Urban Development Series

The Urban Development Series are shared knowledge resources with developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific on good practices, innovative development tools, and approaches for urban revitalization and renewal under ADB's Long-Term Strategic Framework 2020.

  • November 2012

    Green Cities

    Asia's cities have been the drivers of the economy and have lifted millions out of poverty. However, the environmental consequences of this rapid development are apparent, and the citizens of Asia's urban areas are increasingly insistent that something should be done. And there is an investment deficit in Asian cities' infrastructure spending, mostly in environmental infrastructure, of some $100 billion per annum.
  • October 2011

    Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic Development

    Economic challenges in developing Asian countries have become more complex: urban populations are growing at great cost to the environment, climate change has increased risks of natural disasters, and income gaps within and between developing countries are widening. These factors threaten the sustainable growth and development of urban areas, the drivers of Asia's economy. A strategic approach for inclusive growth is needed.
  • April 2011

    Inclusive Cities

    '...by recapturing slum rehabilitation in its different forms as a core element of an inclusive urban development agenda, this book proves relevant for both Asia and other parts of the developing world facing similar challenges of improving the lives of slum dwellers...' - Claudio Acioly Jr., Chief, Housing Policy Section, UN-HABITAT
  • September 2010

    Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia

    'The lessons learned in this publication are not only relevant for post-disaster reconstruction programs in Indonesia but also in other parts of the world.' - Dr. Suprayoga Hadi, Director for Special Areas and Disadvantaged Regions, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Jakarta
  • June 2010

    Unleashing Economic Growth: Region-Based Urban Development Strategy for Nepal

    The book provides an overview of the economic, political, and social environment in Nepal and the challenges confronting the country in eliciting its economic growth potential. The book provides an insightful framework of an inclusive development strategy in the context of symbiotic relationships between urban and rural areas as well as among the three eco-belts, i.e.,tarai, hills, and mountain areas. Against this backdrop, the strategy calls for prioritized and focused investments on the region's growth potential to induce maximum economic growth impact.
  • October 2009

    Changing Course: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Transport

    Most Asian cities have grown more congested, more sprawling, and less livable in recent years; and statistics suggest that this trend will continue. Rather than mitigate the problems, transport policies have often exacerbated them. In this book, ADB outlines a new paradigm for sustainable urban transport that gives Asian cities a workable, step-by-step blueprint for reversing the trend and moving toward safer, cleaner, more sustainable cities, and a better quality of urban life.
  • December 2008

    Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia: The Potential for Urban Renewal in Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila

    The cases of Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila, presented in this publication on Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia, demonstrate that inner-city areas and urban heritage assets can become important opportunities for public and private investments with a good potential for bankable and profitable public-private partnership projects. Urbanizing Asia in the 21st century requires a fresh look at urban renewal and historic inner cities, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has a role to play in this area.
  • November 2008

    Urban Development Experience and Visions: India and the People's Republic of China

    This report summarizes the discussions that took place on 8- 16 November 2007 at an Asian Development Bank - sponsored workshop on Urban Development Experience of the PRC and India with Private Sector Participation. The workshop was held in the People's Republic of China, where high-level officials of central, state, and municipal governments from India were invited to share the vision and experience of the two countries. Particular emphasis was given to the role of the private sector in the provision of urban infrastructure and services.
  • September 2008

    City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-led Development Strategy for Asia

    Planning for development in rapidly urbanizing Asia requires a fresh look. This book analyzes emerging urbanization patterns and explores the potential of city cluster development in Asia. City cluster development takes into account the provision of infrastructure and services in connection with spark potentials of economic growth and dispenses with the urban-rural dichotomy of traditional development planning, recognizing that urban centers are not only hubs for economic growth but also service centers for surrounding areas.