Program duration

17 August 2020 to 11 September 2020


Developing Asia and the Pacific will require nearly $1.7 trillion in infrastructure investment annually through 2030 to sustain its growth, eradicate poverty, and respond to climate change, but currently falls well short of this funding target. Deploying effective public policy solutions that accelerate private investment is vital to meeting the region’s soaring infrastructure needs.

Led by ADBI and renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University’s Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), this four-week online course-based training program addressed challenges faced by public sector leaders as they foster economic growth through infrastructure development in politically charged environments.

The program featured case studies, group exercises, and case writing on providing public goods, bypassing bureaucratic obstacles, facilitating investment, and the state as an economic catalyst. It was conducted on Zoom every Monday through Wednesday for three hours.

  • Help participants develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills essential to designing and implementing policy reforms that facilitate private investment in infrastructure projects
  • Provide lessons that empower participants to advance infrastructure investment-friendly reforms under unfavorable economic, financial, political, and cultural conditions
  • Policy makers from across Asia and the Pacific involved in infrastructure development
  • Asian Development Bank professional staff and national officers
  • Graduate students from relevant programs at Japanese universities
  • Enhanced capacity of policy makers and experts to deploy policies and procurement practices that facilitate private investment in infrastructure projects
  • Publication of case studies on effective infrastructure investment and development policies
  • Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Leadership Academy for Development, Stanford University

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