United Kingdom

 Partnership overview

The United Kingdom joined the African Development Fund (ADF) on June 20, 1973 and became a member of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on April 29, 1983.

Since the 1970s, DFID has provided secondments and technical assistants to enhance the quality of Bank’s opera-tions. The most recent secondments and technical assistants financed by DFID have been in financial management, climate change, governance, and infrastructure.

The U.K., through DFID, contributes to the following multi-donor trust funds and initiatives:

  • The African Water Facility (AWF) (GBP 15 million) – The AWF was established in 2005 to assist African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water sector in line with the African Water Vision (AWV) and the Framework for Action (FFA).
  • Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) (GBP 50 million) – The CBFF was established in 2008 to support innovative and transformational approaches geared towards:
  • Developing the capacity of the people and institutions in the countries of the Congo Basin to enable them to effectively manage their forests;
  • Helping local communities find livelihoods that are consistent with sustainable conservation of forests; and
  • Reducing the rate of deforestation through new financial mechanisms and appropriate models.
  • Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) (GBP 1.5 million) – ICA was launched at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to support the scaling up of investment for infrastructure development in Africa from both public and private sources.
  • NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) (GBP 6 million) – NEPAD-IPPF was established in 2005 to support the preparation of viable and bankable regional infrastructure projects and programs in Africa. The aim is to attract more public and private investments for the development of infrastructure to the benefit of the Regional Member Countries of the Bank.
  • Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Zim-Fund) (GBP 10 million) – Zim-Fund was established in 2010 to contribute to early recovery and development efforts in Zimbabwe. The thematic scope of the Fund initially focuses on infrastructure investments in water & sanitation, and energy.
  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Countries in Transition (TFT) (GBP 2.4 million) – TFT was established in 2012 to respond to the imminent needs of the transformational period in North African region, particularly Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, after the Arab Spring.
  • Somalia Infrastructure Trust Fund (SIF) (US$1.8m) – SIF is part of a comprehensive, coherent and coordinated mul-ti-partner initiative to assist Somalia in consolidating peace and moving along a path of long-term development. The Somali New Deal COMPACT, endorsed in Brussels in September 2013 by the Federal Government of Somalia and its international partners, sets out a commitment to implementing a strategy that brings together development, humanitarian, diplomatic and peace-keeping stakeholders around common goals.
  • The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, also known as SEFA (GBP 10 million)– DfiD supports the Green Mini-Grid Regional Facility for Africa. These funds will be used to support SEFA’s enabling environment activities expected to catalyze investments in commercially viable clean energy mini-grids across the continent.


Mr. Domenico Fanizza

Executive Director

Email: d.fanizza@afdb.org

Ms. Margie NICOLAI

Senior Advisor

Email: f.nicolai@afdb.org

Ms. Veronica GIARDINA

Principal Cooperation Officer

Email: v.giardina@afdb.org

Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department