The Greater Mekong Subregion Development Analysis Network (GMS-DAN) is a collaborative development research network of leading development policy research institutes in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan province of China. The original DAN network was established in 1997-98. DAN received financial support from Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) and more recently from the Rockefeller Foundation’s GMS programme.

The GMS-DAN was founded following the establishment of GMS Economic Cooperation Programme by the six member countries in 1992 as a vehicle for jointly promoting regional cooperation, spurring growth and reducing poverty. For the last two decades since its inception, GMS programme which is supported by the ADB and other donors has achieved outstanding success evidenced by the improvement in infrastructure which leads to increased trade and investment, enhanced competitiveness as well as the improved economic and social development in the sub-region. At present, the programme is still very much relevant and serves as platform for member countries to continue to strengthen their cooperation on a wide variety of issues and also serves as complementarities to Asian regionalism effort including ASEAN and ASEAN +3.

Recognising the significant role of the programme as well as the strong commitment of the member countries to encourage greater GMS integration, GMS-DAN, as an established network of leading national research institutions, is well placed to make a significant contribution to the much needed research on relevant and priority issues and, over time, to build its capacity to become acknowledged as the leading development policy research network in the GMS. Recently, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has begun to utilise some of the member GMS-DAN institutes, with supporting technical assistance, to undertake socio-economic impact assessments of some of its development projects in GMS countries.

GMS-DAN’s Vision

GMS-DAN’s vision is for a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Greater Mekong Subregion that has achieved inclusive growth and sustainable development for its peoples.

GMS-DAN’s Mission

GMS-DAN’s mission is to collaborate effectively as a network of leading GMS development research institutions, to generate high quality collaborative development policy research on issues of importance to the GMS, to disseminate it effectively to policy makers and influencers and to strengthen the capacity of its member institutes and researchers.

Collaborative Research

Since its inception, GMS-DAN has undertaken collaborative research and published and disseminated policy-relevant research reports and associated publications, on the following topics:

  • The Impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on the Southeast Asian Transitional Economies
  • Labour Markets in Transitional Economies in Southeast Asia and Thailand
  • Off-farm and Non-farm Employment in Southeast Asian Transitional Economies and Thailand
  • The Cross-Border Economies of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Pro-poor Tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
  • Labour Migration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
  • Agricultural Trade in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
  • Assessing China’s Impact on Poverty Reduction in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
  • Inclusive Development and Regional Integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

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