The ADB-Asian Think Tanks Network (ATTN) is an informal group of think tanks actively engaged in research on sustainable growth and inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific region. ATTN consists of over 40 member institutions based in ADB’s member countries, with strong representation of state economic development policy research institutions.
Formed in October 2013, the network aims to: (i) enhance systematic knowledge sharing among member think tanks, specifically on development experiences and policy lessons; (ii) strengthen the think tank’s capacity to generate knowledge or provide policy advice on its domain; and (iii) raise the region’s voice in the international arena on issues related to economic growth and inclusive development.
The annual ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum serves as a platform for the ATTN members to exchange views, discuss research work, and share experiences on pressing development concerns. Since 2013, six forums have been held on dedicated topics such as (i) innovation and inclusion; (ii) financing sustainable urbanization; and (iii) technology and human capital development.
The ATTN benefits from the support of ADB technical assistance projects ─the Provision of Knowledge Products and Services to Developing Member Countries through Systematic Knowledge Sharing, funded by the People’s Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund (2013-2018); and the Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration Knowledge Partnerships and Research Network in Asia and the Pacific (2018-present). The member think tanks take turns in cohosting the annual forum with ADB.
ADB serves as network organizer and secretariat, through the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department.