In the Spotlight

  • Urban Metabolism of Six Asian Cities

    A urban metabolism approach based on material flow analysis was applied to six Asian cities—Bangalore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Seoul and Shanghai. This approach provides a better understanding of how the use of natural resources correlates with urban economic activities, as it maps the activities of cities ranging from their consumption of materials, to the different activities associated with those processes and the wastes produced.

  • Asian Development Outlook 2014 Update: Asia in Global Value Chains

    The annual Asian Development Outlook presents an analysis of developing Asia's recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next 2 years. This Update shows whether these forecasts were met, explaining divergence between forecasts and the actual outturn, and firms the forecasts for the next 18 months or so. 

  • Urban Poverty in Asia

    As Asian economies become increasingly urbanized, the welfare of the millions of urban poor will depend on how Asia and the Pacific and the rest of the world prepares for and manages this phenomenon. This background study looks at the different dimensions of poverty across the region and analyzes the effects of recent urbanization trends on GDP growth and income levels.

  • Making Globalization Work Better for the Poor through Contract Farming

    Contract farming refers to public–private partnerships focusing on market-oriented production and improved market access promoted among small-scale farmers who form the majority of the rural poor. This has emerged as a promising rural development strategy that has gained momentum across Asia and the Pacific, providing technical training, production inputs, and market linkages to smallholders.

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