In 2009, ADB interviewed senior and younger personnel, both past and present, on their struggles and triumphs in ADB, working for development in Asia and the Pacific, and ADB's evolution as an institution.
ADB: Reflections and Beyond captured their memories and experiences and provided a very personal and human perspective on dealing with challenges in the developing world. Interspersed with critical elements of ADB work—from project formulation to making tricky judgment calls—were also recollections of past and present colleagues, first days at ADB, friendships forged, and more.
A CD companion piece, Beyond: Stories and Sounds from ADB's Region, captured words of wisdom from the interviews and allied them to music created from recorded sounds from headquarters and the field in the form of podcasts. The tracks of Beyond: Stories and Sounds from ADB's Region are reproduced on this website too.
Sustainable development, as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987, is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
It embraces two key notions:
1. the concept of needs, in particular those of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given.
2. the idea of limits to the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.
The pursuit of sustainable development is a balancing act: it requires the implementation of policies, strategies, programs, and projects that treat environment and development as a single issue; it also demands changes in the mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors of stakeholders.
The Asian Development Bank promotes sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. Many milestones have marked the journey. This timeline* catalogs major sector and thematic landmarks in ADB’s operations since 1966.