Gender and Development Cooperation Fund

What is the GDCF?

The GDCF was established in May 2003 as a facility to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia Pacific region.

What are the priorities?

The GDCF supports country gender assessments and strategies to guide the formulation of country partnership strategies, project-specific gender action plans for ADB gender-relevant projects, recruitment of long-term gender consultants, gender impact assessments, and promotion of partnerships with women's organizations and other development partners.

What kind of activities will be financed from the fund?

The GDCF will finance activities that include the following components:

  • Country strategy and program activities
  • GAD plans and strategies for ADB loans
  • GAD specialists in resident missions
  • GAD capacity building
  • Gender impact assessments
  • GAD partnerships

Who is eligible to receive GDCF grants?

All ADB developing member countries (DMCs) are eligible for the GDCF.

Who supports the GDCF?

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Ireland have contributed a total amount of about $12 million to the fund.