Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction

What is the JFPR?

Japan established the JFPR in May 2000 to provide grants for projects supporting poverty reduction and related social development activities that can add value to projects financed by ADB. In 2010, the JFPR expanded its scope of grant assistance to provide technical assistance grants in addition to project grants.

What are the priorities?

Priority is placed on the poorest and most  vulnerable groups living in destitution in ADB developing member countries (DMCs), primarily on innovative programs designed or implemented by local communities or NGOs which contribute to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals especially in health and education,

What kind of activities are eligible for JFPR grants?

The grants are intended to focus on activities which

  • respond directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable groups through new and innovative methods;
  • support initiatives that lead to rapid, demonstrable benefits with positive prospects of developing into sustainable activities; or
  • build ownership, capacity, empowerment and participation of local communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society groups to facilitate their involvement in projects financed by ADB.

Who is eligible to receive JFPR grants?

All ADB DMCs are eligible for JFPR grants.

Who supports the JFPR?

Japan supports this fund. As of 30 June 2013, the total JFPR funds made available totaled about $615.4 million. ADB had approved 158 grant projects ($422.0 million equivalent) and 124 technical assistance projects ($128.1 million equivalent).

Grants Approved in 2013

DMC/JFPR No. Title Grant($million) ADB Approval
Bangladesh
9172 Pilot Project on Weather Index-Based Crop Insurance 2.00 27 March 2013
Kyrgyz Republic
9170 Women's Entrepreneurship Development 1.50 14 January 2013
Tajikistan
9171 Improved Maternal and Child Health through Connectivity 2.50 7 March 2013
Regional
9173 Greater Mekong Subregion: Livelihood Support for Corridor Towns 2.50 21 May 2013
 Total Approvals in 2013 8.50 4 Projects