How to Jumpstart the Cities that Drive Asian Economic Growth

An overlooking view of the Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam at night. Photo credit: ADB.
An overlooking view of the Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam at night. Photo credit: ADB.

Governments need the right mix of policies and projects to reap the benefits of urban growth.


By 2030, urban dwellers will make up majority of the world’s population. Urbanization can open more economic opportunities, particularly in Asia, helping governments pull the vulnerable out of poverty. However, many countries in the region are finding it hard to cope with rising demand for basic services and infrastructure in fast-expanding urban areas.

At the 2016 Asian Bank-Asian Think Tank Development Forum, Michael Lindfield, director of Urban Infrastructure Services, Ltd., discussed the challenges for sustainable urban development in Asia and possible solutions for cities to become green, inclusive, and resilient.

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  • Michael Lindfield   
    Director, Urban Infrastructure Services, Ltd.

    Michael Lindfield has over 30 years of experience in international sustainable urban development. He previously served as chair of the Asian Development Bank's Urban Community of Practice and program manager of the Cities Development Initiative for Asia. He holds a doctorate in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

   Environment, Governance and public sector management, Urban development
   Last updated: February 2017



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