Ryotaro Hayashi
Social Sector Economist, Human and Social Development Sector Office, Sectors Group, Asian Development Bank

Ryotaro Hayashi works on improving education outcomes in Asia and the Pacific through knowledge production and sharing. Prior to this, he was engaged in postsecondary education projects in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka for more than 7 years. Before joining ADB as a Young Professional in 2015, he worked for 10 years in international development organizations, including the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Policy Brief

The student assistance program may be expanded to cushion the pandemic’s impact and enable more poor students, regardless of gender, to complete school.