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

ADBI News Release | 3 June 2022

Tokyo, Japan – On the occasion of the Asian Development Bank Institute’s (ADBI) 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 regional and global think tanks.

Essay Length: 600-800 words

Prizes:

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Eligibility:

Entrants must be 32 years old or below and from an Asian Development Bank (ADB) member economy

Submission Deadline: 11 July 2022
Winners’ Ceremony: 27 July 2022

What We’re Looking For:

Essay submissions should address a socioeconomic challenge that will significantly impact prosperity and well-being in Asia and the Pacific over the next decade and should be prioritized by regional and global think tanks. Authors should focus on one of the following themes:

  • Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequality
  • Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality
  • Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration
  • Making Cities More Livable
  • Promoting Rural Development and Food Security
  • Strengthening Governance and Institutional Capacity
  • Tackling Climate Change, Building Climate and Disaster Resilience, and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability

See more details about the above themes.

Submission Procedure:

  • Interested authors should submit their 600-800-word essay in English via this link no later than 11 July
  • Essay submissions should include a title, author name and affiliation, and contact information
  • Authors must be 32 years old or below and from an ADB member economy

Arrangements for Selected Essays

The three best essays will be selected by ADBI staff. The authors will be notified by 15 July 2022.

The first-place winner will receive a prize of $500. The second- and third-place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively.

Authors of the top three essays will also be invited to make a presentation during the virtual ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration on 27 July 2022.

The top three essays will be published by ADBI. Other essays may also be selected by ADBI for publication on a rolling basis. Authors of selected essays will be contacted prior to publication.