Netherlands, The

The Netherlands coordinates and implements its official development assistance through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and channels it through its embassies. Its priority areas include reproductive and sexual health and rights, water, food security, and security and the rule of law. It also supports gender equality, environment, and climate change. Its priority countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

At a Glance

Cumulative Project-Specific Cofinancing



Cumulative Trust Funds Contribution



The Netherlands has shown staunch support for the water sector. In 2006, it established the Netherlands Trust Fund for the Water Financing Partnership Facility to support the implementation of ADB’s Water Financing Program. The facility assists rural, urban, and basin water demonstration projects as well as knowledge, capacity, and innovation services. To date, the Dutch government has committed about $44.3 million to the facility.

The country has also supported for ADB nonsovereign operations. From 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020, private entities domiciled in the Netherlands provided $176.7 million in cofinancing for 6 nonsovereign projects.

As of December 2020, ADB’s Trade Finance Program (TFP) has supported 355 Dutch export and import transactions (through Dutch and non-Dutch banks) to developing Asia valued at over $310.4 million. Exports and imports were to eight countries, but mostly to Bangladesh and Viet Nam. Isolating TFP’s work with the Dutch banks, the TFP works with five banks operating in the Netherlands and has provided guarantees supporting $472.4 million in trade in over 240 transactions as of December 2020. The TFP has mobilized $30.1 million in cofinancing with banks operating in the Netherlands. This cofinancing helps leverage ADB resources and brings more support for developing members.

Active Trust Fund

1 January 2014–31 December 2020 Cofinanced Projects
Country Project Cofinancing Amount ($ million) Type of Cofinancinga
Afghanistan Supporting Natural Resources Operations (Supplementary) 0.7 TA
Bangladesh City Region Development II 0.2 TA
Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program – Project 1 15.3 G
Southwest Area Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management – Additional Financing 7 G
Preparing the Climate and Disaster Resilient Small-Scale Water Resources Management Project 0.8 TA
Preparing the Climate Resilient Livelihood Improvement and Watershed Management in Chittagong Hill Tracts Sector Project 0.5 TA
Indonesia Indonesia Irrigation Sector 1.5 TA
Lao People's Democractic Republic Sustainable Rural Infrastructure and Watershed Management Sector (Supplementary) 0.5 TA
Myanmar Third Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development 0.5 TA
Nepal Implementation Support for the Priority River Basin Flood Risk Management Project 0.8 TA
Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resources Development 0.3 TA
Strengthening Food Security Post-COVID-19 and Locust Attacks 0.2 TA
Viet Nam Improving Operational Performance of the Water Supply Sector (Supplementary) 0.3 TA
Secondary Cities Development Program (Green Cities) 0.3 TA
Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought-Affected Provinces 0.8 G
0.3 TA
Regional Knowledge and Innovation Support for ADB's Water Financing Program 11 TA
Knowledge and Innovation Support for ADB's Water Financing Program 11 TA
Strengthening Capacity to Design and Implement Water and Rural Infrastructure Facility (Supplementary) 0.5 TA

a G = official grant cofinancing, TA = technical assistance cofinancing

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