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.

Japan Special Fund

What is the Japan Special Fund?

The Japan Special Fund (JSF) was established in March 1988 and supports ADB’s technical assistance (TA) program with untied grants administered by ADB. It helps ADB developing member countries (DMCs) restructure their economies in response to the changing global environment, broaden their opportunities for new investment, and prepare loan projects.

What are the priorities?

The fund places particular emphasis on

  • industrialization
  • natural resource development
  • human resource development
  • technology transfer

What kind of activities are eligible for grants?

JSF supports project preparatory, capacity development, policy development, policy and advisory, and research and development technical assistance grants.

Who is eligible to receive grants?

All ADB DMCs are eligible for grants.

Who supports the fund?

As of 31 December 2020, Japan’s cumulative contribution to the fund since its inception in 1988 amounted to ¥114.8 billion ($1.07 billion).