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  • Did You Know? Asian Development Bank

    Have you ever stopped to think about how a development bank works? The Asian Development Bank has been around for nearly 50 years now, but how does it go about reducing poverty and promoting prosperity in the Asia–Pacific region?

  • ADB 2017 Operations Reach $28.9 Billion

    ADB operations—comprising approvals of loans and grants, technical assistance (TA), and cofinancing—reached $28.9 billion in 2017 in its continued efforts to help meet Asia and the Pacific’s development needs, according to preliminary figures released.

  • Asia Takes Flight

    At the heart of Asia's growth is a hidden energy driving the continent—from the Himalayas to the world's fastest growing cities. It's a story shaped by dynamism, innovation, and resilience: Asia is changing beyond recognition. 

  • Public Communications Policy Review

    ADB is reviewing its Public Communications Policy after 5 years of implementation. Let us know what you think about how ADB shares its information.

The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world. History

ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. Our Work

ADB is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. Members


How ADB Finances Projects

Public sector (sovereign) financing

Financial products for developing member country governments and public sector entities

Private sector (nonsovereign) financing

Direct financial assistance to private sector projects

ADB funds and resources

ADB funds activities in various sectors through loans and grants, financed from ordinary capital resources as well as special and trust funds.

Cofinancing partnerships

To create greater synergies, ADB partners with others to finance development projects in the region.

With multilaterials, bilaterals, and private institutions

With commercial financial institutions


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