PLCO: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in the Pacific.

Latest Features

  • October 2012

    Islamic Finance in Asia and the Pacific

    Shari'ah compliant financing is becoming increasingly popular in the Asia and the Pacific region. ADB’s Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant General Counsel and Practice Leader – Islamic Finance, explains why.
  • October 2012

    World Food Day: Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

    On World Food Day, talks to Prof. Julian Cribb, author of 'The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It,' who shares about the need to reduce waste and excessive food demand in Asia.
  • August 2012

    Green Cities, Urbanization and Municipal Development in Asia: 12 Things to Know

    Urban expansion in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the region and the world, as it can help address some environmental problems if managed well.
  • April 2012

    Unfair Economic Growth in Asia

    New figures from ADB's Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2012 show inequality is on the rise across the region - casting a shadow over Asia's ongoing economic success.
  • February 2012

    Health in the Pacific: 12 Things to Know

    Good health is a prerequisite to development - healthy people help communities grow and economies prosper.
  • November 2010

    Rebuilding After a Disaster: Microfinance to the Rescue in Papua New Guinea

    People on Papua New Guinea's remote Manam Island and Madang Province are rebuilding after a disastrous volcanic eruption thanks to better banking solutions. Manam Island, Papua New Guinea - Following devastating volcanic eruptions in October 2004 on remote Manam Island, and the subsequent complete evacuation to the mainland of the island's 10,000 inhabitants, many of the islanders including the Baliau people have returned home and are trying to rebuild their lives.
  • November 2010

    Out of the Tin, Into the Bank

    The National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) has been a leader in its push to provide bank services to Vanuatu's rural people. Innovative technological approaches, including mobile banking, brought savings and credit to some of the most remote communities in the country.
  • August 2008

    New Condom Campaign to Combat HIV/AIDS

    A well-researched $10 million program to distribute millions of subsidized condoms in "hot spots" of sexual activity around the country aims to control an HIV/AIDS epidemic. Meanwhile, in the rural areas, an incongruous alliance of big business, government, and religious groups is breaking down prejudice against the disease through awareness programs and safe-sex instruction.
  • August 2008

    Freedom at the Frontier

    Improved feeder roads in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are reducing the isolation of tribal communities in a valley that was hidden from the world until a few decades ago. Better access to markets, schools, and hospitals are giving subsistence farmers greater freedom of choice. Mount Hagen, Western Highlands - To see the difference a paved road can make to people's lives, take a ride with Steven Pup along the highways and byways around Mount Hagen, a former gold prospectors' camp that still has the feel of a frontier town.
  • August 2008

    Models of Efficiency

    With help from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Fiji Islands' main ports in Suva and Lautoka are now models of efficiency. Not only did the project finish on time, within budget, and showcase engineering best practices, it also included a climate change-adaptation component that guards against earthquakes and tsunamis.