Working in Fragile Environments: A Midterm Review of the Pacific Strategy (2005–2009)

Institutional Document | January 2008

Responding to the Priorities of the Poor: A Pacific Strategy for the Asian Development Bank 2005-2009 was approved in late 2004. Built on assessments of the priorities of the poor and other sector and thematic studies, the Pacific Strategy provides a framework for the engagement of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the 14 Pacific developing member countries (PDMCs). The Pacific Strategy emphasizes the support for (i) the creation of a conducive environment for the private sector, (ii) the supply and demand for quality basic social services, and (iii) the promotion of effective development processes. The Pacific Strategy has now reached its midpoint of implementation.

Against a background of ongoing fragility, this midterm review of the Pacific Strategy sets out the actions that have been taken over the first half of the strategy to implement key initiatives in ADB assistance. The midterm review also presents the next steps to be taken in implementation. Importantly, it describes how ADB's Pacific operations will harness new opportunities that have emerged, and improve its response to the needs of the PDMCs. Notably, since approval of the Pacific Strategy, ADB strategies and policies have been developed to improve ADB's capacity to respond to fragile and weakly performing member countries. The midterm review explains how these new ADB strategies and policies will be incorporated into ADB's assistance to the Pacific.


  • Map
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Regional Update
  • The Pacific Portfolio
  • Lessons
  • Helping Reduce Fragility
  • Deepening Donor Cooperation
  • Managing Regional Initiatives
  • A Refined Pacific Strategy
  • Appendixes