Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities

  1. Improve regulatory, legal, and institutional environment for more inclusive planning

    • Improve regulatory, legal, and institutional environment for more inclusive planning

    • Support localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

    • Use differentiated approaches for different categories of cities

  2. Implement reforms and policies for improved financial sustainability of cities

    • Mobilize funding for urban infrastructure and services

    • Support cities to maximize their internal financial resources

    • Promote land-based financing

    • Develop innovative external sources of funding

    • Support utilities and service providers to develop public-private partnerships

    • Support urban governance improvement of utilities

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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