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Urban Development

ADB supports cities in Asia and the Pacific to become more livable.

  • Urban development challenges

    Asia-Pacific cities face challenges to provide adequate infrastructure and services to the growing population and, at the same time, can become the engines for economic growth.

  • Integrated solutions

    Cities need enhanced capacities of urban planning, municipal finance, technologies, and governance and private sector engagement to provide integrated solutions.

  • Infrastructure needs

    Cities need to build resilience to address the risks associated with disasters, climate change, environmental issues, and shocks and stresses like the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Urban populations at risk
    of climate change inputs

    In 2025, 300 million people will be affected by the impact of climate change.

  • Commitments supporting urban
    climate resilience

    In 2021, at least $200 million helped mitigate urban climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Urban projects supporting gender
    mainstreaming in cities

    80% of urban projects aim to support gender mainstreaming in the region.

Urban development

ADB’s Strategy 2030 identifies "Making Cities More Livable" as one of its seven operational priorities for achieving its vision of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.

By cutting across sectors and themes, ADB helps cities in the region to become more livable. ADB supports cities by improving urban infrastructure and services, and fostering inclusive, participatory and integrated planning. This approach spans the spatial, transport, economic, and natural capital sectors. ADB also promotes regional value chains and global production networks, along with strengthening municipal finance, governance, and citizen engagement. ADB supports cities to become resilient to not only disasters and climate change, but also to shocks and stresses such as pandemics.

Our Impact

Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.

0 million

People benefiting
from improved services in urban areas


Urban infrastructure assets
established or improved


Urban service providers with improved performance


ADB’s Urban Sector Work is overseen by the Urban Sector Group Committee composed of the respective management staff from the urban development divisions of ADB’s regional departments, as well as private sector operations.

Jingmin Huang
Jingmin Huang

Director, Pacific Department and Committee Chair

Manoj Sharma
Manoj Sharma

Chief of Urban Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Asif Cheema
Asif Cheema

Director, East Asia Department

Heeyoung Hong
Heeyoung Hong

Principal Urban Development Specialist (Finance), Central and West Asia Department

Norio Saito
Norio Saito

Director, South Asia Department

Srinivas Sampath
Srinivas Sampath

Director, Southeast Asia Department

Hisaka Kimura
Hisaka Kimura

Advisor, Private Sector Operations Department