Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic Development

Publication | October 2011

This book explores ways to foster the development of more competitive and sustainable urban economies in Asia.

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Economic challenges in developing Asian countries have become more complex: urban populations are growing at great cost to the environment, climate change has increased risks of natural disasters, and income gaps within and between developing countries are widening. These factors threaten the sustainable growth and development of urban areas, the drivers of Asia's economy. A strategic approach for inclusive growth is needed. The City Cluster Economic Development approach provides a strategic framework and a set of analytical tools, which governments, businesses, and communities can use to support the inclusive and sustainable development of competitive urban economies in Asia. Said approach was developed and tested by the Asian Development Bank to improve the basis for integrated planning and development of urban regions in Asia and the Pacific. It also helps urban managers and other city stakeholders identify action plans and determine priority investment areas.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Contributors of Case Study Reports for the Asian Development Bank's RETA 6337
  • City Competitivenes sand Cluster-Based Economic Development
  • Factors Shaping the Spatial Agglomeration of Asian Cities
  • Emerging Factors Accelerating Urban Economic Growth
  • The Cluster: Theory, Analysis, and Experience in Agglomerated Asian Cities
  • Building Competitive Local Economies: Approach and Analytical Steps
  • Cluster-Based City Economic Development in Bangladesh
  • Cluster-Based City Economic Development in India
  • Cluster-Based City Economic Development in Sri Lanka
  • Insights Gained from the Three Country Case Studies
  • A New Paradigm of Local Economic Development for Growing Asian Cities

Additional Details

  • Urban development
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • 354
  • 6 x 9
  • BKK113970
  • 978-92-9092-430-2 (Print)
  • 978-92-9092-431-9 (Web)

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