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.

Urban Resilience Trust Fund

What is the fund?

The Urban Resilience Trust Fund (URTF) is a $82.12 million (£68.5m)1 multi-donor trust fund (2023–2029) administered by ADB under the Urban Financing Partnerships Facility. The program will help reduce risks from climate change and natural disasters for select cities in Asia and the Pacific through technical assistance and demonstrative innovative investments in specified thematic areas. URTF interventions will support integrated resilience planning, enhanced and effective investments in resilient infrastructure, and greater opportunities to exchange knowledge on mitigating and addressing climate and disaster risks. The focus will be on adaptation and resilience, nature-positive solutions and mobilization of climate finance.

What are the priorities?

URTF aims to build the capacity of cities by helping national and subnational urban agencies, communities, and the private sector to integrate climate resilience into their policies and to develop and effectively implement a pipeline of resilience projects through public or private investments. The fund’s program will be instrumental in reducing risks from climate change and natural disasters for select cities in Asia and the Pacific through technical assistance and innovative investments in eight thematic areas:

  • integrated urban policy, regulations, strategic planning, and assessment;
  • nature-positive solutions;
  • air quality management;
  • integrated water, sanitation, and solid waste management;
  • disaster resilience;
  • greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, and adaptation measures;
  • urban mobility and social services improvement; and
  • community empowerment.

What kind of activities are eligible?

URTF will provide resilience support to ADB operations by adopting a holistic approach anchored on ADB’s resilience pillars—physical, ecological, social and institutional, and financial resilience. It will finance technical assistance and grant components of projects that contribute to one or more of the trust fund’s eight thematic areas.

Who is eligible to receive support?

The eligible countries to receive support from the fund are Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.

Who supports the fund?

The Government of the United Kingdom through the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office supports the fund.

1 Based on exchange rate USD1 = GBP1.199 on 17 February 2023, date of signing of MoU