The ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network is an informal group of Asian think tanks—mainly economic development academic research institutions and organizations in Asia—working on the areas of sustainable economic growth and inclusive development. Organized in October 2013 during the 1st ADB–Asian Think Tank Development Forum, the network aims to

  • enhance systematic knowledge sharing among member think tanks, specifically on development experiences and policy lessons
  • strengthen the think tank’s capacity to generate knowledge or provide policy advice on its domain
  • raise the region’s voice in the international arena on issues related to economic growth and inclusive development

Currently, the network has 47 member think tanks coming from 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

ADB supports the network through a small technical assistance, RETA 8392 on the Provision of Knowledge Products and Services to Developing Member Countries through Systematic Knowledge Sharing. This project, funded by the People’s Republic of China’s Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund, promotes efficient and effective harvesting of knowledge from ADB’s operations and meaningful exchange of knowledge among economic development think tanks, which play a crucial role in policy development.

ADB serves as network organizer and secretariat. The focal persons are as follows:

Juzhong Zhuang
Deputy Chief Economist
Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department

Dongxiang Li
Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department

Aleli Rosario
Senior Economics Officer
Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department

Marlene Tablante
Knowledge Sharing and Services Consultant,
Knowledge Sharing and Services Center