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Year in Review 2018

Message from the Dean

In 2018, ADBI further strengthened its position as a leading provider of innovative, evidence-based policy research and capacity building and training (CBT) aimed at promoting greater poverty reduction and sustainable growth across Asia and the Pacific.

The Institute’s progress was reaffirmed by the 2018 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report published by the University of Pennsylvania. Notably, ADBI was named the world’s second-ranked government-affiliated think tank for a fifth straight year. It also rose one position to move into the report’s top 25 worldwide think tank ranking for the first time.

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Research

Overview

ADBI held 50 research events with some 1,600 participants in 2018, as well as produced 10 research books and over 100 working papers, to promote policy innovation across Asia and the Pacific. Areas of focus ranged from addressing remaining poverty and economic inequality, to livable cities, to climate change mitigation.

The policy impact of ADBI research was significant, including guiding deposit insurance system establishment in Cambodia, efforts to confront household debt overhang in Thailand, IT infrastructure growth in India, and land trust development in Bangladesh.

Research Themes and Major Studies

Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities

  • Drivers of Labor Income Share in Asia
  • 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
  • Water Insecurity and Sanitation in Asia
  • Finance for Climate Change

Making Cities More Livable

  • Measuring Spatiotemporal Spillover Effects of Infrastructure Development in Asia
  • Infrastructure Development and Finance in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Countries

Promoting Rural Development and Food Security

  • Services-Led Development
  • Leveraging SME Finance through Global Value Chains (GVCs) 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 hosted 59 capacity building and training (CBT) events in 2018 to support policy development for advancing poverty reduction and sustainable growth. They convened 1,926 participants, including 875 officials from Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs).

CBT events included 31 course-based training programs, 25 policy dialogues, 2 graduate-level courses administered with Japanese universities, and e-learning. They provided wide regional coverage across Central and West Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

CBT Priority Themes and Select Major Events

Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities

Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality

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

Making Cities More Livable

Promoting Rural Development and Food Security

Strengthening Governance and Institutional Capacity

Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration

Major Capacity Building and Training Publications

Book

Policy Briefs

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