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Why was ADFD established?

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) was established to support the government’s efforts in financing vital sectors within developing countries to ensure socio-economic wellbeing. ADFD places a particularly strong emphasis on infrastructure, as it underpins all successful economies.

How many countries ADFD is planning to finance in the next five years?

ADFD is planning to increase the number of beneficiary countries to 90 in the next five years. Working closely with concerned parties and local entities in various targeted countries will allow for a rapid increase in the number of beneficiary countries that need aid.

Why is ADFD focusing on financing developments abroad rather than the UAE?

In an effort to aid developing nations, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) was established as the global development arm of the UAE.  It supports and fosters socio-economic growth for the developing world. Furthermore, as of 2013 the Fund amended its strategy to commence investing within the UAE as well as maintaining its commitment to assist abroad.

How is ADFD different from other financial entities such as banks which provide similar services?

ADFD is a non-profit entity that aims to create better living conditions within developing countries, throughout supporting programs that help them prosper and contribute within the global economy. In this regard, the Fund provides soft loans that are closer to grants according to the highest international standards; low-interest fees are solicited to cover the administrative charges of the Fund's activities.


What sector does ADFD mainly target, public or private?

The Fund targets the public sector projects, which are guaranteed by the beneficiary government concerned. It works with government institutions in the countries concerned and considers their needs for development initiatives and projects across regions.

How does ADFD operate with regards to projects?

ADFD follows a strict series of steps and procedures regarding projects, to guarantee cohesiveness, fairness and professionalism. For a detailed review please visit our Funding Process page.

What are the geographic areas of focus for ADFD?

ADFD launches and manages development initiatives in all developing countries that suffer from challenges in the field of social and economic development. The fund also aims to contribute to poverty reduction and energizing the process of sustainable development in a balanced manner around the world. ADFD has implemented and is currently financing projects in the Middle East and North, Eastern and Central Africa, as well as South, Central and Northern Asia.