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.
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)
- 01/09/2018 Could the future of food in the world depend on what Africa does with agriculture?
- 20/08/2018 African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to deliver public lectures at FAO in Rome and at Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands.
- 28/05/2014 AfDB charges Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. US $5.7 million in monetary sanction for corrupt practices
- 07/03/2013 AfDB: Development Must Not be a Footnote
- 07/03/2013 The Future of International Development: Official Development Assistance and Beyond - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka