Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. The Bank maximizes the development impact of its assistance by facilitating policy dialogues, providing advisory services, and mobilizing financial resources through co-financing operations that tap official, commercial, and export credit sources.
More than half of both the world’s total population and the world’s urban population now live in Asia and the Pacific. Asia's rapidly developing cities face inadequate basic services, environmental degradation, and increasing poverty. ADB’s vision is to transform the archetypical chaotic, polluted, inequitable cities of Asia and the Pacific into competitive, equitable, environmentally sustainable, and climate resilient urban centers—in short, livable cities. To realize this operational priority, ADB has prepared the Livable Cities Operational Plan. This plan will help ADB and cities in developing member countries adopt a holistic approach to achieve livable cities with the following strategic 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.
- 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.
- Improve urban environments, climate resilience, and disaster management through, for example, enhancing resources and building capacity.
As an UrbanShift implementing agency, ADB supports local interventions in India.