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

    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

    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. Here are 12 things to know about green urbanization in Asia.
  • 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

    Facts and Data about Health in the Pacific

    Good health is a prerequisite to development - healthy people help communities grow and economies prosper. Here are 12 facts about the state of health in Pacific Island countries and why they are major concerns for ADB.
  • 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.
  • August 2008

    Lighthouses Boost Fishing as well as Shipping

    A national program to renovate navigational aids is guiding big and small ships through Papua New Guineas largely uncharted and often unsafe waters. In Milne Bay, these beacons are also boosting night fishing, trade, and local shipping. Alotau, Milne Bay - There is a joke among the women of Nuakata Island - one of dozens of islands strewn off Papua New Guineas southeastern province of Milne Bay - that their men are abandoning them at night for modern-day versions of the sirens of Greek mythology.