Building Development Capacities in Asia and the Pacific: Good Practices and Ways Forward for ADBI’s Capacity Building Programs
Since its establishment in 1997, the Asian Development Bank Institute has led innovative research and capacity building in the Asia and Pacific region.
As the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ADBI is mandated to identify effective development strategies and support the development of ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs). The objectives of ADBI’s capacity building and training (CBT) activities are (i) to enhance government officials’ awareness and understanding of development policy issues and the challenges DMCs face; (ii) to provide policy ideas; (iii) to share effective practices and country experiences; (iv) to provide forums for dialogue and information sharing; (vi) to build consensus on priority issues; and (vii) to create a strong professional ADBI alumni network.
- Innovative and participatory approaches to capacity building can result in richer engagement and learning outcomes.
- Localizing capacity building activities across the region means more accessible, responsive, and cost-effective programming.
- Developing flagship annual activities enables the building of lasting credibility and reputation. These activities have become opportunities to improve the capacity building program as they allow for benchmarking, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Deepening the sectoral focus of capacity building programs, as well as broadening the participant pool, has led to more targeted implementation among key stakeholders.