Thematic Groups

Conducts expert and peer reviews of project design and engages with IFAD, CGIAR, FAO, UNEP, USDA, and other agencies  in research, peer reviews, workshops, and other activities to address Asia’s food security concerns and rural poverty.

Offers courses related to agriculture development and irrigation management.

Contact: Leah Arboleda, Group Coordinator

Provides technical support bank-wide to increase ADB investments in climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction, covering—among others—climate change impact assessment of critical infrastructure, disaster risk financing in DMCs, urban resilience, and climate smart agriculture operations.

Contact: Loreta Rufo, Group Coordinator

Integrates environmental sustainability into projects, country strategies, and sectors assessments; promotes eco-friendly design of infrastructure and scaling up of investments in natural capital, and ecosystem-based climate adaptation, supports initiatives to strengthen environmental management in DMCs and promote green businesses and address regional environmental concerns.

Offers courses on environmental sustainability, focusing on promoting sustainable infrastructure, investing in natural capital, strengthening environmental governance and management capacity, and responding to climate change.

Contact: Marie Antoinette Virtucio, Group Coordinator

Promotes and advocates increased attention to gender issues in ADB projects and forges links with development partners on gender-related issues to accelerate the integration of gender equity and women’s empowerment in ADB operations.

Offers courses on cross-sectoral approaches to mainstreaming and addressing gender issues in development projects.

Contact: Laarni Zapanta-Tuazon, Group Coordinator

Promotes attention to governance and public sector management issues in ADB operations, and is an important institutional platform for knowledge sharing, cross-departmental coordination, peer review, learning, and links to external networks and partners.

Offers courses related to good governance and public sector management toward development effectiveness.

Contact: Governance Group Coordinator

Provides strategic directions in administering the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund, Investment Climate Facilitation Fund, and People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund.

Offers courses aimed at greater economic integration, including building closer trade integration, intraregional supply chains, and stronger financial links.

Contact: Regional Cooperation and Integration Group Coordinator

Promotes new initiatives and policies that aim to reduce poverty, inequality, and vulnerability among poor and marginalized groups by transforming social institutions toward inclusive and equitable social development.

Offers courses on new initiatives, policies, and approaches for creating better social institutions.

Contact: Social Development Group Coordinator