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The Social Protection Indicator for Asia: Assessing Progress

Across 25 countries in Asia, average social protection expenditure was 5.3% of aggregate GDP and the average expenditure per intended beneficiary amounted to 4% of GDP per capita in 2015, says this report. Social protection expenditure ranged from less than 1% of GDP in Bhutan, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Myanmar to 21% of GDP in Japan.

The Social Protection Indicator for Asia: Assessing Progress

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Climate Change and Disasters in Asia and the Pacific

Climate change and disasters threaten the long-term sustainability of development in Asia and the Pacific. The region has experienced a significant increase in the number, intensity, and impact of extreme weather events.

Blog Entry

For sale—cheap: farms, buildings, cinemas, kindergartens and more

State-owned enterprises, including power utilities, in many countries have collected a menagerie of assets unrelated to their core business. And they are selling cheap.

In the Spotlight: Pakistan

Pakistan joined ADB as a founding member in 1966. The country has since been working with ADB to strengthen its key infrastructure, social services, and economic growth. ADB has approved $32.2 billion in project assistance to Pakistan since 1966. More on Pakistan and ADB

News Release

$500 Million Loan to Pakistan to Boost Trade, Address Deficit, and Support Economic Reforms

ADB has approved a $500 million policy-based loan to support Pakistan’s reforms to improve trade competitiveness and exports as a defense against external shocks and to help finance the country’s trade deficit.

News Release

ADB, Pakistan Discuss New Partnership Strategy to Drive Economic Growth

ADB and the Government of Pakistan held a series of country consultations to formulate a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS), which will guide ADB’s engagement in the country from 2020 to 2024.

Institutional Document

Pakistan: Country Operations Business Plan (2019–2021)

The country operations business plan (COBP), 2019–2021 of ADB for Pakistan is aligned with ADB’s country partnership strategy (CPS), 2015–2019 for Pakistan, the priorities of ADB’s Strategy 2030, and the Government’s development strategy "Pakistan Vision 2025". Sectors supported include irrigation and water resource management; education; health; energy sector development reforms; trade, competitiveness and financial sector development; transport sector development; and urban and cities development.

The Impact of Trade Conflict on Developing Asia

The 2018 trade conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China presents a stumbling block to the global manufacturing and international trade that has driven growth and prosperity in Asia.

Data Story

Trade Conflict and Developing Asia

The growing trade battle that broke out in early 2018 between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) means GDP could fall by as much as 1 percentage point in PRC and 0.2 percentage point in the United States over a period of 2-3 years relative to a no-conflict scenario.

Blog Entry

Why imposing trade tariffs backfires in an interconnected world

Production value chains in Asia and beyond will be severely affected by the US-PRC trade tensions.

Blog Entry

Trade policy uncertainty is at all-time highs—and that’s bad news

After 500 days of trade conflict, policy uncertainty is growing worldwide and the negative effects are being felt.

ADB in the Capital Markets

A leading triple-A borrower in the international markets, ADB raises funds regularly through bond issues in international and domestic capital markets, reflecting strong credit fundamentals and conservative financial policies.

Institutional Document

Investor Presentation

The ADB Investor Presentation provides an overview of the Asian Development Bank, its operations, and other information relevant to prospective investors.


ADB Green Bonds Newsletter and Impact Report 2018

At least 75% of the number of ADB’s committed operations will be supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2030. Climate finance from ADB’s own resources will reach $80 billion during 2019–2030.

Private Sector Financing

Private investment is key to Asia’s prosperity. ADB works with private sector clients to empower communities in many ways—like building the infrastructure they need, boosting farmer incomes, and delivering clean energy supplies.


Public–Private Partnership Monitor (Second Edition)

This publication presents information on the status of the public–private partnership (PPP) environment in 12 ADB member countries.

Project Result / Case Study

Investing in Asia’s maiden green bonds

Green bonds are an increasingly viable option for investors in Asia, like pension and superannuation funds, looking to get involved in green sustainable financing.


Economic research and statistical work contributes to knowledge generation in ADB and help strengthen its institutional priorities and effectiveness of country operations.

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The ADB Data Library is the central store for all of ADB's public data. Browse data, view visualizations and interact with APIs.