Partnership Overview

France is a long-standing partner of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. France has an ambitious deve-lopment cooperation policy which is focused on infrastructure, regional integration and reduction of fragility. Food security, gender and climate change are also at the forefront of its priorities.

Africa is among the first recipients of French aid and France provided a significant support to the Sahel region where it aims at maintaining stability and reducing fragility and poverty.

France actively supports the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). The country also contributes to several initiatives hosted by the Bank, i.e. the Migration and Development Fund, the African Water Facility (AWF), the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative, and the Secretariat of the «Making Finance Work for Africa». France has also a bilateral fund that can support technical assistance is many sectors. In addition, France is seconding technical assistants in some Bank’s departments, i.e. the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, the AWF, the Sustainable Energy for all (SE4All) Initiative as well as the ALSF.

France implements huge aid programs through the Agence française de Développement (AFD) and Proparco, its private sector-dedicated arm. The AfDB and AFD have a long-standing partnership which has been re-boosted in No-vember 2015, when the two institutions signed a co-financing agreement of EUR 1.5 Billion. The objective of this agreement is to increase co-financing between the two institutions and to pool expertise with the aim of meeting the ambitious roadmap toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AfDB and AFD organize high-level seminars on a yearly basis, and deep-dive exercises where respective operational pipelines are carefully cross-screened.


Mr. Dominique LEBASTARD

Executive Director



Senior Advisor


Mr. Gauthier BOURLARD

Chief Resource Mobilisation Officer


Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department