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Strategy 2030: Responding to a Changing Asia and the Pacific

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Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

Strategy 2030 sets the course for ADB’s efforts to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s changing needs. 

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ADB's Strategy 2030: Responding to a Changing Asia and the Pacific

Building on 50 years of strong development partnerships, ADB will sustain its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and continue to work for an Asia and the Pacific that is prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.

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Building a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

ADB is forging even stronger links with its members, donors and development partners to build a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.

Operational Priorities

Strategy 2030 sets seven operational priorities, each having its own operational plan. The operational plans contribute to ADB’s vision to achieve prosperity, inclusion, resilience, and sustainability, and are closely aligned with Strategy 2030 principles and approaches.

Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities

Supports the Sustainable Development Goal agenda to tackle poverty and inequality and leave no one behind.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Human capital and social protection enhanced for all
  2. Quality jobs generated
  3. Access to opportunities increased for the most vulnerable

Accelerating progress in gender equality

Support for gender equality and women’s empowerment is also central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Women’s economic empowerment increased
  2. Gender equality in human development enhanced
  3. Gender equality in decision-making and leadership enhanced
  4. Women’s time poverty and drudgery reduced
  5. Women’s resilience to external shocks strengthened

Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability

Thirteen of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to or will be impacted by actions on climate change, climate and disaster resilience, and the environment.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Mitigation of climate change increased
  2. Climate and disaster resilience built
  3. Environmental sustainability enhanced

Making cities more livable

Cities in Asia and the Pacific have unprecedented opportunities to transform the well-being of their citizens and to catalyze economic development through increased urbanization by 2030.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Improve access, quality and reliability of services in urban areas
  2. Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities
  3. Improve urban environment, climate-resilience and disaster management of cities

Promoting rural development and food security

Although significant progress has been made in meeting food security, in Asia and the Pacific, hunger and malnutrition persist.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Rural development
  2. Agricultural value chains
  3. Food security

Strengthening governance and institutional capacity

Governance and institutional reforms are needed to sustain development momentum in the region and to ensure that the benefits of growth are equitably and widely shared.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Strengthened public management and financial stability
  2. Enhanced governance and institutional capacity for service delivery
  3. Strengthened country systems and standards

Fostering regional cooperation and integration

Operations are expected to enhance connectivity and competitiveness, promote regional public goods, strengthen cooperation in the finance sector, and strengthen subregional initiatives.

Strategic Operational Priorities
  1. Greater and higher quality connectivity between economies
  2. Global and regional trade and investment opportunities expanded
  3. Regional public goods increased and diversified

Operational Priority Contributions of Sector and Thematic Groups

To address operational priorities, ADB offers integrated solutions combining expertise across a range of sectors and themes. These solutions will be delivered through an appropriate mix of public and private sector operations that are best suited to the specific needs on the ground.


Operational Priority Commitments and Results Delivered in 2019

Source: Development Effectiveness Review Report 2019

The Development Effectiveness Review 2019 reports on ADB's progress in achieving its corporate strategy operational priorities using the indicators in the corporate results framework.

Contact our Planning and Results Management team for inquiries and feedback on reported data.