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ADB—Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2014


20–21 November 2014

About the forum

The ADB—Asian Think Tanks Network, during its establishment on 31 October 2013, decided to organize an annual forum to

  • Enable its members to promote research networking; the members can present their research projects and glean insights from their fellow think tanks.
  • Pursue greater commitment among members toward sustaining the ADB—Asian Think Tanks Network.

The 2014 Forum was held on 20-21 November 2014 in Seoul, Korea. The Korea Development Institute served as ADB’s co-host.


Senior level officials/staff of 40 think tanks from 26 member countries of ADB participated in the second forum. The forum welcomed the new member think tanks from Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia and Japan.


The forum has two publications. One is the second issue of the ADB-Asian Think Tanks Network eNewsletter, which captures the snapshots of the forum discussion. Another publication is the forum proceedings which provides the highlights of the entire forum.


“Promoting Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia” was the theme of the 2014 Forum.

The forum focused on two development issues that are of high significance to developing Asia: innovation and inclusion. Participating think tanks discussed regional economic integration, tackling the threats and opportunities presented by the various trading blocs on the developing countries, and related topics.

In February 2014, ADB’s Call for Papers resulted in the selection and preparation of 16 Research Papers for presentation at the forum.

The two-day forum had four major sessions delving on the various facets of innovation and inclusion. The forum had both plenary and parallel sessions to provide more time for discussion and sharing of knowledge/experiences among the participating think tanks. The four major sessions were organized, as follows: