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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.

  • Economic Growth to 2030 in Timor-Leste
    1 Aug 2011

    Economic Growth to 2030 in Timor-Leste

    Using a growth accounting framework, this paper estimates the key inputs required by the Timor-Leste economy to narrow its income gap with the upper middle- income economies by 2030. This paper also presents estimates of the required accumulation of human and physical capital and improvements in productivity. The analysis concludes that an internationally high rate of economic growth is achievable over the long term if Timor-Leste matches the quality of policy and management of emerging Asia.
  • The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific
    1 Jul 2011

    The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific

    'This collection of case studies is the first systematic effort to unpack the political economy of reform in the Pacific. It is timely, wide-ranging, and rich in insight.' - Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre and Director, International and Development Economics Program, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University
  • Weaving Social Safety Nets
    1 Dec 2010

    Weaving Social Safety Nets

    The recent economic slowdown, the preceding period episode of high food and oil prices, and the ever-present risk of natural disasters have highlighted that Pacific island countries and their people are very vulnerable to economic and natural forces beyond their control. Informal support provided by extended families and communities to those in need have been coming under increasing strain and no longer offer sufficient protection to those facing temporary hardship.
  • State Performance and Capacity in the Pacific
    1 Nov 2010

    State Performance and Capacity in the Pacific

    The Pacific Approach of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) places good governance at the heart of the development agenda and identifies public sector management as an important driver of change. This study, prepared as a background for the Pacific Approach, reviews recent literature and analysis on the state's role in the development of Pacific developing member countries, and suggests priorities for future support by ADB and its development partners of improved state performance and capacity of these Pacific states.
  • Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action
    1 Sep 2010

    Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action

    ADB's Pacific Climate Change Program will address climate change-related technical and financing needs and support the planning and implementation of the climate responsive national development plans of Pacific developing member countries. Using innovative financing mechanisms, the program will build on and enhance efforts to-date by a variety of development partners, and will work with regional and national agencies and local communities to create and promote knowledge, skills, and practices in climate change-related fields.
  • Solomon Islands 2010 Economic Report
    1 Jul 2010

    Solomon Islands 2010 Economic Report

    Economic and social progress in Solomon Islands has been limited since the country's independence, and the recent global economic crisis has placed more pressure on the country's economy. The resulting fiscal crunch and emerging balance-of-payments pressures demand a coordinated macroeconomic policy response, featuring recurrent expenditure restraint, prudent monetary policy, and public sector reform. Grant-funded infrastructure will also need to play a key role in supporting economic and employment growth.
  • Transparency to the People: Using Stakeholder Participation to Support Public Sector Reform in Nauru and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
    1 Jan 2010

    Transparency to the People: Using Stakeholder Participation to Support Public Sector Reform in Nauru and the Republic of the Marshall Islands

    The publication tells the story of the use of stakeholder participation to support public sector reform in Nauru and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The report provides important lessons for donor agencies, for Nauru and the RMI, and for other Pacific island nations that mainly live off aid and other rents. The lessons concern what has gone wrong with governance and why, and what can be done to improve governance under existing conditions.
  • Kiribati Social and Economic Report 2008: Managing Development Risk
    25 Dec 2009

    Kiribati Social and Economic Report 2008: Managing Development Risk

    The report provides strategic priorities and options for policies for managing development risks and consulting with citizens about them, guiding citizens' actions, and taking direct action.
  • Kiribati's Political Economy and Capacity Development
    21 Dec 2009

    Kiribati's Political Economy and Capacity Development

    Investigation into the social, economic, political, and institutional factors that encourage or impede inclusive economic development in Kiribati. Studies the political economy of the country's state-owned enterprise reform.
  • Mainstreaming Climate Change in ADB Operations: Climate Change Implementation Plan for the Pacific (2009-2015)
    1 Dec 2009

    Mainstreaming Climate Change in ADB Operations: Climate Change Implementation Plan for the Pacific (2009-2015)

    This study describes the areas of focus for the ADB Pacific Department's operations, identifies key gaps between country and ADB actions, as well as opportunities for scaling up ADB's assistance related to mitigation, adaptation and associated crosscutting needs. The CCIP will evolve through periodic updates to effectively guide ongoing and future programs, technical assistance, and project designs.

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