Policy Documents

26-Mar-2015

Assessment of the use of “Country Systems” for environmental and social safeguards and their implications for AfDB-financed operations in Africa

FOREWORD Welcome to the second issue of the African Development Bank’s Safeguards and Sustainability Series that offers insights and knowledge pieces produced by the Quality Assurance and Results Department and other Bank units on environmental and social sustainability, climate change and green growth in the context of Africa’s development. Africa is growing faster than most parts of world. This growth is sustained by its great endowments with natural resources which are constantly decreasing because of unsustainable use, ill-planned economic and urban development and climate change, we...
30-Jan-2015

Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the Strategy for addressing Fragility and building resilience in Africa and for the Transition Support Facility

In June 2014, the Boards of Directors of the Bank Group approved a Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa, 2014-2019 (hereafter the “Strategy”)1 . The Strategy updates and replaces the previous Strategy for Engagement in Fragile States (SEEFS), which was approved by the Boards in 2008.2 The Strategy is intended to give life to the priority given to addressing fragility in the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS)3 and reflects the lessons learned from the implementation of the SEEFS, international experience, and the report of the High Level Panel on Fragile States.
17-Apr-2014

Establishment of the Africa Climate Change Fund

In 2013, the African Development Bank approved its 2013 - 2022 s trategy, which is designed to place the Bank at the centre of Africa’s transformation and to improve the quality of Africa’s growth. This 10 - year s trategy focus es on two objectives: inclusive growth and the transition to green growth. Priorities for achiev ing green growth include building resilience to climate shocks, providing sustainable infrastructure, creating ecosystem services and making efficient and sustainable use of natural resources (particularly water, which is central to growth and most affecte d by climate...
10-Apr-2014

Regional Operations Selection and Prioritization Framework (Revised Framework)

Regional integration is a fundamental element of the African Development Bank Group’s core activities and one of the African Development Fund’s core priorities. This strategic focus on regional integration is well aligned with African countries’ own strong commitment to advancing the regional agenda that is indispensable to their trade, growth and the reduction of poverty. Competitiveness and productiv ity can be improved — and significant economic and welfare gains achieved — by addressing bottlenecks in both hard, or physical, infrastructure and soft infrastructure such as regulatory...
11-Feb-2014

Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures for AfDB Public Sector Operations - June 2001

Since the adoption of the Bank’s Environmental Policy and Environmental Assessment Guidelines in 1990 and 1992 respectively, many changes have occurred in the Bank’ structure and operations. Some major changes included the creation of the Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit (OESU) in 1996, adoption or review of several policies and new focus on mainstreaming crosscutting issues into Bank’s operations. As a result work was undertaken to review and update the current environmental assessment procedural guidelines and harmonize them with policies and practices in other multilateral...
08-Jan-2014

AfDB’S Integrated Safeguards System - Policy Statement and Operational Safeguards

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) 1 presents its Integrated Safeguards System, a cornerstone of its strategy to promote growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Safeguards are a powerful tool for identifying risks, reducing development costs and improving project sustainability, thus benefiting affected communities and helping to preserve the environment. With this Integrated Safeguards System the Bank will be better equipped to address emerging environmental and social development challenges. The Integrated Safeguards System not only promotes best practices...
04-Nov-2013

Climate Finance Tracking Guidance Manual - Energy Sector

Financial resources from a variety of public and private sources have been, and will continue to be, committed to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. While there is a wide agreement that rapid and successful deployment of this international public finance is a critical first step in allowing developing countries to adapt to climate change and pursue actions tha t will allow them to move onto a low carbon development pathway, it is also widely recognized, in particular by developing countries, the need to track and report financial flows that support climate change mitigation and...
04-Nov-2013

Climate Finance Tracking Guidance Manual - Transport Sector

Financial resources from a variety of public and private sources have been, and will continue to be, committed to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. While there is wide agreement that rapid and successful deployment of this international public finance is a critical first step in allowing developing countries to adapt to climate change and pursue actions that will allow them to move onto a low carbon development pathway, it is also widely recognized, in particular by developing countries, the need to track and report financial flows that support climate change mitigation and...
23-Oct-2013

Climate Finance Tracking Guidance Manual - Agriculture Sector

Financial resources from a variety of public and private sources have been, and will continue to be, committed to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. While there is wide agreement that rapid and successful deployment of this international public finance is a critical first step in allowing developing countries to adapt to climate change and pursue actions that will allow them to move onto a low carbon development pathway, it is also widely recognized, in particular by developing countries, the need to track and report financial flows that support climate change mitigation and...
23-Oct-2013

Climate Finance Tracking Guidance Manual - Water Sector

Financial resources from a variety of public and private sources have been, and will continue to be, committed to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. While there is a wide agreement that rapid and successful deployment of this international public finance is a critical first step in allowing developing countries to adapt to climate change and pursue actions that will allow them to move onto a low carbon development pathway, it is also widely recognized, in particular by developing countries, the need to track and report financial flows that support climate change mitigation and...
22-May-2013

