An Overview of Approaches to Transition Finance for Hard-to-Abate Sectors

Climate finance has yet to reach the necessary scale for mobilizing sufficient funds to support the decarbonization efforts of businesses.

Investment in Renewable Energy and Emissions: Firm-Level Empirical Evidence from the People’s Republic of China

Firms with greater air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions (measured as a share of revenue) invest more in renewable energy (measured as a share of equity).

Excise Tax Policy and Cigarette Use in High-Burden Asian Countries

This brief examines the public health consequences of smoking in five Asian countries and evaluates strategies to raise tobacco taxes to reduce smoking prevalence and boost revenue.

Sri Lanka: Strengthening the Regional Development Bank Project

This Sri Lanka project brief analyzes how ADB provided a $50 million loan to the state-owned Regional Development Bank (RDB) to unlock much-needed financing for the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) central to the country’s growth.

Rail Transport Corridors in the CAREC Region: Long-Term Supply Chain Resilience and Short-Term Shocks

Diversification and strengthening of Eurasian rail corridors benefit Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation members through revenues from transit fees.

Mainstreaming the Social Indicators of the Seafood Stewardship Index for Greater Equity in the Asian Seafood and Aquaculture Industry

Fisheries and aquaculture businesses may play a greater role in translating their commitment to upholding human rights for workers and coastal communities.

Back to School After COVID-19 Pandemic: Resumption or Transitional Disruption?

At least in the first 6 months of school reopening in Malaysia, concerns over a lack of social interaction in school prevail.

The Rule of Law Approach for More Resilient Institutions: Judicial Accountability and Independence, and Global Economic Activities

The issues of judicial independence and accountability, the role of the rule of law in supply chain resilience, and its impact on global financial architecture are deeply interconnected.

Digital Transformation of Tax Administration in the Republic of Korea: Lessons from Experience and Ways Forward

This governance brief details the digitalization of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) tax administration, assesses how its strategy can bolster tax revenues, and explores how developing countries can replicate its strategy to roll-out e-taxation models.

National Strategies for Carbon Markets under the Paris Agreement: Making Informed Policy Choices

This report analyzes why deepening carbon markets in Asia and the Pacific can help economies reach ambitious emission reduction goals and generate the financing needed to scale up climate action and build a resilient future.

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