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.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided more than $21.1 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $114 billion in cofinancing for more than 5,000 projects in 170 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme, the GEF has provided support to more than 25,000 civil society and community initiatives in 133 countries.
ADB has been working closely with the GEF since the late 1990s, and since 2002 has served as one of the 18 agencies with direct access to GEF resources. The ADB-GEF partnership is anchored on the recognition of the vital links between environment and sustainable development. Blending ADB’s financial resources with GEF grant resources provides substantial opportunities for enhancing local and global environmental benefits of projects, through testing of innovations, scaling up investments, mainstreaming environmentally sustainable approaches, policy reforms and capacity development. of countries and Asia and the Pacific.
GEF's investments are focused on these critical areas:
By blending ADB's financial resources for sustainable development with GEF grant resources for the global environment, the ADB-GEF partnership provides substantial opportunities for inclusive economic growth with local and global environmental benefits. This is achieved through support for enabling activities, testing of innovations, and investments to scale-up and mainstream environmentally sustainable approaches, technologies and infrastructure.
Examples of innovative and transformational ADB-GEF programs, include the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security, the Heart of Borneo Initiative, the People’s Republic of China-GEF Partnership on Land Degradation in Dryland Areas, and the Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Center, Plastic Initiatives. Other potential areas for ADB and GEF cooperation include:
For more information on GEF please visit ADB-GEF Quick Guide.
Suzanne Robertson (Ms)
Principal Operations Coordination Specialist (Environment and Agriculture)
Climate Change, Resilience, and Environment Cluster
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
Tel: + 632 8632 4444 ext 6462