Funds and Resources

ADB offers loans, grants, and technical assistance from Special Funds, Trust Funds, and other sources to help reduce poverty in Asia’s poorest countries.

Gender and Development Cooperation Fund

What is the fund?

The Gender and Development Cooperation Fund was established in May 2003 as a facility to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in Asia and the Pacific.

What are the priorities?

The fund supports country gender assessments and strategies to guide the formulation of country partnership strategies, project-specific gender action plans for ADB gender-relevant projects, recruitment of long-term gender consultants, gender impact assessments, and promotion of partnerships with women's organizations and other development partners.

What kind of activities will be financed from the fund?

The fund will finance activities that include the following components:

  • country strategy and program activities
  • gender and development (GAD) plans and strategies for ADB loans
  • GAD specialists in resident missions
  • GAD capacity building
  • Gender impact assessments
  • GAD partnerships

Who is eligible to receive grants?

All ADB developing member countries are eligible for the fund.

Who supports the fund?

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway have contributed a total amount of about $12 million to the fund.