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ADB’s social development and urban groups conclude disability inclusion workshop

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Social Development Thematic Group and Urban Sector Group held a Disability Inclusion workshop last 8-9 and 10 December. More than 140 participants from ADB and external institutions involved in projects that aim to make cities more livable attended the virtual event. Download materials and read the snapshot

ADB throws support to the 9th Asia Smart City Conference

A series of pre-event sessions were held on 14-18 December to drum up interest for the upcoming Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC). The pre-event sessions also provided a venue to discover new business opportunities for private companies located in Yokohama, allowing them to promote their technologies for cities in emerging economies. The main event will be held on 18 January 2021. ADB’s Urban Sector Group is helping organize some of the sessions at the main conference. Learn more



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


$123 million ADB loan to help build elevated walkways in Manila

ADB has approved a $123 million loan to help the Philippines build safe, wide, well-lit, and disaster-resilient elevated walkways for pedestrians along Manila’s most congested thoroughfare, the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Read article

ADB project to improve primary health care in India

ADB has approved a $300 million loan to strengthen and improve access to comprehensive primary health care in urban areas in India. Read article

Gotong royong: Unity and resilience in Makassar’s informal settlements amid a pandemic

The Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program has been harnessing gotong royong to improve human and environmental health through improved water and wastewater management. Their spirit of mutual cooperation, called “gotong royong”, reflects unity and contributes to attaining community resilience. Read article


Healthy and Age-Friendly Cities in the People's Republic of China: Proposal for Health Impact Assessment and Healthy and Age-Friendly City Action and Management Planning

This report discusses framework for a four-generation urban society in the People’s Republic of China to create positive health outcomes and improve urban livability, services, and public spaces for the elderly. Download publication


Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities


ADB, India sign facility to support preparation of infrastructure projects in Tripura

ADB and the Government of India signed a $4.21 million project readiness financing facility for the preparation of infrastructure development projects to improve urban amenities and develop tourism infrastructure in the northeastern state of Tripura. Read article


Waste to Energy in the Age of the Circular Economy: Best Practice Handbook

It is expected that the amount of waste being generated will continue to increase due to economic development, population growth, and degree of urbanization. This handbook features best practices for integrating waste to energy and related technologies into the operations of various industries in developing Asia. Download publication


Improve urban environment, climate resilience, and disaster management of cities


ADB grant to support urban service delivery, climate and disaster resilience in Vanuatu

ADB has approved a $9.6 million grant for Vanuatu to boost urban resilience in the Greater Port Vila area. The grant comes from ADB’s Asian Development Fund and will support capacity building, institutional strengthening, and the construction of two multipurpose emergency shelters. Read article

How small to middle-sized cities can lead the way to low carbon mobility for all

Secondary cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have an opportunity to avoid gridlocked growth patterns and to integrate sustainable energy and transport solutions. Read article

Keeping it local: Engaging communities in climate resilience projects in Yangon

Building community resilience to the impacts of climate change is essential in ensuring that vulnerable cities can thrive and survive, but involving the community in the process is equally critical. Read article


Nordic Development Fund extends grant of $8.8 million to African Water Facility for COVID-19 Recovery in the Sahel and Horn of Africa regions
African Development Bank

The Board of Directors of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) approved $8.8 million in grant funding to the  African Water Facility to bolster investments in COVID-19 recovery and preparation for investment of water supply, sanitation, and integrated water resources management projects in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

AIIB joins MDBs to launch the first joint report on financing the sustainable development goals
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) joined a group of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in launching a first-ever joint report on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

EIB Group backs € 12.5 billion COVID-19 support, business, clean energy transport and urban investment
European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors approved new financing totaling EUR 12.5 billion to support companies impacted by COVID-19, alongside accelerating renewable energy, sustainable transport, and urban investment across Europe and around the world.

Madagascar: $50 million additional financing for an integrated urban development and resilience project in Greater Antananarivo
The World Bank

The World Bank Board of Directors approved a $50 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) in support of the Integrated Urban Development and Resilience Project for Greater Antananarivo.

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