Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank (second edition)

Publication | July 2017

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Focusing on the region’s economic development, the evolution of the international development agenda, and the story of ADB itself, Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific raises several key questions: What are the outstanding features of regional development to which ADB had to respond? How has the bank grown and evolved in changing circumstances? How did ADB’s successive leaders promote reforms while preserving continuity with the efforts of their predecessors? ADB has played an important role in the transformation of Asia and the Pacific over the past 50 years. As ADB continues to evolve and adapt to the region’s changing development landscape, the experiences highlighted in this book can provide valuable insight on how best to serve Asia and the Pacific in the future.


  • Chapter 1—Introduction


  • Chapter 2—Asia in the 1960s: Ferment and Transformation
  • Chapter 3—Establishing the Bank

FIRST DECADE (1967–1976)

  • Chapter 4—Asia: Building Momentum and Facing Shocks
  • Chapter 5—ADB: The Character of the Bank

SECOND DECADE (1977–1986)

  • Chapter 6—Asia: Transformation in the Region
  • Chapter 7—ADB: Toward a Broader Development Bank

THIRD DECADE (1987–1996)

  • Chapter 8—Asia: Reemergence of the Region
  • Chapter 9—ADB: New Members and New Regions

FOURTH DECADE (1997–2006)

  • Chapter 10—The Asian Financial Crisis
  • Chapter 11—Asia: A New Century Dawns
  • Chapter 12—ADB: The Widening Development Agenda

FIFTH DECADE (2007–2016)

  • Chapter 13—Asia: Growth in Uncertain Times
  • Chapter 14—ADB: Stronger, Better, Faster
  • Chapter 15—Epilogue: Looking beyond 50 Years

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • ADB@50
  • 550
  • TCS178907
  • 978-92-9257-875-6 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-876-3 (e-ISBN)

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