Inclusive Economic Growth


Fostering growth that reaches all

Inclusive growth is particularly important for ADF countries. It has two mutually reinforcing objectives. First, rapid and sustainable growth will create and expand economic opportunities. Second, broader access to these opportunities will ensure that members of society can participate in and benefit from growth.

To promote a more inclusive growth, ADB has supported investments in infrastructure—roads, water, energy and other services—to help raise productivity, create jobs, reduce poverty and promote trade and investments. Infrastructure also promotes inclusiveness by integrating disadvantaged groups into mainstream economic activities and broadening their access to basic social services.  In many ADF countries, for example, developing rural infrastructure to connect the poor to markets and enable them to participate in the growth process is essential. Inclusive growth also requires greater investment in education and health, particularly for the poor.


Keeping Education's Promise
Bangladesh has high primary school enrollment rates and equally high drop out rates for older students. A revitalization of the country's education system aims to keep students in school.

A Bridge to School
New bridges are making travel easier across the hills of Bangladesh, and helping children stay in school.

Building the Future of Cambodia's Children
New school buildings are allowing the children of Cambodia to dream of a better life.

Education for All
After painful streamlining and reforms, Mongolia's children have the chance to gain a decent education with modern schools, better curricula, and new textbooks.

Switched On
With ADB support, Sri Lanka's secondary students benefit from better schools and programs to provide skills for a changing job market.

Educating Future Professionals
An education project is helping Viet Nam meet the labor demands of its booming economy.

Finance sector development

Home Sweet Home
An ADB-supported project provides villagers in Sri Lanka’s eastern coastal communities with opportunities to move beyond a past ravaged by conflict and natural calamity, and has shown that poverty reduction can be achieved even in situations of conflict and disaster.

Open for Business
Bhutan's financial system is a fundamental building block for both the private sector and economic growth

Microfinance to the Rescue
People on Papua New Guinea’s remote Manam Island and Madang Province are rebuilding after a disastrous volcanic eruption thanks to better banking solutions.

Women Thrive in Local Business
In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, poor rural women are transforming themselves into successful entrepreneurs.

Credit, Knowledge, Infrastructure - A Winning Mix
A project in rural Bangladesh provides farmers with training, data, and price information to help them maximize returns and increase the quality of produce.

Micro Credits, Macro Benefits
In times of mounting economic woes and rising food prices, microfinance is helping poor families keep their livelihood going, their self-esteem intact, and their hopes alive.

Funding a Microcredit Revolution
A rural microcredit scheme is not only reducing poverty in rural Nepal, but also empowering women and breaking down gender barriers.

Microcredit to End Poverty
Hope, confidence, progress, and peace of mind are just some of the benefits Bangladeshi women received from a rural livelihood project.

Infrastructure (Energy)

Video: Dark No More: Bhutan Lights Up

Lighting up Lives
Electricity is casting a new light into the remote areas of Bhutan. Now the people are healthier, more financially stable, and have brighter futures.

A Clean Fuel to Boost Incomes
Compressed Natural Gas has been around since the 1980s. Through an ADF-supported project, it has finally taken off in Dhaka.

Infrastructure (Health)

The Vital Signs of Accessible Health Care
Local governments and nongovernment organizations come together to fight maternal and child mortality in Bangladesh.

Infrastructure (Transport)

Connecting the Dots
Rural roads are bridging the gulf between poor villages, markets, and healthcare facilities in Bangladesh - as well as providing opportunities for women in dire need of employment.

Calling the Shots
In Bangladesh's secondary towns, ordinary people are getting a say in government, and that is changing even how the bills are paid.

Video: New Afghanistan Rail Line Speeds Flow of Humanitarian Aid

Video: Caravan of Dreams (Parts 1 to 3)

Paving the Way for Growth
Thanks to a new concrete and asphalt road from their village to the capital, residents of Obi Garm can travel to Dushanbe in half the time as in years past.

Railway to Regional Integration
Today, as new trade routes connect landlocked Central Asia with the booming economies of South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan's geographic position is proving a valuable asset.

Highway to Prosperity
Around 75 percent of the population of the Kyrgyz Republic are benefiting in some way from an upgraded road connecting the north and south of the country.

Highway to Prosperity
Around 75 percent of the population of the Kyrgyz Republic are benefiting in some way from an upgraded road connecting the north and south of the country.

On the Same Track
ADB roads and bridges in the Solomon Islands are improving thanks to the almost complete Post Conflict Emergency Rehabilitation Project.

Road to Opportunity
A road between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh marks a milestone in the Greater Mekong Subregion, promoting economic cooperation in a formerly conflict-torn area.

Infrastructure (Water and Sanitation)

Pipe Dreams Become a Reality
Residents in the Chittagong Hill Tracts communities of Bangladesh are piping their way out of disease and poverty.

Rural development