LIVABLE CITIES

Making Cities More Livable is the Asian Development Bank’s vision and approach toward sustainable urban development under its new Strategy 2030. Known as Strategy 2030 Operational Priority 4, it has three operational approaches or pillars: Improve coverage, quality efficiency, and reliability of services in urban areas; strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities; and improve urban environment, climate resilience and disaster management of cities.
 
With 65% of people in Asia and the Pacific set to live in cities by 2050, we have gathered stories and lessons that will ensure cities in Asia and the Pacific are inclusive, competitive, environmentally sustainable, and resilient.
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IMPROVING COVERAGE, QUALITY, EFFICIENCY, AND RELIABILITY OF SERVICES IN URBAN AREAS

Improve the coverage, quality, efficiency, and reliability of services in urban areas to make them energy-efficient, gender-responsive, inclusive, and sustainable by supporting integrated development, building capacities, and promoting high-level technologies.

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IMPROVE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT OF CITIES

Improve urban environments, climate resilience, and disaster management through, for example, enhancing resources and building capacity.

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STRENGTHEN URBAN PLANNING AND FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF CITIES

Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities by promoting inclusive and participatory processes and supporting cities to develop and efficiently use their financial resources.

ARTICLES AND STORIES

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Additional resources and frequent communication are some of the small wins from the early days of the second Tonle Sap Basin project, according to an After-Action Review (AAR) report of the project.

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Built to last: Suzhou Creek rehabilitation project
Built to last: Suzhou Creek rehabilitation project

May 2017 – After years of suffering pollution, Suzhou Creek is as good as new thanks to an ADB rehabilitation project.

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Mangalore shows the way on wastewater management in India
Mangalore shows the way on wastewater management in India

June 2017 – Indian cities, which contribute more than 60% of the country’s GDP, face a major challenge in managing their wastewater in a scientific manner.

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Nepal leads a countrywide fecal sludge management regulatory framework
Nepal leads a countrywide fecal sludge management regulatory framework

July 2017 – In South Asia, countries have recognized this need to improve sanitation over the last decade.

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Smart water management systems in Guiyang City, People’s Republic of China
Smart water management systems in Guiyang City, People’s Republic of China

July 2017 – The organization saw several transformations in the course of over 7 decades, until it became the Guiyang Beikong Water Group Company.

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Improved water operation resilience in Thailand
Improved water operation resilience in Thailand

July 2017 – The advent of climate change has been a game changer for all.

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River basin flood management in Indonesia
River basin flood management in Indonesia

July 2017 – The ADB Flood Management in Selected River Basins Project supports the Government of Indonesia's goal to better manage and mitigate flood risks.

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Supporting hydropower development in Viet Nam
Supporting hydropower development in Viet Nam

July 2017 – ADB is cofinancing the construction of Song Bung 4, a hydropower plant in the Nam Giang District, Quang Nam Province, in compliance with safeguard requirements and the restoration and improvement of livelihoods of the affected population.

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FINANCING PARTNERSHIP FACILITY

The urban operations of ADB benefits from the support of notable trust funds, which are collectively referred to as the Urban Financing Partnership Facility. Under this umbrella, strategic, long-term, multi-partner investments on innovative urban solutions are implemented. These investments help to achieve the vision of livable cities.

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MEET OUR PEOPLE

Bhuwneshwar Sah

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Despite a limited three-year secondment, this geographic information systems specialist has made a lasting mark in ADB with SPADE, the Spatial Data Analysis Explorer, which is expected to radically enhance not only urban projects but also other areas of ADB operations.

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Bhuwneshwar Sah

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July 2018 -Despite a limited three-year secondment, this geographic information systems specialist has made a lasting mark in ADB with SPADE, the Spatial Data Analysis Explorer, which is expected to radically enhance not only urban projects but also other areas of ADB operations.

In the conflux of space and time

Bhuwneshwar Sah

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July 2018 -Despite a limited three-year secondment, this geographic information systems specialist has made a lasting mark in ADB with SPADE, the Spatial Data Analysis Explorer, which is expected to radically enhance not only urban projects but also other areas of ADB operations.