Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2021



The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has pushed an estimated 75 to 80 million more people in developing Asia into poverty and is threatening progress in meeting critical targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), 

Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2021 provides key economic, financial, social, and environmental statistics, as well as select SDG indicators, about 49 countries in the region.

According to the report, about 203 million people or 5.2% of developing Asia’s population lived in extreme poverty as of 2017. Without COVID-19, that number would have declined to an estimated 2.6% in 2020. Developing Asia refers to ADB's 35 developing members.

The report says countries' progress toward SDG has stalled in areas such as hunger, health, and education, where earlier achievements across the region had been significant, albeit uneven.


Part I. Sustainable Development Goals
Part II. Region at a Glance
Part III. Global Value Chains
Part IV. Stories Behind the Data

Published August 2021
Source: Asian Development Bank

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