Partnership overview

The Netherlands joined the African Development Fund (ADF) in 1973 and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1983. Since 1994, the Netherlands has provided bilateral supports to the AfDB’s operations through financial contri-butions, as well as secondment of experts. The areas of priority have been poverty reduction, water and sanitation, private sector, infrastructure and regional integration. AfDB and the Development Bank of The Netherlands are partners under the African Financing Partnership (AFP).

Joint initiatives

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

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers formulation support (PRSPs) - (EUR 1.4 million, 2001-2009)
  • Bilateral Water Sector Program (BWPP) - (US $5 million, 2002-2010)
  • Investment in Alternative Energy Program - (US $5.3 million, 2002-2010)
  • The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) - (EUR 25 million since 2006-2013)
  • Infrastructure Development and Private Sector and Regional integration activities (IPSRI) - (EUR 2.1 million, 2007-2010)
  • Making Finance Work for Africa Secretariat (MFW4A) - (EUR 0.1 million since 2008, ongoing)


Mr. Domenico FANIZZA

Executive Director


Mr. Frieda Margie NICOLAI

Senior Advisor


Mr. Gauthier BOURLARD

Chief Resource Mobilisation Officer


Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department