A candle ceremony for a group of civil service trainees in the Republic of Korea.  Photo credit: K-Developedia

The Republic of Korea has been a leader in training government officials to be catalysts of economic development.

Azerbaijan is in the process of a diversifying its economy beyond reliance on its abundant energy resources. Photo credit: ADB.

Azerbaijan has leveraged its vast energy resources to elevate the country to upper middle-income status.

One program in Thailand helps improve housing standards in poor urban areas by providing financial assistance and partnering with NGOs and communities. Photo credit: ADB.

In Thailand, subsidies, housing grants, educational programs and the leveraging of economies of scale are being used to benefit poor urban dwellers.

Bandung in West Java, located just south of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, is one of Southeast Asia’s fast-rising cities. Studies show that the balanced and holistic development of second-tiered cities and towns can help ease the pressure of urbanization on a country’s primary cities. Photo credit: ADB.

Asia's rapid urbanization requires the balanced and holistic development of second-tier cities and towns to release pressure from congested megacities.

Some countries in Asia are using eco-compensation programs to help poor communities while protecting the environment.  Photo credit: ADB.

The People’s Republic of China’s efforts to integrate natural capital accounting into its national policy development process may encourage mainstreaming of the practice in other parts of the world. 

The partnership between the Bangladesh government and industry associations allows trainees to gain employable skills. Photo credit: SEIP.

Bangladesh trained 1.5 million people by linking directly to the real-world needs of employers.

Germany pioneered the dual training system, which combines theory and training in a real-life work environment. Photo credit: ADB.

To strengthen its skills base, the Philippines complemented basic education reforms with Germany’s system of dual vocational training.

Catastrophe bonds allow climate vulnerable countries to raise capital that can be disbursed quickly as soon as pre-defined trigger events, such as a storm surge or an abnormal rise in seawater level, occur. Photo credit: ADB.

A financial instrument to help governments finance disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction without over-stressing their fiscal budgets

Developing renewable energy and water systems on small islands present significant challenges.  Photo credit: ADB

The keys to success: link education, experience and tourism to create benefits while considering local conditions such as topography and climate.

 

 

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