Improve coverage, quality, efficiency, and reliability of services in urban areas

  1. Improve performance of urban and social service providers

    • Build urban institutions to improve cities livability

    • Foster integrated city development

    • Combine policy reforms, capacity development, institutional strengthening and knowledge management

    • Develop Pilots and leapfrog to latest technologies

    • Prepare and implement smart city plans

    • Enhance city competitiveness and productivity

    • Support localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

  2. Improve provision of urban infrastructure and services

    • Support infrastructure and services in urban areas

    • Scale up the use of proven digital technologies

    • Ensure water security and adequate waste management

    • Provide energy security

    • Promote public mass transport

    • Support pro-poor inclusive cities with social services, and safe and healthy urban environments

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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