New Book Examines 25 Years of ADBI Policy Support for Developing Asia, Road Ahead

ADBI News Release | 2 December 2022

Tokyo, Japan – A new book discusses the Asian Development Bank Institute’s (ADBI) policy support for developing Asia and the Pacific over the past quarter century and ways ADBI can leverage its emergence as a top global think tank moving forward.

Strategies for Developing Asia’s Future details the evolution of ADBI since its founding as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Tokyo-based think tank in 1997 and its efforts to provide the region’s governments and stakeholders with policy knowledge to effectively address sustainable development challenges and opportunities.

The book examines ADBI’s policy focuses and activities over various deanships. It highlights the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis’s role in prompting calls for financial and structural reform. It describes ADBI’s subsequent promotion of regional integration and cooperation, and infrastructure investment, as well as ADBI’s responses to the 2008–2009 global financial crisis, the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategies for Developing Asia’s Future also details the development of ADBI’s policy research, capacity building and training, and outreach and the institute’s collaboration with ADB and other knowledge partners. It concludes by discussing how ADBI can maintain its relevance to its stakeholders over the next 25 years.

The book was highlighted during the virtual ADBI 25th anniversary celebration.