Partnership overview

The bilateral relations between Finland and the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group date back to 1973 when Finland joined the African Development Fund (ADF).

The first Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Finland and the AfDB and the ADF was signed in May 1988. The fund was replenished several times. The resources were used to finance services of consultants to conduct studies, technical assistance, appraisal or other project preparatory work in the Regional Member Countries (RMC). The focus areas of the Finnish Trust Fund are environment, climate change, adaptation and mitigation, science and technology related to renewable and clean energy, forestry management, evaluation and education.

The Finnish Consultancy Trust Fund financed activities in a variety of sectors, including Climate Change, Water & Sani-tation, Infrastructure, Human Development, Private Sector and Agriculture.

Finland is co-financing a Small Scale Irrigation Project in Zambia with 9.5 million euros channeled through the Finnish Trust Fund. The project objective is to increase food production and household income.

Finland supported youth employability in Tunisia by sharing the Finnish model linking education/training institutions to the socio-economic environment through the Finnish Trust Fund.

Finland is also supporting a long-term gender and education expert in the Bank’s.


Ms. Karin Isaksson

Executive Director


Mr. Christian FOUGNER

Senior Advisor


Ms. Veronica GIARDINA

Principal Cooperation Officer


Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department