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.


Reinvigorating Financing Approaches for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in ASEAN+3 cover photo.

​​​​​​​This report presents a practical toolkit of ways to merge public, private, institutional, and other forms of low-cost capital to deliver resilient, sustainable, and future-ready infrastructure in the ASEAN+3 region.

ASEAN and Global Value Chains: Locking in Resilience and Sustainability

This book reviews the challenges and opportunities facing GVCs in Southeast Asia as they build greater resilience and promote sustainable, green development for the region and its people.

Southeast Asia Rising from the Pandemic

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


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ADB study favors limiting the use of gasoline motorcycles for specific zones over subsidizing electric-powered units.

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The potential of the metaverse to help both students and educators has yet to be explored, but ensuring teachers have the skills and the means to use this frontier technology in the classroom is a good start.

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The financing package is the largest syndicated renewable project financing transaction among ASEAN countries to date.

Greening ASEAN and Global Value Chains

Southeast Asia has become one of the most important regional hubs for global value chains (GVCs)—the cross-border networks that separate production stages from concept to consumption. By participating in GVCs, most Southeast Asia economies have grown strongly and reduced poverty. GVCs have created a strong manufacturing and export base, more and better-quality jobs, and spread knowledge, innovation and technology. However, their social and environmental impact can also lead to inequality and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

A new report from the Asian Development Bank examines recent developments affecting GVC participation—particularly in ASEAN—and explores how the region could respond to challenges and opportunities facing GVCs to make them more resilient and sustainable.

Publication: ASEAN and Global Value Chains: Locking in Resilience and Sustainability
News ReleaseASEAN Must Act to Strengthen Position in Global Value Chains