Projects and Programs
In the past 40 years, ADB has supported projects in agriculture and natural resources, energy, finance, industry and nonfuel minerals, social infrastructure, and transport and communications. More than half of ADB''s assistance has gone into building infrastructure - roads, airports, power plants, and water and sanitation facilities. Such infrastructure helps lay the foundation for commerce and economic growth and makes essential services accessible to the poor.
Countries with limited debt repayment capacity in the region receive additional help through the Asian Development Fund (ADF), set up in 1973 to provide grants and low-interest loans.
Since 2000, ADF has helped build 38,000 schools and build or improve 6,700 health facilities. It has helped provide over 200,000 safe water connections; irrigate more than 300,000 hectares of land; and build or rehabilitate 42,000 kilometers of roads. Read more about ADF''s Impact
ADB is quick to help when catastrophe strikes. It provides assistance in the wake of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and landslides, as well as in post-conflict situations.
Assistance to its developing member countries creates an enabling environment for private sector development. ADB also directly finances private sector projects to assist commercial investors and lenders.
ADB has a triple-A credit rating and actively mobilizes financial resources through its cofinancing operations, tapping official, commercial, and export credit sources.