The Asia Think Tanks Secretariat is an initiative of the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. It maintains the Think Asia portal providing open access knowledge products from top think tanks in the region and organizes the Annual Asia Think Tank Summit.

Asian Development Bank Institute

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) responds to important and timely policy issues based on the needs of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) developing member countries (DMCs). In 2021, ADBI was ranked the number one government-affiliated think tank in the world for the second consecutive year, according the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published by the University of Pennsylvania.

ADBI’s research focuses on strategically important medium- to long-term development issues that affect the region. ADBI’s capacity building and training activities contribute to ADB’s overarching objective to reduce poverty.

ADBI seeks to identify effective development strategies and improve the capacity of agencies and organizations to promote sound development. It focuses on areas where it has a strategic advantage, such as the analysis of emerging policy issues and facilitation of dialogue among senior DMC policy makers. ADBI also produces high-quality knowledge and services and has become a trusted source of insight and information to which policy makers, academics, and others interested in development issues turn for guidance.

Asian Development Bank Institute

Kasumigaseki Building 8F, 3-2-5, Kasumigaseki,

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6008, Japan

+81 3 35935500

+81 3 35935571

9:30AM – 5:30PM / Monday to Friday

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

The TTCSP’s mission is to increase the profile, capacity, performance, and impact of think tanks at the national, regional, and global levels so they can better serve the public.

The TTCSP conducts research on the relationship between think tanks, politics, and public policy; produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index; develops capacity-building resources and programs; manages and supports a global network of close to 7,000 think tanks; and trains future think tank scholars and executives. The TTCSP has become known as the “think tanks’ think tank”. Its goal is to raise public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the globe.

Over the last 3 decades, the TTCSP has developed and led a series of global initiatives that have helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy. These international collaborative efforts are designed to establish national, regional, and global networks of policy institutes and communities that improve policy making while strengthening democratic institutions and civil societies.

In 2006, the TTCSP developed and launched the global index of think tanks to identify and recognize centers of excellence in all major areas of public policy research and in every region of the world. To date, the TTCSP has provided technical assistance and capacity-building programs in nearly 100 countries.

The TTCSP’s goal is to create lasting institutional and state-level partnerships by engaging and mobilizing think tanks that have demonstrated their ability to produce high-quality policy research, shape popular and elite opinion, and support policies and programs for the public good.

212 Lauder-Fischer Hall, 256 S. 37TH Streeet, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

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This site is made possible with contributions from these knowledge creators:

ADB Institute
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Lowy Institute
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
Center for Economic and Social Development
Sustainable Development Policy Institute
Thailand Development Research Institute
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Policy and Management Consulting Group
Centre for Policy Dialogue
Center for Economic and Social Development Myanmar
Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
Institute for Integrated Development Studies
New Zealand Institute for Economic Research
Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center
National Center for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast
Foreign Service Institute
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
The Asia Foundation
Brookings India
Tepav India
CFA Institute
Asian Development Bank