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Call for Policy Papers on Circular Economy in Emerging Markets

Open to:

Submissions from citizens of ADB developing member countries are encouraged.


01 June, 2021




The current take-make-waste extractive industrial model has had far-reaching negative implications for global climate, scarce natural resources, and biodiversity. Revised economic models could help transform consumption and make it more sustainable. In a circular economy, production and consumption encompass sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling materials and products as long as possible, extending product life cycles and keeping materials within the economy wherever possible.

COVID-19 recovery efforts in developing economies in Asia could follow a traditional growth strategy that relies on carbon- and resource-intensive production. By contract, the pursuit of a green recovery could deliver growth built on resource efficiency and business innovation that promotes the transition to a circular economy. This will require innovative policy making, prompting government officials to consider new examples and ideas.


The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra invite submissions of original, unpublished policy papers focusing on case studies of successful implementation of circular economy principles and related policy recommendations. Policy papers will be selected for their potential to support government efforts to improve environmental sustainability in developing Asia.


Selected policy papers will be presented during a virtual World Circular Economy Forum side event to take place on 1-2 June 2021 and will be considered for publication as ADBI policy briefs and inclusion in a special journal issue or book.


Authors should submit their policy paper summaries in English via this link by 24 March. The deadline is not extendable. Policy paper summaries should be about 150-250 words, including the title, name of author(s), affiliation(s), position(s), and email. Authors of selected summaries will be notified by 2 April 2021.