The AfDB seeking greater operational efficiency

21/05/2014
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The African Development Bank constantly seeks operational efficiency and that is why, shortly after approval in April 2013 of the Ten-Year Strategy and its associated organisational arrangements, a new post of Chief Group Risk Manager, an African Natural Resources Centre, new departments responsible for operational and financial sector development, and a performance implementation management bureau were all created.

Some departments were adjusted and a significant number of staff redeployments were made. In particular, the Nigeria field office became a national office, headed by a Director. The Bank's presence increased further in 2013, with the number of countries in which it is represented growing from 34 to 37, but with only 31 field offices. Some Bank employees were posted to other bodies or to supervise country operations from neighbouring field offices.

A human resources management strategy (2013-2017) was launched and a staff survey conducted, with preliminary results indicating increased staff satisfaction and motivation.

Policies and strategies

A number of policies, strategies and guidelines were adopted in 2013 to encourage departments to put the Ten-Year Strategy into action. These include guidelines for cancelling eligible non-sovereign operations, the Private Sector Development Policy and corresponding Private Sector Development Strategy, and the Independent Evaluation Strategy. The change to the Bank Group's credit policy will be submitted for consideration by the Board of Directors in 2014.

The effectiveness of development

In December 2013, the Bank adopted the Integrated Safeguards System (ISS) to promote socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth, in line with the Ten-Year Strategy. In addition, the Bank introduced an evidence-based and outcome-focused project performance evaluation method, which makes the Implementation Progress and Results Report (IPR) and the new Project Completion Report (PCR) mandatory elements for reporting on projects. Similarly, the Quality at Entry standards developed in 2010 have been updated. The new suite of criteria used to assess the state of preparedness came into force on January 1, 2014.

ADF-13

Negotiations on the thirteenth replenishment of African Development Fund (ADF-13) were completed in September 2013. Participants reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the economic transformation of Africa and agreed on an overall replenishment of UA 5,345 billion for 2014-2016. The performance-based allocation formula was retained, but with the addition of a factor to take account of infrastructure deficit.