The Asian Development Bank’s knowledge management framework


  • Daan Boom


knowledge management, development, development organisations, banks


Transfer of knowledge has always been an essential, catalysing element of the mandate of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Recognising the growing role knowledge plays in the advancement of its developing member countries, ADB committed itself, through its strategic framework for 2001-2015, to becoming a learning institution and a primary source of development knowledge in Asia and the Pacific. Based on this strategic framework, a knowledge management framework has been drafted and approved in June 2004 to guide ADB’s transition to a knowledge-based organisation. This article reviews the changing context of ADB’s role in catalysing knowledge for innovation and development. It discusses the action plans identified to improve information management and promote organisational and cultural changes which contribute to knowledge sharing, as well as barriers to implementation.