Pacific Studies Series
The Pacific Studies Series aims to provide the governments of the Asian Development Bank's Pacific developing member countries with analyses of economic and other issues. The studies are also expected to shed light on the problems facing governments and people in the Pacific islands, and to suggest development strategies that combine both political and technical feasibility.
Promoting Skill Transfer for Human Capacity Development in Papua New Guinea
Pacific countries lack workers with construction skills and rely on large firms to import skilled workers for large infrastructure projects.
The Emergence of Pacific Urban Villages: Urbanization Trends in the Pacific Islands
Set within the context of growing levels of urbanization in contemporary Pacific towns and cities, this publication explains the nature of “urban villages”.
Economic Costs of Inadequate Water and Sanitation: South Tarawa, Kiribati
This study seeks to estimate the total economic costs of the inadequate water supply and sanitation situation in South Tarawa, Kiribati.
Moving from Risk to Resilience: Sustainable Urban Development in the Pacific
This publication recommends risk reduction and adaptation measures to promote more sustainable urban development.
Least Developed Sucos: Timor-Leste
This paper assesses the distribution of opportunity in the village level in Timor-Leste.
Tonga: Economic Update and Outlook 2012
This economic report provides a longitudinal study of the Tonga economy covering the last two decades. It is the result of a joint project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development.
Fiji 2012: Revitalizing the Fiji Economy
This report provides a longitudinal study of the Fiji economy covering more than 2 decades of growth and development, presenting an economic update and outlook and assessing the key drivers of performance across economic sectors.
The State of Pacific Towns and Cities: Urbanization in ADB's Pacific Developing Member Countries
In late 2009, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a new Pacific Approach, a framework for its role in the development of its 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). The Pacific Approach expresses concern for the poorly managed urbanization processes in the Pacific DMCs and recognizes the strain urbanization has placed on urban infrastructure and services. Selecting urban development as one of its operational priorities, the Pacific Approach commits ADB to supporting good urban development through the supply and delivery of urban services in the Pacific.
Sustainable Health Care Financing in the Republic of Palau
This policy brief describes the successful development in 2008–2009 of draft legislation aimed at reforming health-care financing in Palau, and its enactment by the legislature and signature by the President in 2010.
Food Security and Climate Change in the Pacific: Rethinking the Options
The Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are a diverse array of countries with widely varying topographies, cultures and economies, fragile natural resource environments, and prosperity, stability, and security that can be compromised by the impacts and consequences of climate change. The Pacific island governments view climate change as a priority issue, especially in terms of its potential impacts on food security, and need clear directions in addressing both issues. This report describes the present state of food security and its contributing factors in the Pacific region, assesses its prospects amid the growing threats and likely impacts of climate change, and presents potential areas for more active assistance, investments, and interventions from ADB and other development partners.