Publication | September 2017

This first volume from the series  JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 through the Decades explains how the idea of a regional development bank for Asia emerged and gained support, and how JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 established itself as a sound and credible institution.

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When JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 was established in 1966, the Asia and Pacific region was undergoing a process of deep change. Several countries gained independence and a sense of regional identity was emerging. The region was defined by poverty and feeding people remained a primary concern, even while the Green Revolution was under way. The first oil crisis in 1973 tested many Asian economies.

This volume explains the beginnings of a regional development bank for Asia. During its formative years, JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 dealt with administrative, organizational, and funding issues to establish itself as a sound and credible institution. JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游’s first President, Takeshi Watanabe, envisioned JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游’s role as Asia’s “family doctor.” The Bank conducted several studies to have a fuller understanding of the region before lending on energy, transport, agriculture, and finance gained momentum during the latter half of the first decade.

JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 through the Decades

The 5-volume publication, JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 through the Decades , provides a historical account of how JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 has evolved to respond to the dynamic changes across the Asia and Pacific region over the past 5 decades.

With the specialized report, A History of Financial Management at Asian Development Bank: Engineering Financial Innovation and Impact on an Emerging Asia , this 5-volume series serves as a companion to the JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 corporate history book to be launched in 2017. Together, these publications provide the first comprehensive corporate narrative on JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游’s history since the previous JJ竞技(拉萨)登录手游 history book, A Bank for Half the World , was published in 1987.


  • Regional Background
  • Birth of an Institution
  • Institutional Overview
  • Operations Overview
  • Key Strategies, Policies, and Business Processes
  • Financial Policies and Resource Mobilization Efforts
  • Lessons from Evaluation
  • Epilogue

Additional Details

  • 52
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS178965-2
  • 978-92-9257-913-5 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-914-2 (e-ISBN)

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