Learning from Rapid Urbanization in the People’s Republic of China

The economic rise and successful urbanization of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is a unique model offering lessons for the rest of Asia and the Pacific. Read More

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for a Healthy Asia and the Pacific

Countries in Asia and the Pacific need to prioritize investments in water supply and sanitation services to support vibrant and livable cities. Read More

Asia's Dark Alleys

Local authorities are looking for ways to make Asian cities safer for women, including lighting their streets, upgrading restrooms and training officials. Read More

Small Sanitation Project in Myanmar Has Big Impact on Community Life

A $50,000 pilot sanitation project in Myanmar shows that local infrastructure and services can be developed by communities and city governments in the informal settlements where they’re most needed. Read More


Cities generate over 80% of gross domestic product (GDP) in many countries of the Asia and the Pacific and are engines of economic growth that have lifted millions from poverty. But as they swell in size and number they are under increasing strain. Maintaining vital economic growth, while creating sustainable liveable cities for all is the biggest urban challenge facing Asia.

Since the 1960s, ADB has been assisting its developing member countries (DMCs) meet this challenge with about $15 billion in funding for 200 urban development projects, which have improved urban transport, waste management, and access to clean water and sanitation.

Read More

Fast Facts

of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in Asia. Air pollution contributes to the premature death of half a million Asians each year. Source

More than a billion
people were added to Asian cities from 1980-2010. Another 1.1 billion are expected by 2040. Source

More than 55%
of the population of Asia will be urban by 2030 Source

Read More