This book is a history of the Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development bank established 50 years ago to serve Asia and the Pacific. It focuses on the region’s economic development, the evolution of the international development agenda, and the story of ADB itself.
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Unlocking Transport Connectivity in the Trans-Caspian Corridor
Spanning from the People’s Republic of China through Central Asian countries along the Caspian Sea to Europe, the Trans-Caspian Corridor is an increasingly important channel for transportation and cross-border trade.
COVID-19 Impacts and Policy Options: An Asian Perspective
COVID-19 economic recovery can be advanced by greater efforts to boost longer-term resilience and sustainability in Asia and the Pacific.
Demographic Transition and Its Impacts in Asia and Europe
Demography is a principal driving force for economic growth and social development.
Court Companion on Gender-Based Violence Cases
The Court Companion on Gender-Based Violence Cases navigates international law and Pakistan's domestic legal framework for an analysis of applicable legal norms to make justice more accessible to victims of gender-based violence.
Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021 Update: Transforming Agriculture in Asia
This report forecasts growth in developing Asia of 7.1% in 2021 and 5.4% in 2022 in an uneven recovery caused by divergent growth paths. Its theme chapter explores sustainable agriculture.
Developing Agriculture and Tourism for Inclusive Growth in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
This report explores potential links between the agriculture and tourism sectors that could strengthen infrastructure development and inclusive growth in the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Frontiers in High-Speed Rail Development
High-speed rail development has been recognized as an important policy tool for regional development around the world but faces a range of challenges in its execution.
Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2021
This publication provides updated statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, and environmental measures as well as select indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Economic Integration in Asia and Europe: Lessons and Policies
Asia and Europe have taken differing approaches to economic integration, with Asia choosing loose economic cooperation based on bilateral and regional economic agreements and Europe choosing to strengthen institutionalization.
Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption
This book presents contemporary perspectives on the importance of a learning society in supporting Asia and the Pacific’s development journey.