Across Asia and the Pacific, many microfinance institutions still struggle to obtain commercial finance to fund their growth. In response, ADB set up a program to bridge this gap, ensuring financial services reach the poor.
While many of Asia’s economies slow, including the People’s Republic of China, India is booming and pulling the South Asia region forward along with it, according to the ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2016.
Inclusive businesses are bringing positive change to women’s lives. However, companies need to understand and address systemic issues of gender inequality to maximize financial return and social impact.
Asian Development Bank 2016 Sustainability Report: Investing for an Asia and the Pacific Free of Poverty
In 2015 ADB made a total of 121 investments worth $16.3 billion contributing to inclusive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific. $2.0 billion of that amount was directly targeted at poverty reduction. $7.1 billion worth of investments also contributed to environmentally sustainable growth.