Partnership overview

Portugal joined the African Development Fund (ADF) in 1982 and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1983. Portugal’s development cooperation sets out to integrate multilateral action to promote development and the achie-vements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), security and human rights. Relations with Africa are one of the essential pillars of Portuguese development strategy.

Portugal/AfDB Cooperation was strengthened in 1985 and 2008 by two Technical Cooperation Agreements, res-pectively to establish a 100 per cent tied (EUR 3.60 million) Technical Cooperation Fund and a 100 per cent untied 2 million euro Trust Fund.

Joint initiatives

The AfDB mainly collaborates with the Ministry of Finance.

In December 2008, a new Technical Cooperation Fund was established for EUR 2 million between Portugal and AfDB. The untied resources focus on the following sectors: private sector development, infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency, good governance and capacity building, agriculture, water and promotion of the Por-tuguese language in the Bank’s operations.

Portugal has provided bilateral support to the AfDB’s institutional capacity building, including targeted training pro-grams and translation of main documents such as the AfDB’s Annual Reports into Portuguese.

Portugal and the Bank also collaborated in a special internship program, whereby 14 Portuguese young professio-nals were seconded to the Bank between 2004 and April 2010.

Portugal contributes to the Debt relief for the poorest countries under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief (MDRI) initiatives.


Mr. Ronald MEYER

Executive Director

Email: r.meyer@afdb.org

Ms. Christine Lewis

Senior Advisor

Email: c.lewis@afdb.org

Mr. Leonce YAPO

Senior Resource Mobilization Officer

Email: l.yapo@afdb.org

Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department