Urban Development Series

The Urban Development Series are shared knowledge resources with developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific on good practices, innovative development tools, and approaches for urban revitalization and renewal under ADB's Long-Term Strategic Framework 2020.

  • November 2012

    Green Cities

    ADB will endeavor to develop longer-term engagements in focus urban regions. This will provide the opportunity to develop an integrated plan based on assessments of the environmental, social, and economic priorities for these regions.
  • October 2011

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

    This book explores ways to foster the development of more competitive and sustainable urban economies in Asia.
  • April 2011

    Inclusive Cities

    Slums, informal settlements, and dilapidated inner-city tenements are problems that many cities in Asia and the Pacific struggle with while their economies try to modernize and develop. Their existence puts at risk not only these economies but also poor people occupying vulnerable areas that climate change and natural disasters will only make worse. Slums are being addressed in countries in Asia and the Pacific but not yet at the rate required to create livable cities.
  • September 2010

    Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia

    The book's refreshing glimpse into on-the-ground, post-disaster project implementation contains important lessons for future disaster-response donor assistance.
  • June 2010

    Unleashing Economic Growth: Region-Based Urban Development Strategy for Nepal

    The book provides an overview of the economic, political, and social environment in Nepal and the challenges confronting the country in eliciting its economic growth potential. The book provides an insightful framework of an inclusive development strategy in the context of symbiotic relationships between urban and rural areas as well as among the three eco-belts, i.e.,tarai, hills, and mountain areas. Against this backdrop, the strategy calls for prioritized and focused investments on the region's growth potential to induce maximum economic growth impact.
  • October 2009

    Changing Course: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Transport

    Most Asian cities have grown more congested, more sprawling, and less livable in recent years; and statistics suggest that this trend will continue. Rather than mitigate the problems, transport policies have often exacerbated them. In this book, ADB outlines a new paradigm for sustainable urban transport that gives Asian cities a workable, step-by-step blueprint for reversing the trend and moving toward safer, cleaner, more sustainable cities, and a better quality of urban life.
  • December 2008

    Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia: The Potential for Urban Renewal in Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila

    The cases of Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila, presented in this publication on Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia, demonstrate that inner-city areas and urban heritage assets can become important opportunities for public and private investments with a good potential for bankable and profitable public-private partnership projects. Urbanizing Asia in the 21st century requires a fresh look at urban renewal and historic inner cities, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has a role to play in this area.
  • November 2008

    Urban Development Experience and Visions: India and the People's Republic of China

    This report summarizes the discussions that took place on 8- 16 November 2007 at an Asian Development Bank - sponsored workshop on Urban Development Experience of the PRC and India with Private Sector Participation. The workshop was held in the People's Republic of China, where high-level officials of central, state, and municipal governments from India were invited to share the vision and experience of the two countries. Particular emphasis was given to the role of the private sector in the provision of urban infrastructure and services.
  • September 2008

    City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-led Development Strategy for Asia

    Planning for development in rapidly urbanizing Asia requires a fresh look. This book analyzes emerging urbanization patterns and explores the potential of city cluster development in Asia. City cluster development takes into account the provision of infrastructure and services in connection with spark potentials of economic growth and dispenses with the urban-rural dichotomy of traditional development planning, recognizing that urban centers are not only hubs for economic growth but also service centers for surrounding areas.