ADB focuses on enhancing the efficiency of government services through information and communication technologies. In particular, ADB is applying space-based technologies that will synergize with city and national databases to help planning practices become more effective by identifying infrastructure improvement based
on a city’s land resources.

March 2018 - The European Space Agency shares how satellite-based technologies can help improve the national transport infrastructure of Papua New Guinea, as well as protect its communities from natural hazards.


March 2018 - Indonesia’s third largest city is increasingly earning a reputation as a smart city. A knowledge partnership between ADB and Singapore ETH Centre is now ensuring it goes beyond the use of information technology—uniting people to become more engaged both online and offline.


February 2018 - Every day there is a disaster happening in some part of the world. In Asia and the Pacific, the occurrences are far more frequent and catastrophic, given the exposure and vulnerability of both assets and the masses. But a tap and a click could soon reduce statistics.


September 2017 - Rapid development of cities does not always go hand to hand with development of public services and critical infrastructure. 


August 2017 - The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. This revolution is led by advancements in digital technologies, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT).


July 2017 - In recognition that an efficient and safe transport system is vital to secure economic and social development, ADB provides support for infrastructure upgrade and maintenance in Timor-Leste.


July 2017 - For the last decades, grasslands in Mongolia are being degraded, with studies pointing to around 78% of national territory experiencing desertification and other forms of land degradation, resulting in decreased livestock productivity and lower incomes. 


July 2017 - Viet Nam is one of the most seriously affected countries worldwide by climate change processes such as sea level rise.


July 2017 - Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country, with floods being the most frequent and severe danger.


January 2018 – Leveraging on partnerships, the Future Cities technical assistance paved the way for Tbilisi’s ‘project of the century’.


July 2017 - The ADB activity Flood Management in Selected River Basins Project supports the Government of Indonesia (GoI) to better manage and mitigate flood risks.


July 2017 - The project supported the large-scale, widely dispersed national residential construction program to erect 50,000 private homes using local construction contractors over a 5 year period .


July 2017 - Current transport infrastructure data availability and quality often limit the development of sustainable transport policies, investment strategies and models of future transport needs.


July 2017 - From 1991 to 2010, the global climate risk index ranked Tonga 19th of 179 countries in terms of observed average annual losses as a percentage of gross domestic product due to climate-related disasters and in terms of average of climate-related deaths per 100,000 people.


July 2017 - Rapid growth of some cities and relocations of commercial and residential areas have produced important changes to the industrial and urban sectors, not always following sustainability criteria.


July 2017 - Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country, with floods being the most frequent and severe danger.

Urban solutions pathways

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 Asia and the Pacific into safe, sustainable urban centers.

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