South Asia Development Partnership Facility

What is the facility?

The SADPF is a framework of cooperation between ADB and the government of Australia to benefit ADB developing member countries (DMCs). The program will consist of projects in South Asia which may be agreed upon by the Australia government and ADB. This was established in 2006.

What are the priorities?

The primary objectives of the facility are to:

  • advance necessary reforms (including ensuring the participation of end-users in service delivery)
  • promote broad-based and inclusive economic growth
  • introduce improvement in key development areas by addressing the major development challenges being faced by South Asia.

What kind of activities will be financed from the facility?

Eligible activities include:

  • enhanced governance at all levels (particularly at the local level), including emphasizing decentralization and devolution of service delivery
  • urban development, including of megacities and secondary cities and towns, and associated issues such as municipal financing of infrastructure and public-private partnerships
  • inclusive growth
  • human resource development (particularly in improving service delivery in education, health, water and sanitation and other such social services)
  • regional cooperation and integration

Who is eligible to receive the grant?

The grant will be available to DMCs of ADB in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Who supports the fund?

The government of Australia has committed an initial grant for the facility of A$11-million from 2006 to 2011.