Working with ADB: A Primer for Identifying Business Opportunities for NGOs

Business Guide | July 2018

ADB wants more civil society organizations involved in its projects, from the design through evaluation. This primer gives an overview of how ADB and civil society works together, and tips on how NGOs can bid for ADB-financed contracts.

Although ADB does not have a fund dedicated to supporting civil society initiatives, or to which nongovernment organizations (NGOs) can directly apply and receive funding unlike other international development actors, CSOs are involved in a very high proportion of ADB projects, usually at the design phase, and typically through consultations.

While most are small local organizations, larger NGOs are involved in and implementing ADB-financed projects in some countries and sectors. There is growing interest among international NGOs with strong capacities to bid for and win contracts on ADB-financed projects. ADB treats NGOs who win contracts to implement ADB projects the same as firms, as service providers under a contractual relationship with standard conditions for compliance.

Civil society can reach out to the ADB in 4 ways: through the NGO Anchor, during Country Partnership Strategy preparations, at the ADB Business Opportunity Fairs and when ADB policies and strategies are under review.


  • An Overview: How ADB and civil society work together
  • How ADB finances development projects
  • How to bid for ADB-financed contracts
  • What you need to know
  • How else ADB engages with civil society
  • Additional resources