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Year in Review 2017: Message from the Dean

At the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), we applaud the many achievements of staff during 2017.

In January 2018, the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published by the University of Pennsylvania, ranked ADBI the second-best government-affiliated think tank and the second-best regional-studies center in the world.

Working with ADB departments and with partners such as government agencies, universities, regional organizations, and international organizations, ADBI conducted 63 research events and 51 capacity-building and training activities.

ADBI continued to serve as the secretariat for the annual Asia Think Tank Summit series. With the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, ADBI organized the Global Think Tank Summit in Yokohama in May.

Together with ADB, the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office, and regional think tanks and universities, ADBI gathered well-known scholars and experts on the international financial system for the conference, 20 Years after the Asian Financial Crisis, to discuss lessons from the Asian financial crisis, the progress of market and institutional reforms since the crisis, and current preparedness to deal with potential future crises.

At ADBI’s annual conference in Tokyo, results of selected research on managing private and local government debt were shared with policy makers, the public, and media. Case studies from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand were presented. About 100 participants, including leading scholars and experts from well-known research institutions, think thanks, and universities in Asia and Europe, participated.

ADBI produced 8 books, 170 working papers, and 5 policy briefs.

In 2017, ADBI also launched ADBIPress, its scholarly publishing arm, and introduced its podcast, Asia’s Developing Future, which shortens and simplifies ADBI’s work for those without an economics background.

ADBI is working on demand-driven research and capacity-building activities relating to topics such as desired deposit insurance premium rates (Cambodia); SME data analysis using big data (Thailand, Philippines, and Central Asia); infrastructure finance (India and the Pacific Islands); hometown crowdfunding for financing start-up businesses (Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Mongolia); central–local government relations (the People’s Republic of China and Thailand); and economic effects of natural disasters (Sri Lanka and Indonesia). ADBI will continue conducting relevant research in the Asia and Pacific region.

I commend the dedication of ADBI staff, research associates, consultants, and contributors who have shared their knowledge, talents, resources, and time to make these accomplishments possible.