Frequently asked questions

  • What types of projects does the AfDB fund through its Private Sector Window?

The AfDB provides financing for projects that involve the establishment, expansion, diversification, and/or modernization of production facilities in a variety of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, transport, infrastructure, extractive industries, banking and finance and other service industries. To date, most of the private sector projects have focused on financial services, manufacturing and infrastructure. The recipients of such assistance are both private entities as well as eligible public entities not requiring sovereign guarantees.

  • What does the AfDB view as important objectives for Private Sector Operations?
    • Employment generation
    • Technology transfer and the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge
    • Generation of foreign exchange earnings and savings
    • Enhancement of value-added products
    • Development of local financial markets
    • Fostering foreign direct investment (FDI) to African countries
  • What criteria are important when the AfDB evaluates a project?
    • The project sponsor’s company(s) must be incorporated in an African country
    • The project sponsor(s) must have at least 30 per cent equity of the total project cost
    • The project must be environmentally sound and comply with the AfDB’s environmental guidelines and the regulations of the respective country
    • Sponsors must have satisfactory track record and financial capacity
    • Evidence of adequate management skills
    • The project must be financially sound
  • Does the AfDB promote smaller scale projects?

The African Development usually provides private sector lines of credit to commercial banks for on lending to the private sector and particularly in their respective countries. This is part of the Bank’s broader promotion of the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The AfDB also contributes to investment funds that are targeted to SME development and smaller scale infrastructure projects.

In addition, the AfDB develops through its Private Sector Window, specific programs for SMEs, which provide a critical mass of technical and financial assistance instruments.

  • What steps do I need to take to have my project reviewed by the AfDB?

Develop an executive summary of the project, including the project description, the sponsors, cost estimates, financing plan, key technical and environmental features, feasibility indicators, business climate and market prospect, and implementation plan.

If the Bank decides that your project meets their requirements, you will be asked to submit a full proposal, which must include a feasibility study, business plan, and environmental impact assessment (depending on the nature of the project).