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Indonesian PDAMs in WaterLinks WOPS / Twinnings

Six (6) Indonesian water/wastewater utilities have participated as ‘recipient’ twins in 7 wateroperators partnerships (WOPs) financed by WaterLinks. Established in 2008, WaterLinks is aregional network that helps build the capacity of Asia?Pacific water utilities to improve servicecoverage, delivery, financial sustainability, and other aspects of their performance. WaterLinks issupported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United States Agency for International

PSI/ GUFs campaign at ADB Annual Govenors' Meeting

2-5 May 2012, Manila, Philippines:  Delegates from global union federations (GUFs) –  from India, Indonesia, Singapore, Mongolia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Nepal, Japan, Philippines and Cambodia – comprised 35% of the total 319 CSOs from 28 countries, with 13% from the NGO Forum on ADB, and a significant number from youth groups.

BWTUC experiences on ADB projects

BWI work organizing construction workers in an ADB-assisted railway rehabilitation project in Cambodia.  Conclusions:
•During negotiations and organising work it became obvious that there was not enough time or effort taken by the ADB, the government or the project engineer to adequately forecast and monitor labour costs or variances of these

Highlights from ADB’s 45th Annual Meeting (2-5May 2012, Manila)

At the closing press conference of the ADB Annual Meeting in Manila, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda reported a record number of more than 5,000 registered delegates, including finance ministers and other key policymakers, business leaders, academics, civil society representatives and media.  He also announced that the next ADB Annual Meeting will take place in Delhi, India on May 2-5, 2013.

India power sector reforms: Gains vis-a-vis Losses

In India Power Sector Reforms begins in ninetees in the name of Liberalization, Privatizatin and Globalization. Electricity sector in Orrisa, Delhi & Mumbai were unbundled into various companies on PPP pattern. Government of India planned to privatize the SEBs in aphased manner, however, failure of Enron in Mumbai proved to be a big set-back so as BSES in Orrisa & Delhi and consequently no other state of India has been privatized. However, recently, Bihar electricity has moved its steps towards privatization.

ADB social policies

Incorporating social dimensions, safeguard plicy, CLS/ social protection strategy, communications policy, accountability mehanism (PSI, April 2012)

ADB-Funded Projects in TONGA

Support of Asian Development Bank to Tonga's public sector reforms, integrated urban development (as of August 2012, PSI)

Trade Union Rights in India - In Law and Practice

Includes status of CLS ratification, relevant national labor laws, areas of concern and trade union actions (PSI, 2012)

More fun in the Philippines without ADB

Info on union (AGWWAS) harassment due to opposition to proposed ADB water loan to Metro Cebu Water District in Philippines, with media coverage of union actions. (March 2012)

ADB’s Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project – Philippines: AGWWAS’ perspective

AGWWAS union issues on proposed ADB water supply project in Philippines, presented to ADB on 30 April 2012, at ADB Headquarters, Manila, and ADB response (9 May 2012)


Presented by Bro Wowot Suwoto (PJB union) at "Forum on Power Privatization in Asia-Pacific" organized by NAGKAISA, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and SASK, Manil, Philippines, May 3, 2012 

PSI unions' issues re Java-Bali 500 KV Power Transmission Crossing (ADB Project in Indonesia)

Submitted to Asian Development Bank on 26 July 2012
- includes procedural, technical, operational, safety, cultural, alterbatives, impacts on workers

How unions can use ADB's Accountability Mechanism

Projects and programs financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) often have adverse social, environmental and economic impacts for which the Bank should be held accountable. As with other multilateral development banks, ADB is a public institution funded by taxpayers’ money and should therefore be made accountable to the public. The ADB, however, is immune from judicial proceedings and cannot be taken to court; the only available means is its Accountability Mechanism (AM).

Bangladesh-India Electrical Grid Interconnection Project

A brief by on the ADB-assisted project in Bangladesh which will establish which will establish a cross-border electrical link between the western grid of Bangladesh and eastern grid of India to promote electricity trading between the two countries. 


A PSI report commissioned by ILP in 2011.  Identfied key issues on lack of transparency, participation and compliances with existing policies on labor safeguards and social protection.

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