Water For All: The Water Policy of the Asian Development Bank

Institutional Document | June 2003

The requirement for ADB to articulate a clearly focused policy to support regional water initiatives is pressing. The ADB Water Policy will provide ADB with a means to more effectively meet the development challenge.

On 16 January 2001, ADB's Board of Directors approved a comprehensive water policy that recognizes the Asia and Pacific region's need to formulate and implement integrated, cross-sectoral approaches to water management and development.

In general, the policy seeks to: promote water as a socially vital economic good that needs increasingly careful management to sustain equitable economic growth and reduce poverty; and advocate a participatory approach in meeting the challenges of water conservation and protection in the region.


  • The Context
  • The Need for a Comprehensive Water Policy
  • The Policy
  • The Policy and ADB's Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • Getting the Policy to Work
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Water

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