ADBI provides intellectual input for policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs). It does so by conducting research with a focus on medium- to long-term development issues of strategic importance that affects the region and through capacity building and training (CBT) activities that contribute to ADB’s overarching objective of poverty reduction.
The objectives of ADBI are to identify effective development strategies and improve the capacity for sound development of the agencies and organizations engaged in development work in ADB’s DMCs. ADBI focuses its activities on areas where it has a strategic advantage, such as the analysis of emerging policy issues from regional as well as medium- to long-term perspectives, and the facilitation of policy dialogue among senior DMC policy makers. ADBI also seeks to enhance its visibility, impact, and accessibility through high-quality knowledge products and services. It strives to be a trusted source of insight, knowledge, and information to which policy makers, academics, and others interested in Asia’s development issues turn for guidance.
ADBI was ranked the best regional studies center, second best government-affiliated think tank, and seventh best for international development in the University of Pennsylvania's latest rankings of the world's leading think tanks. The annual Global Go To Think Tank Index uses nominations from 1,500 think tanks and experts to identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence worldwide.
ADBI conducts high-level research on issues with strategic implications for development thinking and policy making in Asia and the Pacific.
Research activities include hosting presentations by distinguished experts, organizing regional and international seminars and conferences to contribute to the development policy debate, and publishing books and papers that help to identify effective development strategies and improve the capacity for sound development in the region.
Selected topics are based on ADB’s priority sectors and themes, an annual needs survey, and inputs from regional policy makers and partners.
Main Research areas are:
Environment and sustainability
Trade and regional economic cooperation
Inequality, education, housing and social policy
Digital economy, information technology