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Asian Development Fund (ADF)

ADF provides grants to ADB's lower-income developing member countries. Established in 1974, the ADF initially provided loans on concessional terms. Activities supported by the ADF promote poverty reduction and improvements in the quality of life in the poorer countries of the Asia and Pacific region.

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How is ADF funded?

ADF resources mainly come from contributions of ADB's member countries, mobilized under periodic replenishments, and net income transfers from ADB's ordinary capital resources. The twelfth replenishment (ADF 13) will support grant operations between 2021-2024 and is the first ADF to support the implementation of ADB’s corporate strategy—Strategy 2030—during its full cycle.

Who is eligible for ADF grant assistance?

ADB uses a three-tier developing member country classification system determined by two criteria: gross national income per capita (Atlas method) and creditworthiness.

Together We Deliver: Grants for a Brighter Future

Read stories from the beneficiaries' perspective showing how the ADF grants uplift the lives of the most vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific region.

Emergency Assistance in Bangladesh

Project Result / Case Study | 10 February 2020

Emergency Assistance in Bangladesh

The influx of more than 700,000 people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State into Cox’s Bazar District in neighboring Bangladesh in August 2017 created a humanitarian crisis. Joining concerted international efforts, ADB quickly mobilized ADF grant funding of $100 million to help ensure this emergency situation did not escalate further.

Tonga: Rapid Response for Cyclone Gita's Trail of Destruction

Project Result / Case Study | 12 December 2019

Tonga: Rapid Response for Cyclone Gita's Trail of Destruction

The Pacific Disaster Resilience (PDR) Program program allocates $15 million in policy-based loans and ADF grants for Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu when disasters occur and also supports priority actions for disaster risk management.

Climate Change and Disasters: Protecting Townships in Bhutan

Project Result / Case Study | 14 November 2019

Climate Change and Disasters: Protecting Townships in Bhutan

A major focus of the Phuentsholing Township Development Project is to provide a safer space in which the town can grow by helping develop a new urban center with raised ground levels in an area sheltered by the embankments.