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Development Funding

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s (ADFD) operations in the area of funding focuses on two main areas:​

Concessionary Loans

"Since its establishment, ADFD has provided long-term development loans with concessionary interest rates to support vital projects in developing countries. It has specifically focused on infrastructure projects in sectors such as water, electricity, transportation, education and healthcare.
Projects are meticulously studied to assess their technical and economic feasibility and ensure that they positively impact the lives of people in beneficiary countries. The Fund endows recipient countries the right and power to distribute the loan were appropriate. This allows the beneficiary country the freedom to use the loan to achieve and sustain their vision for their country.

Funding applications can be submitted through:

  1. • Governmental entities: Ministries in charge of international borrowing, which include, Ministry of Finance or Ministry of International Cooperation etc...
  2. • Semi-governmental entities: Semi-governmental bodies or private companies with a government guarantee. A loan guarantee agreement will be signed with the government at the time of signing.

Funding Eligibility:

You are eligible for ADFD funding if:
  1. • Your application is for an infrastructure project such as energy, water, transportation, health, housing, education etc...
  2. • You are from a developing country that is included in the OECD’s “DAC List of ODA Recipients”.
  3. • The project falls within the government’s developmental priorities.
  4. • The project has a positive socio-economic impact in the country.

Funding Process

ADFD’s application process consists of the following steps:

Review of the Application Documents

Initial Assessment

Project Appraisal

Loan Approval

For more details, please visit the designated pages, Funding Process and Funding Policies.

Management of Government Grant​s

ADFD manages grants given by the Abu Dhabi government to fund vital projects in developing countries. The Fund’s responsibilities in this area include project management through direct supervision throughout its various stages according to a set of plans and goals. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has affirmed that for two years in a row, 2013 and 2014, and partly due to the altruistic and charitable grants by the UAE, ADFD was affirmed as the largest international development donor in the world per capita.

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Terms of Use

Abu Dhabi Fund For Development “ADFD” is the lawful owner to, the “Website”. By using and accessing to the Website, we accept and agree to the following terms and conditions:

1-No Indemnities and no Warranties

The ADFD hereby disclaims any warranty, liability, express or implicit connected to any of the content displayed on in case of loss or damage or failure or sharing information to either hardware or data.

2-Proper usage

Visitors shall not use the Website to post, submit or otherwise distribute unlawful, defamatory, abusive, obscene or offensive materials as well not to violate third-party rights including copyright, trademark or privacy. Visitors also shall not access or attempt to access the Website and Features using interfaces aside from the ones provided by the Website.

3-Proprietary and Intellectual Rights

We acknowledge that all the information, data or otherwise contained in is the sole proprietary right as well as the intellectual property to ADFD and subsequently it entertains all the assumed standards and protection rights.

4-Reporting abuse

To report abuse of the Website, or violations of these Terms of Use, including defamatory, vulgar, threatening or misleading information, misappropriation of content, or any other inappropriate use, please “click here”.

5-Personal Information and Information Disclosure

The ADFD reserves the right to disclose any Visitor information, including personally identifiable information, when required by law or when necessary to investigate potential illegal activities such as fraud, violations of the Terms of Use, or when otherwise necessary to protect the property, rights and safety of the ADFD, Website Visitors or other third parties.

6-Privacy Policy

The Website collects two categories of information, General Information. The Website automatically collects non-personally-identifiable information using the Website’s cookies to monitor Visitor usage patterns and information. Examples of the collected information include: (i) domain names, (ii) time and date stamps, (iii) IP addresses, browser types or operating systems, (iv) pages that a Visitor views and the links used to arrive at the pages, (v) domain names of other websites that linked to the Website, (vi) Website landing pages and (vii) other general demographic information. Personally-Identifiable Information: Visitors that register with the Website to receive an email alert through ADFD share point service may be asked to submit personal information such as an email address. The Website shall not collect personally-identifiable information without the consent of a Visitor. The Visitor also maintains a right of rectification with regard to personal information and may modify or delete their personal information, in whole or in part, at any time.

7-Applicable Laws

The UAE laws shall be the applicable laws in case of any conflict, claim or otherwise liability encountered by the mere virtue of accessing or using the Website.

8-Contact us

The ADFD official website operates only under one domain name, and is not connected with the hosts of any other websites that may look similar to its official website. For questions regarding these Terms of Use, please contact the ADFD.

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