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Asian Development Fund

The Asian Development Fund, part of the Asian Development Bank Group, provides long-term interest free loans, grants, and policy assistance to the poorest countries in Asia to reduce poverty and spur economic growth, particularly in human development, improving the status of women and the environment.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • The Fund recently agreed to improve its performance measurement and performance-based allocations. In the latest donor negotiations, the AsDF-9 replenishment, the Fund and donors adopted several important reforms to improve performance and to implement results measurement, including launching the Managing for Results action plan. These reforms remain to be implemented and expanded in the future.
  • AsDF-9 agreed to reforms to improve the ability of the poorest countries to handle their debts. In particular, it established a new program to give 30 percent of funding in the form of grants to these countries. These reforms remain to be implemented.
  • Transparency and accountability in the Bank Group are improving. AsDF-9 requires more transparency through improved information disclosure and communication policies. The Bank Group's anti-corruption and auditing procedures require improvements.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with Congress to secure $115 million annually for the period 2006 to 2009 to fund the U.S. commitment to the latest Asian Development Fund replenishment (AsDF-9).
  • Monitoring the Fund's improvements and implementation of measures to show its effectiveness in achieving development goals, including its progress in meeting development objectives across-the-board.
  • Working with the Fund and other donors to improve the ability of developing countries to handle their debt, including increasing the amount of grants for the most debt-vulnerable Asian countries.

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