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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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.
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.