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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Fintech and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Priorities for Asia
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital technology adoption in the financial sector and impacted the role of financial technology firms in supporting households and businesses.
Blue Economy and Blue Finance: Toward Sustainable Development and Ocean Governance
Billions of people in Asia and the Pacific depend on healthy oceans for their livelihoods, food security, health, and recreation.
The Rise of Asia: Perspectives and Beyond
In this book, Mr. Takehiko Nakao reflects on his experience as President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) between April 2013 and January 2020.
Creative Economy 2030: Imagining and Delivering a Robust, Creative, Inclusive, and Sustainable Recovery
The revival of the creative economy will be critical for ensuring an inclusive recovery that boosts small enterprises and employment for vulnerable groups in Asia’s rural and urban areas.
Labor Migration in Asia: COVID-19 Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Responses
The pandemic has impacted migrant workers and raised challenges for policy makers through declining demand, shifting travel and repatriation protocols, and expanded policy focus on the epidemiological factors of international labor mobility.
Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment under COVID-19
While greater investment is needed to support recovery in the wake of the pandemic, the longer-term outlook for economies depends on new capital flows.
COVID-19 and Economic Recovery Potential in the CAREC Region
The road to recovery from the pandemic may be daunting, yet economic trends suggest the potential for the recovery process to positively influence socioeconomic development in Central Asia.
Prospects for Transitioning from a Linear to Circular Economy in Developing Asia
A circular economy aims to drive economic growth in a sustainable manner by maximizing resource efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sustainability of Asia’s Debt: Problems, Policies, and Practices
This edited book explores debt accumulation in Asia and discusses policy recommendations.
Harnessing Digitalization for Sustainable Economic Development: Insights for Asia
Digital transformation can raise the productive capacities of economies in Asia, helping to enhance trade, financial inclusion, and firm competitiveness.