidly aging population could increase public spending, especially on healthcare and pension benefits. Photo credit: ADB.

Policy responses to population aging should promote economic growth, higher productivity, and higher income for workers.