ADB's Pacific Approach 2010-2014

Publication | December 2009

ADB's Pacific Approach addresses challenges and opportunities common to Pacific developing member countries, and seeks to identify regional approaches and common guidelines to improve the effectiveness of development assistance.

The rationale behind formulating a new Pacific Approach for 2010–2014 is summarized as follows.

• The Pacific Approach provides alignment between the region’s Pacific Plan and ADB’s long-term strategic framework 2008–2020 (Strategy 2020).
• The Pacific Approach sets overall strategic directions for operations in the Pacific, including how reforms would be undertaken.
• The Pacific Approach recognizes the need to respond with greater awareness to the complex fragile situations particular to most Pacific DMCs.
• Knowledge solutions, including better practice models, can be identified for replication within the region.
• Public goods and services provided at the regional level can exploit economies of scale.
• A common framework can address similar social, cultural, and political binding constraints to growth and development, similar opportunities and development risks; and derive regional approaches to support growth and development, including the need to engage in nontraditional sectors for private sector operations.
• The Pacific Approach also recognizes the need to improve development effectiveness in anticipation of a possible substantial increase in ADB’s assistance to the region.


  • Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Development Context
  • ADB Operations
  • Lessons
  • The Pacific Approach
  • Appendices
    • Appendix 1: Strengthening Fragile Situations
    • Appendix 2: Pacific Approach Results Framework, 2010-2014
    • Appendix 3: Pacific Plan, ADB's LTSF 2020 and Pacific Approach 2010-2014

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • RPS091212
  • 978-971-561-880-9 (Print)


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