Asia and the Pacific is facing challenges arising from the accelerated pace of regional integration. A vital component of addressing these and other challenges is the ongoing expansion of a network of partner organizations and institutions. ADBI is forging partnerships throughout the region to foster the creation and dissemination of development knowledge, develop and implement training programs, and build capacity and expertise at the local level. To foster networking, ADBI has active partnerships with various regional and international organizations.
Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is a key concept and process for the equitable and sustainable use of water resources. It needs partnerships for actions. These partnerships need support through knowledge sharing and capacity building.
The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) was established to share knowledge and build capacity for IWRM in river basins throughout Asia. ADBI, ADB, and the Japan Water Agency are the founding sponsors.
NARBO's main objectives are to
- enhance the capacity in integrated water resource management
- ensure the equitable and sustainable use of water resources among various stakeholders
- enhance the capacity of river basin organizations, policy makers, and line departments in integrated water resource management
- exchange information, knowledge, and lessons learned in managing water resources and in conflict resolution
ADB is managing a portal web site on water that links to NARBO's charter, constitutional body, action plans, technical presentations, and members list. Materials from all conferences and meetings can be reviewed there.
From ADBI's site you can view our publications on water and our events:
- Publication: NARBO: A Decade of Achievements (2004-2014) - Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management and Improving Water Governance
- Event: The NARBO 10 Year Special Meeting and High Level Panel Workshop, 19-20 November 2014
- Event: The 9th Integrated Water Resources Management Training: Building on IWRM Good Practices - The Laguna Lake River Basin Experience, 12-19 May 2014
- Event: The 8th Integrated Water Resources Management Training: Enhanced Water Security Through IWRM – Mahaweli Experience, 27 November to 4 December 2013
- Event: 7th NARBO IWRM Training - Solutions to Water Sector Issues through IWRM: the Mahaweli River Basin Experience, 2-9 November 2012
Responding to a growing need to diversify and consolidate the exchange between economists and practitioners from Asia and Europe, six leading think tanks from both regions established the Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) in 2006.
The six think tanks are:
- Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
- Bertelsmann Stiftung
- Centre d'Etudes Prospectives at d'Information Internationale (CEPII)
- Center for East Asian Studies at Korea University
- Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
AEEF is held once or twice a year and serves as a high-level forum for Asian and European policy experts to participate in detailed discussions and knowledge exchange on global issues of mutual interest.
The 11th AEEF was held in Tokyo in December 2014.
The 12th AEEF will be held in Paris in the fall of 2015.
ADBI has partnered with eight research institutes in Asia and the Pacific to establish the Research Centres Networking Group (RCNG).
The partnership includes:
- Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
- Arndt Corden Department of Economics, Australian National University
- College of Economics, Zhejiang University
- Economic Growth Centre, Nanyang Technological University
- Global Research Institute, Korea University
- Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
- Hanyang Economic Research Institute, Hanyang University
- Institute of Economic Research, Keio University
- Institute of Chinese Economies, Waseda University
RCNG coordinates a visiting researcher program with the member institutes and manages joint workshops to increase research synergies for eminent scholars and young researchers in the Asia and Pacific region.
A professional association has been launched–the Latin America/Caribbean and Asia/Pacific Economics and Business Association (LAEBA)–to encourage comparative research on the business economics of the regions and enable researchers to exchange ideas, discuss current research, and cooperate with policymakers and the private sector.
On 17 March 2001, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and ADB signed a partnership agreement which has subsequently been extended. The initiatives and activities under the agreement are designed to provide a practical way of sharing information and exchanging expertise, as well as building a long-term strategic relationship between the two institutions.
- LAEBA 2008 Conference: Trade Costs and Regional Cooperation, Lima, Peru, June 2008
- ADBI-IADB LAEBA Seminar on Innovating and Increasing Venture Capital and Venture Business, Tokyo, November 2007
- Infrastructure Seminar - LAEBA, Tokyo, November 2006
- 3rd Annual Conference: Regional Integration & Regional Cooperation in Asia & Latin America: The Role of Regional Infrastructure, Seoul, November 2006
- Papers from the LAEBA conference "Competing in the 21st Century: Revisiting the Role of Government in Latin America and Asia held in Argentina in November 2005.
- Papers from the LAEBA conference "The Emergence of the People's Republic of China: Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America and Asia" held in the PRC, December 2004.
- Papers from the LAEBA conference in Tokyo, September 2003.
The Global Development Learning Network is a growing partnership of more than 60 learning centers and public, private, and non-governmental organizations around the world using distance learning technologies and methods to enable interactive, cost-effective learning and knowledge-sharing for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Through GDLN, individuals, groups, and organizations design and deliver courses, seminars, and other activities that cover the full range of development issues.
ADBI works closely with the network through the state-of-the-art Tokyo Development Learning Center to explore and develop ways in which technology and distance learning initiatives can maximize the dissemination of development knowledge to developing member countries and beyond.
Our first activity was a Microfinance Pilot Training Program in February 2005. The program used simultaneously three key e-learning technologies: CD-ROMs, web-based support and extension, and the GDLN. It reached over 100 regular participants in 7 countries, certified 10 local instructors, and received the highest rating among GDLN courses.
Based on this success, e-learning courses have been organized annually ever since.