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This brief on the Regional Development Banks is one of a suite of policy briefs that provides basic background information and practical analysis of the financial and governance issues facing the international financial institutions.

The regional development banks (RDBs) are multilateral financial institutions that provide financial and technical assistance for development in low- and middle-income countries within their regions. Finance is allocated through low-interest loans and grants for a range of development sectors such as health and education, infrastructure, public administration, financial and private-sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management. The term RDB usually refers to four institutions:

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)