Private Sector Development Policy of the AfDB Group

The African Development Bank Group ( ‘the Bank Group’) views its support for private sector development as the principal means to fulfil its mandate to “ contribute to the sustainable economic development and social progress of its regional member s individually and jointly. ” I n promoting private sector development the Bank Group aims to contribute to strong and inclusive economic growth that will lead to economic transformation and sustainable development. Th e Private Sector Development Policy will ensure that the bulk of the Bank Group's financing and non - financing activities...
03-Feb-2013

DAI Staff Handbook

Most information generated or received by the Bank will be made public, except information on the list of exceptions in para graph 3.3 of the DAI policy and Appendix 2 of this Handbook . As a result , certain information not subject to disclos ure under the previous policy will now become public information. Notably, o ver a sufficient time horizon, most information in the Bank ’s possession will be disclosed, either proactively or on request. The categories of information that will routinely be made available to the public include (i) operation s information, (ii) Board reports, (iii) annual...
28-Jan-2013

Bank Group Policy on Disclosure and Access to Infomation - In Effect Since 3rd February 2013

The African Development Bank Group decided as a matter of priority to revise its 2005 Policy on disclosure of information to further re-affirm its com- mitment to the principles of good governance, particularly transparency, ac- countability and sharing of information in its operations. The revision of this policy is also part of the institutional reform commitments made to shareholders during negotiations of the Sixth General Capital Increase (GCI) of the African Development Bank and the Twelfth Replenishment of the African Development Fund in 2010.
06-Dec-2012

The Bank Group’s Participation in the Middle East and North Africa Transition Fund

Established under the French G8 Chair in May 2011, the Deauville Partnership has committed to support the reform process in Arab countries in transition. The MENA Transition Fund (“MENA T F ”) conceived by the US G8 Chair in 2012, is one of the key ways to support the reform process. The MENA TF will be a unique grant financing facility designed to complement existing bilateral and multilateral programs. The MENA TF, for which the World Bank wi ll serve as the trustee, will provide funding for technical cooperation and pilot projects to support policy reform. To access funding under the MENA...
12-Oct-2012

Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations

The African Development Bank’s ( AfDB’s ) formal engagement with civil society began with the first AfDB/NGO consultative meeting, held in Abidjan in 1990 . Following th at meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a set of procedures, mechanisms , and guidelines to orient its coopera tion with non governmental organizations (NGOs). The Bank revised t he policy in 2000 to reflect it s enhanced commitment to this cooperatio n, focus ing on civil society more broad ly, rather than just NGOs . A joint committee was established in 2000 t o guide and facilitate the Bank ’s collaboration with...
21-Sep-2012

Staff Guidance on Project Completion Reporting and Rating

1 Staff Guidance on Project Completion Reporting and Rating I. Purpose and Scope The purpose of this note is to present the new approach to project reporting and rating at the completion stage applicable to public sector operations financed by the African Development Bank Group (ADB or the Bank). It includes a revised Project Completion Report (PCR) template and technical guidance to staff for undertaking the PCR rating 1 . The new PCR complements and completes the set of quality assurance tools adopted by the Bank to guide project reporting and rating throughout the operational cycle. These...
29-Aug-2012

AfDB Group Energy Sector Policy - Draft

This new Energy Sector Policy provide s a general framework for the Bank Group’s energy sector operations. It has a dual objective : (i) to support R egional M ember C ountrie s (RMCs) in their efforts to provide all of their populations and productive sectors with access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services; and (ii) to help RMCs develop their energy sector in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
22-Aug-2012

AfDB Group Energy Sector Policy - Draft - Matrix of Questions & Answers

The draft Energy Sector Policy was discussed by a first CODE in June 2011. The comments received from the discussion were incorporated in the draft document that received clearance for external consultations. The consultations took place from July to September 2011 and included workshops and posting of the document on the Bank’s website. The first meeting was held in Khar toum, Sudan, from 3 - 5 July 2011 for the Eastern Africa region and the second one in Dakar from 16 - 17 August 2011 for Northern, Western and Central Africa regions. Participants from 23 countries, representing stakeholders...
14-Jun-2012

Policy for Integrated Water Resources Management

The water sector is expected to fulfil social, environmental and economic needs. In a context of growing water scar city exacerbated by rapid population growth and urbanization, misallocation of resour ces, environmental degradation, and mismanagement of water resources, the Bank Group and its Regional Member Countries (RMCs) face new challenges wh ich call for a new approach to water resources management. Water is a singl e resource with many competing uses. Experience has amply demonstrated that wa ter management is complex and multi-level and requires a comprehensive framework. This...
28-May-2012

AfDB Private Sector Development Policy-Draft

The African Development Bank Group views s upport for private sector development and assistance to build capable and responsive states as the principal means to fulfil its mandate to “contribute to the sustainable economic de velopment and social progress of its regional member countries individually and jointly.” This Private Sector Development Policy will ensure that the bulk of the Bank Group's projec ts and policy-based operations contribute directly to strengthening the privat e sector throughout the continent.