Windmill in Netherlands


Partnership overview

The Netherlands joined the African Development Fund in 1973 and the African Development Bank in 1983. Since 1994, the Netherlands has provided bilateral supports to the Bank’s operations through financial contributions, as well as secondment of experts. Priority areas have been poverty reduction and fragility, water and sanitation, private sector, infrastructure and regional integration, and jobs creation. The Bank and the Development Bank of The Netherlands are partners under the African Financing Partnership.

Joint initiatives

The Netherlands has played a key role in establishing the following initiatives:

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers formulation support - (EUR 1.4 million, 2001-2009)
  • Bilateral Water Sector Program - (US $5 million, 2002-2010)
  • Investment in Alternative Energy Program - (US $5.3 million, 2002-2010)
  • The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative - (EUR 25 million since 2006-2013)
  • Infrastructure Development and Private Sector and Regional integration activities - (EUR 2.1 million, 2007-2010)
  • Making Finance Work for Africa Secretariat - (EUR 0.1 million since 2008)


Map of Netherlands




Mr. Domenico Fanizza
Executive Director

Mr. Pim De Keizer
Senior Advisor

Mr. Gauthier Bourlard
Chief Resource Mobilization Officer

Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department

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