At the forefront of growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

About ADBI

ADBI was ranked the second best government-affiliated think tank in the world in January 2015 in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published by the University of Pennsylvania. ADBI’s activities respond to important and timely policy issues based on the needs of developing member countries.

ADBI provides intellectual input for policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs). It does so by conducting research with a focus on medium- to long-term development issues of strategic importance that affects the region and through capacity building and training (CBT) activities that contribute to ADB’s overarching objective of poverty reduction.

The objectives of ADBI are to identify effective development strategies and improve the capacity for sound development of the agencies and organizations engaged in development work in ADB’s DMCs. ADBI focuses its activities on areas where it has a strategic advantage, such as the analysis of emerging policy issues from regional as well as medium- to long-term perspectives, and the facilitation of policy dialogue among senior DMC policy makers. ADBI also seeks to enhance its visibility, impact, and accessibility through high-quality knowledge products and services. It strives to be a trusted source of insight, knowledge, and information to which policy makers, academics, and others interested in Asia’s development issues turn for guidance.

Key Facts

Dean Naoyuki Yoshino
Office Tokyo, Japan
Founded 1997
  • Research
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Administration, Management, and Coordination
Personnel 51, representing 15 nationalities
Budget $15.854 million

Official holidays

ADBI will be closed for these official holidays in 2016:

Friday, 1 January New Year's Day
Monday, 11 January Coming-of-Age Day
Thursday, 11 February National Foundation Day
Monday, 21 March Spring Equinox
Friday, 29 April Showa Day
Tuesday, 3 May Constitution Memorial Day
Wednesday, 4 May Greenery Day
Thursday, 5 May Children's Day
Monday, 18 July Sea Day
Thursday, 11 August Mountain Day
Monday, 19 September Respect for the Aged Day
Thursday, 22 September Autumn Equinox
Monday, 10 October Sports Day
Thursday, 3 November Culture Day
Wednesday, 23 November Labor Thanksgiving Day
Friday, 23 December Emperor's Birthday