At the forefront of growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

ADBI: Year in Review 2015

Message from the Dean

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) was ranked second among the world’s government-affiliated think tanks in 2015 by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. I commend our staff members for their excellent work and their dedication to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

ADBI stays relevant by responding to the policy needs of our developing member countries.

ADBI works to do the following:

  • Share knowledge. In 2015, we published 46 working papers, 16 books, and 4 policy briefs, and contributed 10 chapters to various books and 11 articles to refereed journals. We held over 40 events attended by 936 government officials and businesspeople. Through research and training, ADBI strives to accomplish its goals.
  • Minimize income inequality in Asia by promoting continuous and sustainable growth.
  • Increase bankable projects in infrastructure.
  • Increase local government revenue by establishing proper allocation of expenses and revenue between central and local governments.
  • Bring finance to poor, remote areas and small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Promote financial education.
  • Protect the environment.

2015 was a good year for ADBI. We will strive to ensure that ADBI remains at the forefront of growth and development in Asia and the Pacific in 2016.

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Capacity Building and Training


The Capacity Building and Training (CBT) Department had a very successful year in 2015. The sectoral range and geographic reach of activities was expanded and addressed ADBI’s priority themes through policy dialogue events and training workshops. These events—41 in total—were organized in Tokyo and in all five regions of Asia and the Pacific.

A new series of Policy Briefs was initiated which was designed to disseminate widely the policy issues discussed at CBT events and to reach out to policy makers across Asia.

Key Events:

Key Publication

Policy Briefs

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The Research Department continued its rigorous activities in ADBI’s major initiatives and also initiated high-profile research studies on new research topics in 2015. The objective of the research activities is to cover emerging development issues that crosscut the areas of inclusive and sustainable growth, regional cooperation and integration, and governance for policies and institutions. In collaboration with the CBT Department, the outputs of major studies will be published in various accessible formats and will also form the basis of future capacity building and training activities at ADBI.

Selected Highlights of Major Research Activities

Selected Key Publications

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