Concessional Assistance

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Concessional assistance bridges the development gap in Asia and the Pacific, home to both the world’s fast-rising and most vulnerable economies. ADB offers loans at very low interest rates as well as grants to help reduce poverty in ADB's poorest member countries. Funded by ADB’s member countries, the Asian Development Fund (ADF) has been a major instrument of concessional financing that has supported equitable and sustainable development in the region since 1974. Following the combination of ADF lending operations with the ordinary capital resources (OCR) balance sheet effective 2017, ADF is retained as a grant-only operation, while concessional lending operations are to be financed from OCR.

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Concessional assistance countries

These countries have the greatest development challenges and are eligible to receive very low interest loans and grants. ADB currently has 27 concessional assistance (CA) countries, including 17 countries which have access to only CA funding from ADB.

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