Karin Schelzig
Director, Human and Social Development Sector Office, Sectors Group, Asian Development Bank

Karin Schelzig is a poverty and social protection specialist with more than 25 years of experience leading human and social development projects, dialogue and research in East and Southeast Asia. Previously based in Beijing, she focused on shock-responsive social protection, social assistance, social welfare services, healthy and age-friendly city development, and inclusive education in Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

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Case Study

A pilot project in the Philippines gives livelihood support and coaching to poor households, which helped them cope better with the COVID-19 crisis.

Case Study

A partnership between the government education department and a non-government organization in the Philippines gives a blueprint for improving access to basic education.


One way to counter negative perceptions about technical and vocation education and training (TVET) programs is to promote them through better communications.

Policy Brief

In the Philippines, targeted cash grants to help poor students finish high school could double their potential income and lift them out of chronic poverty.