Pacific Studies

The Pacific Studies Series aims to provide the governments of the Asian Development Bank's Pacific developing member countries with analyses of economic and other issues. The studies are also expected to shed light on the problems facing governments and people in the Pacific islands, and to suggest development strategies that combine both political and technical feasibility.

  • April 2014

    Economic Costs of Inadequate Water and Sanitation: South Tarawa, Kiribati

    This study seeks to estimate the total economic costs of the inadequate water supply and sanitation situation in South Tarawa, Kiribati.
  • December 2013

    Moving from Risk to Resilience: Sustainable Urban Development in the Pacific

    This publication recommends risk reduction and adaptation measures to promote more sustainable urban development.
  • August 2013

    Least Developed Sucos: Timor-Leste

    This paper assesses the distribution of opportunity in the village level in Timor-Leste.
  • June 2013

    Tonga: Economic Update and Outlook 2012

    This economic report provides a longitudinal study of the Tonga economy covering the last two decades. It is the result of a joint project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development.
  • December 2012

    Fiji 2012: Revitalizing the Fiji Economy

    This report provides a longitudinal study of the Fiji economy covering more than 2 decades of growth and development, presenting an economic update and outlook and assessing the key drivers of performance across economic sectors.
  • October 2012

    The State of Pacific Towns and Cities: Urbanization in ADB's Pacific Developing Member Countries

    In late 2009, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a new Pacific Approach, a framework for its role in the development of its 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). The Pacific Approach expresses concern for the poorly managed urbanization processes in the Pacific DMCs and recognizes the strain urbanization has placed on urban infrastructure and services. Selecting urban development as one of its operational priorities, the Pacific Approach commits ADB to supporting good urban development through the supply and delivery of urban services in the Pacific.
  • January 2012

    Sustainable Health Care Financing in the Republic of Palau

    This policy brief describes the successful development in 2008–2009 of draft legislation aimed at reforming health-care financing in Palau, and its enactment by the legislature and signature by the President in 2010.
  • September 2011

    Food Security and Climate Change in the Pacific: Rethinking the Options

    The Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are a diverse array of countries with widely varying topographies, cultures and economies, fragile natural resource environments, and prosperity, stability, and security that can be compromised by the impacts and consequences of climate change. The Pacific island governments view climate change as a priority issue, especially in terms of its potential impacts on food security, and need clear directions in addressing both issues.
  • August 2011

    Economic Growth to 2030 in Timor-Leste

    Using a growth accounting framework, this paper estimates the key inputs required by the Timor-Leste economy to narrow its income gap with the upper middle- income economies by 2030. This paper also presents estimates of the required accumulation of human and physical capital and improvements in productivity. The analysis concludes that an internationally high rate of economic growth is achievable over the long term if Timor-Leste matches the quality of policy and management of emerging Asia.
  • July 2011

    The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific

    'This collection of case studies is the first systematic effort to unpack the political economy of reform in the Pacific. It is timely, wide-ranging, and rich in insight.' - Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre and Director, International and Development Economics Program, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University