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In the Spotlight

  • Did You Know? Asian Development Bank

    Have you ever stopped to think about how a development bank works?

  • ADB Approves Record $27 Billion in 2015 to Meet Asia's Development Needs

    ADB's operations—comprising approvals of loans and grants, technical assistance, and cofinancing—reached an all-time high of $27.15 billion in 2015, an increase of about 19% over the $22.89 billion in 2014.

  • ADB in 2015: the Year in Review

    We look back at some of the most significant ADB milestones in 2015.

  • ADB in 2016

    Against a backdrop of continued steady economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, a new global deal on climate change, and recent agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals, ADB is gearing up for a busy year in 2016.

The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world. History

ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. Our Work

ADB is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. Members

How ADB Finances Projects

Public sector (sovereign) financing

Financial products for developing member country governments and public sector entities

Private sector (nonsovereign) financing

Direct financial assistance to private sector projects

ADB funds and resources

ADB funds activities in various sectors through loans and grants, financed from ordinary capital resources as well as special and trust funds.


To create greater synergies, ADB partners with others to finance development projects in the region.

With multilaterials, bilaterals, and private institutions

With commercial financial institutions

Fast Facts

$165billionADB’s capital, after its fifth capital increase in 2009

Almost3,000employees from 60 of its 67 shareholding members

32field offices29 resident missions across the Asia and Pacific region, and 3 representative offices in Washington, DC, Frankfurt, and Tokyo