Partnership overview

Belgium joined the African Development Fund (ADF) in 1974 and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1983. It supported the 2010 General Capital Increase VI and ADF-XII replenishment of the African Development Bank Group. The country’s pledge to ADF-XII amounted to UA 94,600,617* (110,670,423.81 euros), increasing by 10 per cent from its ADF-XI contribution. Belgium’s burden share represents 2.06 per cent of ADF-XII.

In terms of bilateral cooperation, the Bank concluded two agreements with the Belgian Federal State and the Walloon Region of Belgium. The country’s development cooperation with Africa targets the following countries: South Africa, Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania.  

The Belgian development policy is based on “human development” through the funding of actions aimed at reducing poverty. Emphasis is placed on the concept of “regional public good”. Over the years, the domains of activities supported by Belgium have been enlarged, entailing health, education, gender, environment, sustainable development, infrastructure, capacity building, food security, debt relief and private sector development.

Joint initiatives

  • In 1975, the Bank signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with the Belgian Federal State to establish a Trust Fund for the financing of pre-investment and feasibility studies for Regional Member Countries. This agreement was broadened in April 1991 to include technical assistance to promote technologies transfer towards recipient countries.
  • Since 1975, the Belgium Trust Fund has financed 140 projects, for a total amount of 22,602,013 euros in various sectors, including infrastructure, environment (fauna protection and promotion of eco-tourism) with a focus on Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region.
  • The most recent bilateral cooperation agreement, signed in 2000, has been closed after a last contribution to the African Legal Support Facility.
  • The grant of the Walloon Region assisted in the strategic reorganization activities of the Bank’s Private Sector that resulted in a new strategy for the private sector department.
  • Belgium is active in donor coordination and harmonization of efforts in capacity building for debt management.

Mr. François Kruger
Executive Director, France
Tel:  (216) 71 10 20 23

Mr. Philippe Nizeyimana
Senior Advisor, Belgium
Tel: (216) 71 10 2130

Mrs. Laurence Gielen
Principal Cooperation Officer
Partnerships and Cooperation Unit (ORRU)
Tel: (216) 71 10 26 41


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