South Asia Working Papers
The ADB South Asia Working Paper Series is a forum for ongoing and recently completed research and policy studies undertaken in ADB or on its behalf. The series is meant to enhance greater understanding of current important economic and development issues in South Asia, promote policy dialogue among stakeholders, and facilitate reforms and development management.
Integrating Women and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Rural Water Supply Schemes in Sri Lanka
This working paper discusses how women with entrepreneurial and management skills in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts of Sri Lanka are successfully engaged in and help improve the sustainability of rural water supply schemes (RWSSs).
Hydropower Development and Economic Growth in Nepal
This paper assesses how developing a part of Nepal’s hydropower potential results in stronger economic growth and significantly reduces poverty while delivering environmental benefits and climate change mitigation.
Upcycling Plastic Waste for Rural Road Construction in India: An Alternative Solution to Technical Challenges
India seeks to improve rural connectivity through the Rural Road Program or Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadhak Yojana (PMGSY). This working paper highlights how PMGSY has addressed challenges through the use of upcycled plastic waste.
Hybrid Annuity Contracts for Road Projects in India
This paper examines the question if the hybrid annuity model (HAM) as applied in public–private partnership projects results in a “value for money” (VFM) paradigm.
Implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement: From Global Impacts to Value Chains
This paper uses a new methodology that factors in general equilibrium effects to estimate the potential impacts of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
An Empirical Evaluation of Monetary and Fiscal Policy Effects in Bangladesh
This working paper explores the interaction of monetary and fiscal policies in spurring economic growth in Bangladesh.
Microfinance for Disaster Recovery: Lessons from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
This report assesses the impact of a livelihood restoration microcredit provided to affected households after the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.
Exploring Strategies for Planned Urban Cluster Development in South Asia
This paper explains the importance of urban clusters and the potential of planned cluster development to drive economic growth in South Asia.
Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges: A Tale of Two Deficits
This paper provides a narrative of Sri Lanka’s history of twin fiscal and current account deficits. It examines the macroeconomic outcomes and policies to deal with the imbalances.
Industrialization of Developing Countries in a Multicountry, Multisector Capital Accumulation Model
This publication shows that industrialization of developing countries happens when their relative share in global production becomes larger than the global demand for consumption goods.