ADB's Focus on Urban Development
In the Spotlight
In Bhutan, residents of Thimphu voluntarily contributed parcels of land to allow for the planned, sustainable expansion of the city. This innovative approach has now become a model for urban expansion and growth across the country.
Roads were re-tarmacked, sidewalks fixed, and a storm water drainage system built in Mtskheta, Georgia. This was part of an effort to improve municipal services in Georgian towns, which ADB supported with loans totaling $70 million.
This compendium of twinning arrangements and country experiences highlights successful partnerships formed under ADB's Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program.
This handbook provides guidance on integrating the Water Safety Plan approach into ADB's urban water projects to facilitate compliance with global good practices.
ADB’s Vision of Livable Cities
Cities contribute to national economic growth, but they can be polluted and overcrowded. Asia’s rapidly developing cities face inadequate basic services, environmental degradation, and increasing poverty. “Livable Cities” is ADB’s vision and approach to urban development. ADB works to support the transformation of developing cities in the Asia and Pacific region into safe, sustainable urban centers.