5. Briefs

Briefs are concise narratives of topical issues intended to inform, stimulate, debate, make a decision or action, spark change, persuade policy makers, or generate a quick response to an issue. Briefs are short-format (2–16 pages) summaries to inform about developments, thematic and sector research, economic reports, or policy and strategy issues. Designed to be quick-disseminating, briefs can be short position papers or strategic knowledge products that are text-driven and light on images.


  • Taxation Challenges in a Digital Economy—The Case of the People’s Republic of China 

    Terada-Hagiwara, Akiko; Gonzales, Kathrina; Wang, Jie (Asian Development Bank, 2019-05-15)
    The digital economy is growing rapidly across the globe, and among developing countries, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a leader. Despite its promise, the global digital economy also poses many challenges. Among these are tax base erosion and ...
  • An Analysis of Africa’s Agricultural Value Chain and Lessons from Korea’s Agricultural Development Policies 

    Park, Youngho; Jung, Jaewook; Kim, Yejin (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, 2019-04-18)
    Agriculture is an integral part of the African economy as it accounts for 60‒70% of the continent's labor and 15% of its total GDP on average. The development of the agricultural sector is linked to Africa’s economic and social development as 90% of ...
  • Closing the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion through Fintech 

    Sioson, Erica Paula; Kim, Chul Ju (Asian Development Bank Institute, 2019-04-15)
    According to 2017 data from the Global Findex Database published by the World Bank, women are still less likely than men to own an account at financial institutions (Demirgüç-Kunt et al. 2018). In Asia and the Pacific, this is particularly true for ...
  • The “How” of Multistakeholder Engagement 

    Verzosa, Cecilia Cabanero; Fiutak, Thomas R. (Asian Development Bank, 2019-04-15)
    Development actors must be ready to share power to achieve effective multistakeholder engagement. This means (i) being willing to listen to voices of dissent as well as of agreement, (ii) providing space to review the design and implementation of change ...

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