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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.

In the Spotlight

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How the ADF Base Allocation Increase is Already Transforming the Pacific

From clean power to port infrastructure, the Asian Development Fund is transforming the Pacific.


Together We Deliver: Grants for a Brighter Future

This edition focuses on how Asian Development Fund (ADF) grants are uplifting the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people in Asia and the Pacific.


For Investment in Kiribati, There’s a Long Road Ahead

Thanks to Asian Development Fund donors, a new road is making life easier for people and businesses on Kiribati. But the isolated Pacific nation still faces a critical need for more investment.

News Release

Developing Asia Needs Concessional Resources for Sustainable Development

ADB should continue to deliver concessional assistance—comprised of very low interest loans and grants—to countries in need in the Asia and Pacific region to enhance their chances of achieving their targets under the SDGs...

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.