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Annual Program 2017

(April - June 2017, Tokyo, Japan)

Discussions and activities in the Asia Leadership Program 2017 will enable participants to incorporate insights and learnings to help lead in policy dialogues and development, maximize financing mechanisms, and apply relevant technologies and innovations in their respective cities. 


Climate resilient, sustainable and inclusive urban development

Pre-event Activities (19 April–19 June 2017) – e-courses and webinars provide participants shared knowledge and understanding on key areas prior to attending the face-to-face event

Face-to-face Event (27–30 June 2017 in Tokyo, Japan) – case studies, field visits, interactions with peers from other countries and leading experts allow participants to refine their work plans

Post-event Activities (1 July 2017 and onwards) – sharing of insights, learning and reflections through online discussions and webinars on topics not discussed in detail during the face-to-face event 



Asia Leadership Program 2017 is offered by invitation only to participants at director-level or above, municipal urban development specialists in ADB's client countries, and those involved in the planning and development of urban projects. They bring expertise in the areas of environment, climate change and disaster risk management, energy, transport, water in the context of urban development. 


Learning Objectives

Participants are expected to:

  • Describe key policy challenges in achieving climate resilient, sustainable and inclusive urban development
  • Discuss the concept of ‘livable cities, green cities, smart cities, etc.’ through a set of indexes that are based on multi-sector/thematic measures
  • Identify tools useful in achieving leadership competencies (strategic leadership, collaborative problem-solving, collaborative implementation for resource sharing, conflict resolution and negotiation, and public relations and communications) needed for reforms
  • Find out the latest technologies and innovations that contribute to energy efficiency, water resources management, efficient public transportation, urban housing, etc.
  • Identify appropriate financing mechanisms and opportunities for networking 
  • List action items to capture what has been learned and how these can help introduce changes to their projects      


Learning Outputs

Participants receive certificates of completion upon completion of the following: 

  • Case stories to help share participants' experiences on the different focus areas of the Program as applied to the projects they are involved in 
  • Work plans to indicate action items and ways to apply what the participants have learned before, during and after the face-to-face event 
  • Short video blogs to capture participants' feedback for further sharing or reuse 


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