Handle with Care: Impact Stories from Fragile Situations

Publication | November 2010

ADB has been delivering care and services to developing member economies in fragile situations.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) works with a number of developing member countries facing fragile or conflict-affected situations. Fragile and conflict-affected situations are circumstances that complicate economic development, and might include domestic or international conflict, ethnic tensions, vulnerability to natural disasters, or a confluence of these factors.

Extra care is required in handling fragile situations. Developing the tools and expertise needed to deliver this care is an approach that is relatively young at ADB. However, ADB has provided timely assistance to many fragile situations by focusing on affected countries' most urgent needs, by working with other development partners, and by increasing ADB's presence in those countries. ADB's engagement ranges from fragile to conflict affected situations, including subnational situations of fragility, sensitive post-conflict transitions and peace-building situations.

This publication includes several stories of how ADB has been delivering care and services to economies in fragile situations.


  • Introduction
  • Afghanistan: Railway to Regional Integration
  • Nepal: Strengthening Peace through Inclusive Development
  • Papua New Guinea: Participating in HIV and AIDS Prevention
  • Solomon Islands: On The Same Track
  • Sri Lanka: Home Sweet Home
  • Vanuatu: Liaison Office Extends Pacific Partnerships

Additional Details

  • Governance and public sector management
  • Fragile situations
  • Afghanistan
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vanuatu

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