Funds and Resources
In the Spotlight
ADB's Board of Governors has approved a groundbreaking initiative to combine the lending operations of the bank’s Asian Development Fund (ADF) with its ordinary capital resources (OCR) balance sheet.
The substantial lending volume reflects Asia’s continued need for development assistance, despite impressive growth and poverty reduction efforts in recent years.
ADB is committed to strengthening its partnerships with multilateral and bilateral organizations, foundations, and other emerging development partners to create greater synergies in response to the needs of developing Asia and the Pacific.
ADB funds activities in various sectors or for specific themes through loans and grants, financed from ordinary capital resources (OCR) as well as special and trust funds.
The Asian Development Fund is crucial for improving lives of this most vulnerable group in the region.
Most of ADB's lending comes from its ordinary capital resources, offered at near-market terms to lower- to middle-income countries. ADB also provides loans and grants from Special Funds, of which the Asian Development Fund is the largest. The Asian Development Fund offers loans at very low interest rates and grants that help reduce poverty in ADB's poorest borrowing countries.
In 2013, ADB’s operations totaled $21.02 billion, $14.38 billion financed by ADB and Special Funds and $6.64 billion by cofinancing partners.