ASEAN Policy Network

Amid increasing demand for knowledge from developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia, ADB's ASEAN Policy Network facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration within and between its operational and central knowledge departments and seeks to build relationships with academes, think tanks, research institutions, and other partners.


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Supporting Knowledge Sharing

The ASEAN Policy Network is an initiative of ADB's Southeast Asia Department (SERD). The network consists of economists from SERD as well as staff from other ADB knowledge departments.

Members work together to produce knowledge products to help governments in the region come up with policies to support economic growth and address pressing development challenges.

The network also hosts and co-hosts webinars.

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LEAP features topics to strengthen the economic and policy analysis skills of SERD staff in preparing research and project documents. It aims to encourage participants to discuss the latest developments in the region and share country experiences and perspectives.

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SPOT features conversations on new ideas and development beyond office walls. It aims to inspire people to explore issues outside their normal area of work. It encourages active interaction and debate among the participants with their varied perspectives and approaches.


Fintech and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Priorities for Asia

This book examines the role of the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for the accelerated adoption, use, and trust of digital technology in the financial sector, and the impact of fintech firms in supporting households and businesses during the pandemic.

Supporting Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia

This report proposes reforms in five key sectors to support the region's COVID-19 economic recovery and drive sustainable, broad-based growth.

Southeast Asia Rising from the Pandemic

This publication examines how eight Southeast Asian countries dealt with the pandemic.


Schoolkids access a smartphone while waiting for classes to start in Thailand.

Raising the quality of universities and higher education institutions and addressing inclusion and digital divide among issues the region needs to address to accelerate digital transition.

Students of the Laguna State Polytechnic University, San Pablo campus intently viewing their work on a computer.

Around 75% of employers in four countries note a rise in demand for new hires with digital skills over the last 5 years.

Divers cleaning trash from coral reefs in Palawan.

The islands need to determine their capacity limits for tourism to reduce pressure on marine ecosystems.

Past Event

Changing Workforce in the Post-COVID-19 World

This webinar from ADB examined the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging trends in Southeast Asia's labor markets, particularly for women and the youth, and what needs to be done to ensure a resilient and inclusive workforce in a post-COVID-19 world.