A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More

Trees Provide Income and Preserve Land in Pakistan

A sustainable livelihood project in Pakistan is boosting poor farmers’ income and protecting their land from erosion. Read More

Biogas Brings a Better Life to Pakistan's Rural Women

Thanks to an ADB project, women in rural Pakistan are now using biogas to cook meals for their families, freeing their kitchens from unhealthy fumes and giving them more time for other activities. Read More


Pakistan has the potential to achieve higher growth to accommodate a rapidly growing working-age population. The country has considerable natural resources and ample scope to improve agricultural productivity, and to expand markets for the manufacturing and service sectors.

Assistance from ADB supports government’s goals of facilitating structural change, promoting investment, and improving institutional effectiveness.

Fast Facts

184.35 (2013)
Population in millions

2.1% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

22.3% (2006)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
3,698.41 / 15.27
Agriculture (60)
501.11 / 2.07
Education (12)
6,163.56 / 25.45
Energy (67)
3,193.00 / 13.18
Finance (52)
1,212.40 / 5.01
Health (13)
1,119.40 / 4.62
Industry and Trade (22)
2,311.50 / 9.54
Multisector (16)
3,015.80 / 12.45
Public Sector (27)
2,178.90 / 9.00
Transport and ICT (23)
823.60 / 3.40
Water Supply (19)
24,217.68 / 100.00
TOTAL (311)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013