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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Financing Clean Energy in Developing Asia
This book examines clean energy investment needs and financing gaps in Asia and the Pacific and discusses how they are being addressed.
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.
Creating Livable Asian Cities
This book explores how Asia’s fast-growing cities can fulfill their potential as engines of economic prosperity and provide a livable environment for all citizens.
Labor Migration in Asia: Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis and the Post-Pandemic Future
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on economies, businesses, and workers, and in Asia and many other regions, migrant workers have been among the most affected.
Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms
Infrastructure development can give Central Asian economies an important boost for maintaining growth momentum, eradicating poverty, and addressing climate change.
Enhancing SME Participation in Global Value Chains: Determinants, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations
Promoting the development and internationalization of SMEs can increase productivity and competitiveness for more inclusive economic growth.
Reforming State-Owned Enterprises in Asia: Challenges and Solutions
State-owned enterprises are still significant players in many Asian economies, and their characteristics and competitive advantage as publicly owned enterprises allow them to play critical roles in providing essential public services.
Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in CAREC Landlocked Countries
SMEs in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation countries can contribute to economic development by helping to diversify the production base, create employment opportunities, alleviate poverty, and increase regional food security.
Equitable Land Use for Asian Infrastructure
Developing Asia’s demand for high-quality, integrated infrastructure requires a steady but equitable supply of land.
Pakistan: Reviving Growth through Competitiveness
This country diagnostic examines constraints to Pakistan achieving strong, sustained, and inclusive growth and proposes key sector reforms to boost the country’s economic competitiveness.