Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF)

Climate Objective
Sectors and Themes
Disaster Risk Reduction
Economic Recovery
Industry and Infrastructure
Type of Support Provider
Type of Recipient
Public entity at the national level
Fund Size

USD 40 million

Co-financing Requirement
Trustee or Administrator
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
South Asia

The Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund is a special fund established in 2009 to provide fast-tracked grants to developing member countries (DMCs) for life-saving purposes in the immediate aftermath of major disasters triggered by a natural hazards.
The fund provides quick disbursing grants to assist DMCs meet immediate expenses to restore life-saving services to affected populations following a disaster and to augment aid provided by other donors in times of crisis.
Assistance may be granted only once the following emergency conditions have been met:
A natural disaster has occurred in a DMC
An emergency has been officially declared that is of a scale beyond the capacity of the country and its own agencies to meet the immediate expenses necessary to restore life-saving services to the affected populations
The United Nations humanitarian/resident coordinator (H/RC) has confirmed the scale and implications of the disaster and has indicated a general amount of funding that would be required to assist in alleviating the situation.

Support Provider

Asian Development Bank and Japan

Purpose of Support
Strengthening enabling environments and stakeholder capacity
Funding Type
Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Disaster coordinators will meet implementing and executing agencies periodically (preferably monthly) to monitor progress in grant administration, implementation, liquidation, and auditing and to provide guidance on ADB policies and procedures as relevant to the APDRF. An initial meeting between the disaster coordinator and the implementing and executing agencies is encouraged during the early part of implementation. A brief 3 to 5-page grant closing report will be prepared for approval by the head of the respective department and submitted to the APDRF Fund Manager within 4 months following the financial closing date. These reports will include information on project beneficiaries, including sex-disaggregated data, where available; and will assess grant performance, achievements, and lessons learned. Following interdepartmental review and finalization, the grant closing reports will be disclosed by disaster coordinators on the ADB website, following standard procedure for the disclosure of project and technical assistance closure reports.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

The President has the authority to approve assistance from the APDRF.

ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) will manage the APDRF in consultation with regional departments and resident mission disaster focal points.

The Director of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division (SDCD) will be the APDRF Manager responsible for the day-to-day operations of the APDRF.

ADB's Office of Cofinancing Operations (OCO) will facilitate contributions and will act as the offical channel of communications between external APDRF contributiors and ADB for financials.


Eligibility Criteria

Assistance from the APDRF first window will be provided in the form of a grant in an amount totaling up to $3 million per event. Factors that may influence the size of the grant can be (i) geographical extent of damage; (ii) initial estimate of death, injuries, and displaced persons; (iii) the response capacity of key government agencies in the country; and (iv) the date and magnitude of the last disaster that affected the country (thereby taking into account the cumulative effect of disasters on a country’s ability to respond).

Eligible Countries

All ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs) are eligible to receive funding.

Information on how to

Access assistance by following the following process. Assistance is approved by the President after coordination with the disaster coordinator.

The disaster coordinator begins this process by initiating discussions with the United Nations humanitarian/resident coordinator. Then, the disaster coordinator prepares a report to the regional department director general. The Regional department director general then makes a recommendation to the respective ADB vice-president, who then decides if the request moves forward to the President.

More information is available in appendix 1 of this document.

Please note, funding is only available to pre-selected countries. See the eligible countries field for more information.

For complete steps, see the guideline here.