Project Finance in Asia and the Evolving Role of the Multilateral Development Banks

Michael Barrow, Deputy Director General of ADB's Private Sector Operations Department, writes in an op-ed about how MDBs like ADB remain relevant and sought after as core financiers of private infrastructure projects in Asia. Read More

Cooperation Fund for Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific Regional Conference

The conference will bring together stakeholders of the Cooperation Fund for Fighting HIV/AIDS to review the effectiveness and outcomes of the projects supported by the Fund. Read More

Inaugural Rupee-Linked Bond Raises $50 Million

ADB has raised Rs3 billion (about $50 million) from its maiden issuance of its $500 million offshore rupee-linked bond program, which aims to deepen India’s capital markets. Read More


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

Approved Projects



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.