ABOUT THE EADN
The East Asian Development Network (EADN) is a network of research institutes, centers, and think tanks in the developing countries of East Asia. It aims to develop research capacity and networking in the developing countries of the region. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of research institutions and individual researchers to undertake high-quality, development-focused, and policy-relevant research in the social sciences that can be used in policy analyses, debates, and inputs at the regional and national levels.
EADN is also one of the regional network partners of the Global Development Network (GDN). The GDN is a public international organization supporting high-quality, policy-oriented social science research in developing and transition economies. It helps researchers with financial resources, global networking, access to information, training, and mentoring (more details at www.gdn.int).
History of the EADN
With support from the World Bank and GDN, Dr. Chia Siow Yue, then the director of Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, established EADN in 1998 in parallel with other regional networks being established in other parts of the developing world. Dr. Chia served as regional coordinator of EADN, with the Institute of Southeast Studies as secretariat, from 1998 to October 2002. When Dr. Chia transferred to the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the EADN secretariat was also moved to SIIA from November 2002 to July 2004.
In August 2004, the role of EADN regional coordinator was transferred to Dr. Chalongphob Sussangkarn, with the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok as the EADN secretariat. In July 2010, the coordination of EADN was transferred to Dr. Josef Yap, with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in Manila as the secretariat. With Dr. Yap’s retirement from PIDS in 2013, his successor, Dr. Gilberto Llanto, became the EADN regional coordinator until 2018. Dr. Llanto was then succeeded by Dr. Celia Reyes who served until July 2021.
PIDS continues to serve as the EADN secretariat, with Dr. Aniceto Orbeta Jr., current PIDS president, as regional coordinator.