Investing in Asia's Environmental Technology Sector

Private investors join ADB in the launch of a $400 million fund dedicated to investing in renewable energy, clean technology, and supporting climate-friendly companies. Read More

Enhancing Small Enterprises’ Access to Finance: ADB’s Take

Promoting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia helps reduce poverty. Read More

Upgrading Municipal Water Systems in the People's Republic of China

A private sector operation funded by ADB is giving access to clean and affordable water to millions in the People's Republic of China. View Photo Essay


As a catalyst for private investments, ADB provides direct financial assistance to private sector projects. While ADB’s participation is usually limited, it leverages a large amount of funds from commercial sources to finance these projects.

Projects must also have clear development impacts and/or demonstration effects that go beyond the benefits captured in the financial rate of return.

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Facts and Figures

$4.54 billion
Nonsovereign operations in 2013

$4.43 billion
Value of private sector approvals in 2013

$1.6 billion 
Private sector approvals financed by ADB in 2013


Seed Capital Assistance Facility

Harmonized Results Indicators

The agreement among 25 international financial institutions aims to harmonize data collection on private sector operations. Read the memorandum of agreement.