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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Trade Adjustment in Asia: Past Experiences and Lessons Learned
Asia’s economic success over the past four decades has been built on a strategy of export promotion coupled with trade opening.
Asia's Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and Technology Over 50 Years
This book presents an overview of Asia’s growth and transformation in the last 50 years and discusses key policy lessons that can be drawn from the region’s experiences.
Ways to Achieve Green Asia
Escalating environmental degradation and the risk of climate change are attracting growing attention from both policy makers and the public.
“Those That Fix the Lights”: The Practice of Public Sector Management in Developing Asia
While countries in Developing Asia have had difficulties in instituting governance and public sector reforms, the scope for doing so has never been better.
Water Insecurity and Sanitation in Asia
As Asia rapidly urbanizes, providing water and sanitation services has become problematic.
Aging Societies: Policies and Perspectives
Group of Twenty (G20) countries are being increasingly exposed to the effects of population aging, such as having an older and shrinking labor force with more retirees.
Borders without Barriers: Facilitating Trade in SASEC Countries
This book presents an analysis of the state of trade facilitation in member countries of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.
Central Bank Digital Currency and Fintech in Asia
The development of financial technology has already radically altered the landscape of the financial system in Asia and promises to have an even greater impact in coming years.
Together We Deliver: Grants for a Brighter Future
This edition focuses on how Asian Development Fund (ADF) grants are uplifting the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people in Asia and the Pacific.
Infrastructure Financing in Asia
This book highlights how private financing can help address Asia’s huge infrastructure investment needs. It discusses innovation and the role of bond markets and green bonds.