Unaccountable Adaptation: The Asian Development Bank’s overstated claims on climate adaptation finance

By Sunil Acharya (Oxfam), Rasmus Bo Sørensen and Hans Peter Dejgaard (INKA Consult)
02 / 05 / 2024
A temporary shelter built on a canal bank in Baluchistan after the 2022 Pakistan floods. Photo credit: Ingenious Captures/Oxfam.

Despite positioning itself as the ‘climate bank of Asia and the Pacific’, it is difficult to ascertain the Asian Development Bank’s claims of climate adaptation finance.

Oxfam analysed the bank’s 2019–2023 climate finance portfolio and conducted a detailed assessment of 15 climate adaptation projects, comprising 43% of reported adaptation finance for FY 2021 and 2022. Oxfam found that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hugely overstates the reported amounts with potential over-reporting of 44% in average for the assessed projects.

This briefing paper calls for a transformative shift in the ADB’s adaptation finance strategies. The ADB must improve the accuracy and transparency of climate finance reporting and realign financial flows with the needs of the region's most vulnerable communities.

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