Empowering ADB-Hosted Communities of Practice

Publication | November 2011

After a relatively slow start, ADB-hosted communities of practice have taken off to become the heart and soul of knowledge generation and sharing in the bank. A big boost came from the Knowledge Management Action Plan, 2009-2011.


  • Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.
  • Officially introduced in 2002 after a bank-wide reorganization, ADB-hosted CoPs were empowered under the Action Plan for Knowledge Management, 2009–2011.
  • Interventions ranging from budget increases to integration in ADB operations have helped affirm CoPs as the heart and soul of knowledge generation and sharing in ADB.