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Year in Review 2019

Message from the Dean

In 2019, ADBI took important steps to enhance its role as a leading provider of evidence-based policy research and capacity building and training (CBT) for promoting a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.

In recognition of ADBI’s enhanced knowledge delivery and impact, it was named the world’s number one ranked government-affiliated think tank and 24th ranked worldwide think tank by the University of Pennsylvania’s 2019 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report. ADBI also continued to improve the gender diversity of its core staff.

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Research

Overview

ADBI hosted 41 research events convening an estimated 1,300 participants in 2019. It also published 14 open access books, 154 working papers, 22 journal articles, two journal special issues, and 28 blogs. Collectively, these initiatives helped promote timely, evidence-based policy innovation in Asia and the Pacific.

ADBI’s research work examined topics such as climate risk; demographic change, productivity, and the role of technology; economic integration; energy security; financial technology (fintech), financial inclusion, and financial literacy; small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) finance; and infrastructure finance.

The policy impacts of this research were significant. Examples include strengthening excessive household debt controls in India and Thailand; guiding Cambodia’s deposit insurance premium rate; enhancing land trust development in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Thailand; and supporting the establishment of a credit risk database by the central bank of the Philippines.

Research Themes and Major Studies

Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities

  • Fintech and Financial Inclusion
  • Human Capital Development for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity
  • Finance and Innovation in Asia
  • How Digital Innovation Can Increase Small Business Access to Finance in Asia and the Pacific

Tackling Climate Change, Building Climate and Disaster Resilience, and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability

  • Globalization, Environment, and Climate Change
  • Energy Insecurity and Finance for Climate Change
  • Water Insecurity and Sanitation in Asia
  • Finance for Climate Change
  • Ocean Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Management
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment: Opportunities and Risks for Asia
  • Climate Risk and Sovereign Risk in Southeast Asia

Making Cities More Livable

  • Infrastructure Development and Finance in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Countries
  • Land Management and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Evaluating the Spillover Effects of High-Speed Rail Using Quality of Life

Promoting Rural Development and Food Security

  • Leveraging SME Finance through Global Value Chains in Landlocked CAREC Countries

Strengthening Governance and Institutional Capacity

  • Fintech and Financial Stability

Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration

  • Globalization and Economic Stability

ADBI Research Books

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Capacity Building and Training

Overview

ADBI held 53 capacity building and training (CBT) events in 2019 to support policy development and sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific. They convened 1,538 participants, including about 1,000 officials from Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs). About 43% of all CBT event participants were female.

CBT events included policy dialogues, training workshops, and graduate courses, about a third of which were hosted at ADBI in Tokyo and two-thirds were held across Central and West Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. About 25% of CBT events were jointly organized with ADB and about 25% were co-organized with institutional partners.

The CBT department also published 5 edited books, 7 working papers, 4 policy briefs, 2 case studies, and blogs, as well as launched the new ADBI E-Learning platform in November 2019.

CBT Priority Themes and Select Major Events

Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality

Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities

Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration

Making Cities More Livable

Nurturing Young Scholars and Policy Makers from Developing Member Countries

  • ADBI–Hitotsubashi Course on Asian Economic Development and Integration
  • ADBI–University of Tokyo Course on Asian Economic Development and Integration

Strengthening Governance and Institutional Capacity

Tackling Climate Change, Building Climate and Disaster Resilience, and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability

Major Capacity Building and Training Publications

Books

Case Studies

Policy Briefs

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