ADB’s work in urban development includes the provision of affordable social and economic infrastructure and services, such as schools and health facilities that ensure the well-being of citizens across income levels. ADB  also promotes inclusive mobility in cities which will ensure urban-rural connectivity for the movement of people and goods, as well as access for people with disabilities and the elderly.

July 2019 – Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, but a new threat exists to this already fragile site: flooding. Here are 9 lessons for developing projects that respects cultural heritage and archeology.


January 2019 – Considered a fragile state and one of the least developed countries in the world, Kiribati will embark on overcoming two of its greatest challenges – water scarcity and climate change –by building the largest desalination facility in the Pacific Islands.


December 2018 – The Asian Development Bank, through the Central and West Asia Regional Department, Pakistan Resident Mission, and the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund hosted the Resilience Accelerator Workshop in Singapore on 10–12 December.


December 2018 – The Yangon City Development Committee, Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, and ADB recently organized a Resilience Academy workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. 


December 2018 – Bangladesh is among the most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index.


December 2018 –The Urban Sector
Group marks a year bolstered by the new ADB Strategy 2030 that includes a key operational priority on livable cities, as well as milestone projects in Nepal and Tajikistan, notable training sessions, and participation in international conferences.


October 2018 – Projects supported by the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund were cited as examples of increasing urban resilience among a gathering of international experts at the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held in ADB headquarters.


September 2018 – How the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority transformed itself from a nearly bankrupt utility to one of South Asia’s leading public utilities, due in part to experiences from other projects that helped shaped ADB’s Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Program. 


June 2018 – The country’s largest state combined toilet construction with wide-scale capacity building, behavioral change campaigns, and a three-tiered monitoring process to achieve an open defecation free status in most of its areas.


May 2018 - ADB and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies list the ways national and local governments can implement climate change mitigation projects that also support the development of women.


May 2018 - The harsh truth is climate change impacts are not gender neutral. An ADB technical assistance has started reversing this gender blindness through pilot projects that will increase women’s contribution in climate action across three Southeast Asian countries.


April 2018 - Mitigating climate change impacts and achieving global commitments are only possible when the other half of the population – women and girls – is empowered.


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.


January 2018 – Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.


January 2018 – Winter in Ulaanbaatar can be harsh. How can urban planning help the Mongolian capital and other wintry cities to become livable?


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


December 2017 - Cities overflowing with rural to urban migrants and beleaguered with congestion, aging infrastructure, and other associated social and environmental problems are fast becoming the new normal in metropolitan areas worldwide.


November 2017 - Mimicking its history, Mandalay is aspiring to build its city anew. Before it was for security reasons, today the motivation is sustainability.


October 2017 - The implementation of the Jaipur Metro Rail Project had apprehensions from local citizens for fear that the city's cultural identity would be defaced with the construction infrastructure investments. 

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


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

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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