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About Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

In 2022, ADBI is observing the 25th anniversary of its founding as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Tokyo-based think tank under the theme Toward Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development in Asia and the Pacific. ADBI is focused on delivering demand-driven policy research, capacity building and training, and outreach to help ADB developing member countries practically address sustainability challenges and accelerating socioeconomic change. We seek to advance timely, innovative evidence-based solutions critical to development breakthroughs that can improve growth and prosperity in the region today, over the next 25 years, and beyond.

Key Facts

Dean Tetsushi Sonobe
Office Tokyo, Japan
Founded 1997
Personnel 66, representing 17 nationalities (As of 15 September 2021)
Budget $16.2 million (2022)

ADBI at 25: Featured Activities

  • ADBI Announces 25th Anniversary Essay Contest Winners

    Daisy Singh of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has been named the top winner of ADBI’s 25th anniversary essay contest for her piece on sustainable urban development in India. Shujie Liang of the University of Sydney was named the second-place winner for her essay on water sustainability while Hazwan Haini of Universiti Brunei Darussalam earned third place honors for his work on the role of public-private partnerships, education, and digitalization in narrowing income inequality. The winners were selected from 141 entries by authors 32 years old or under.

  • Essay Contest: ADBI Seeks Views on Priorities for Shaping Asia’s Future Sustainable Development

    On the occasion of ADBI’s 25th anniversary, ADBI has launched an essay contest seeking the views of young professionals and scholars on socioeconomic challenges that will significantly impact prosperity and well-being in Asia and the Pacific over the next decade and should be prioritized by think tanks. The top 3 winners will receive a prize of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. They will also be invited to make a presentation during the ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration. See more details

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