The heads of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have met to discuss areas of potential collaboration and share expertise and knowledge.
With the increasing overlap of development issues with the humanitarian and peace issues, collaboration on to address issues is seen as an opportunity to combine respective strengths with respect to access to clean water, health and health systems, social cohesion, food security, resilience.
ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa and ICRC President Peter Maurer also agreed to address widening inequality and increasing public debt at a 15 August meeting.
“Collaboration with ICRC is very timely for us to provide more tailored support for our developing member countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations and the small Pacific island states", Asakawa said. “Intersections between the humanitarian-peace-development nexus are increasing, and this new collaboration with the ICRC will provide an excellent opportunity to combine our strengths".