Toolkit Guide for Rapid Economic Assessment, Planning and Development Priorities for Investment Projects in Asian Cities

The development of a toolkit intended primarily for use by ADB staff, but also applicable to government officials, investors, developers, local community leaders and international development assistance agencies involved in activities designed to support city economic development.
Project narrative

The development of a toolkit intended primarily for use by ADB staff, but also applicable to government officials, investors, developers, local community leaders and international development assistance agencies involved in activities designed to support city economic development.

Description of key services provided

Prepared a toolkit to provide a framework and tools for conducting rapid assessments of city economies to prepare City Economic Development Plans (CEDP). Prepared an analytical framework which guides the reader through a series of steps for three analytical and assessment processes. These are designed to prepare economic profiles; evaluate future economic development options and pathways, and to prepare strategies, action plans, and prioritise all investment activities in support of city economic development. The steps in each process are linked to tools which assist the user to prepare a CEDP and related plans. Many of tools refer to websites where more detailed manuals, guidelines, references, case studies and video presentations for conducting planning, development and assessment studies on local economic development can be found. The toolkit includes new qualitative assessment tools developed specifically for use in developing countries. The toolkit is not limited to studies of cities: it can be adapted easily to support studies involving the development of rural and regional economies.