Together We Deliver: 10 Stories from ADB-Supported Projects with Clear Development Impacts

Publication | April 2014

Successful ADB projects across Asia and the Pacific that demonstrated development impacts, best practice, and innovation have changed and will continue to change the lives of many, especially the poor.

This book highlights successful ADB projects across Asia and the Pacific that demonstrated development impacts, best practice, and innovation. They were implemented through the hard work of ADB’s developing member countries, with support from ADB project teams and other partners. The results of the projects have changed and will continue to change the lives of many, especially the poor.

• In Afghanistan, for instance, a rail worker was able to send his daughters to school because of the salary he earns from working at a newly established railroad terminal. He is one of more than 7 million people in the country who are benefiting from the railway line, which serves as a crucial supply link into the country from its neighbors.
• In Armenia, more than 600,000 people are healthier and more productive because they have access to a regular supply of clean water in their homes. This was accomplished by ADB in partnership with international experts.
• In Bhutan, the government is using the revenue from exporting clean energy to neighboring India not only to grow its economy, but also to fund social programs and bring electricity to more than 8,500 rural poor households. The project was the first cross-border power generation venture financed by an international agency in South Asia.
• In Solomon Islands, the government amended the law with ADB’s assistance, allowing people to use movable assets, such as cars and trucks, as collateral to start up businesses.

Partnerships are key

A recurring theme of the projects described in this book is the partnerships among developing member countries, ADB, other organizations, and individuals, which bring much more than financing to the table. With the support of their partners, developing member countries are applying innovative solutions, overcoming barriers, and achieving results. This collaboration enables a limited amount of funding to be combined with expertise and knowledge to generate a broad development impact.

This book examines case studies throughout Asia and the Pacific to better understand how governments, people, and organizations can work together to deliver results.

About Together We Deliver

Together We Deliver is jointly produced by ADB and its developing member countries as a companion publication to the 2013 Development Effectiveness Review report.

Read more Project Results and Case Studies.


  • Introduction
  • Afghanistan: A Lifesaving Link
  • Armenia: Pure Water Flowing into Homes
  • Bhutan: Bringing Power to Villages and Beyond
  • People’s Republic of China: Clean Energy from Deadly Gas
  • People’s Republic of China: Clean Water for Millions
  • India: Rural Roads to Prosperity
  • Indonesia: Matching Skills, Changing Lives
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Faucets of Change
  • Mongolia: Changing the System to Focus on the Poor
  • Solomon Islands: Breaking Business Barriers
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
  • ADB funds and products
  • Cofinancing
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Bhutan
  • China, People's Republic of
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Solomon Islands
  • 138
  • 6 x 9
  • ARM146407-2
  • 978-92-9254-492-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-493-5 (electronic)

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