Policy Documents


Congo Basin Forest Fund - Operational Procedures

In March 2007 and in response to the request of leading African figures involved in the conservation of the Congo Basin rainforest, the British Government announced its intention to contribute an initial amount of GBP 50 million to a Congo Basin Forest Fund. The main purpose of the donation was to provide funding for projects likely to slow down the rate of deforestation, by developing the capacity of people and institutions in the Congo Basin countries3 to manage their forests as well as alleviating poverty by helping the local communities to get appropriate and sustainable livelihoods that...

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: an Updated Gender Plan of Action (UGPOA) 2009 – 2011

Gender equality continues to remain a challenge on the continent, especially within the context of the on-going 3 Fs (Food, Fuel and Financial) crises. In this regard, more recently, the Accra Agenda for Action has specifically outlined that developing countries and donors will continue to ensure that development policies and programmes are designed and implemented to take into consideration the agreed international commitments on gender equality, human rights, disability, and environmental sustainability. In order to accelerate the achievement of results in the area of gender equality, the...

Information Note on the Checklist for Mainstreaming Gender and Climate Change in Projects

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted in 1992, marked the awareness by the international community of the threat of global warming and the need to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere (Art .2). The 1997 Kyoto Protocol - adopted to support the UNFCCC - translated into quantitative legally-binding commitments by the industrialised countries to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), considered as the principal cause of climate warming, by 5.2% between 2008-2012,.

Guidelines on Project Completion Reporting

Project Completion Reports (PCR) are among the final milestones of project implementation and the culmination of regular supervision. PCRs are an essential form of self-assessment and constitute the link between project management and evaluation. They are the Bank’s preferred tool to show concrete results to its shareholders and accumulate knowledge within the institution.

Format for Project Completion Report of Policy Based Lending Operations


Format for Project Competion Report for Technical Assistance Operations


Format for Projet Completion Report

State the major characteristics of project implementation with reference to: adherence to schedules, quality of construction or other work, performance of consultants, effectiveness of Bank supervision, and effectiveness of Borrower oversight. Assess how well the Bank and the Borrower ensured compliance with safeguards.

Policy Guidelines and Procedures for Emergency Relief Assistance

Emergencies refer to unexpected events that result in major physical loss or damage, social and/or economic disruption, and human suffering. The notion of emergency entails the occurrence or imminence of conditions of socio-economic hardship of severe intensity affecting large sections of a country’s population or area. Emergency situations involve disruption of normal livelihood and economic activity, destruction of property, housing and public services; breakdown of industrial, commercial and communications infrastructure; human displacement and loss of life. In such situations, traditional...

Bank Group Capacity Development Strategy

Since the 1990s Africa has made significant and continuous progress in economic growth as evidenced by the average annual growth rate of 5.8 percent before the occurrence of the current financial and economic crisis. The growth has been attributed to various reforms undertaken by African governments to stabilize and liberalize their economies as well as stimulate growth. However, despite substantial progress in reforming the overall policy environment it would appear that many African countries may not achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This is partly attributable to their weak...

Guidance Note - Addressing Sector Governance and Corruption Risk in Infrastructure Projects

Infrastructure investment remains a key priority for the Bank; and is one of the four pillars of its engagement strategy with Regional Member countries. Since its establishment in 1963, approximately 36% of the Bank’s commitments have been devoted to infrastructure (equivalent to USD 52 billion). Further spurred by NEPAD’s impetus, the Bank’s investments in the Sector have increased considerably, accounting for 62% of all Bank approvals.

Environmental Review Procedures for Private Sector Operations of the AfDB

Le Département du secteur privé est un des départements du Bureau de la Vice Présidence des opérations de la Banque. L’activité principale de OPSD consiste à investir dans les projets du secteur privé à travers des prêts, des prises de participation, et autres instruments financiers. Conformément à sa politique, toutes les opérations de OPSD sont réalisées de manière responsable au plan environnemental et social. A cette fin, les projets de OPSD doivent être exécutés dans le respect des politiques environnementales et sociales de la Banque. Dans les secteurs où il n’existe aucune politique ou...

Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures

The African Development Bank issued its Environmental Assessment Guidelines (EAG) in 1992. The guidelines were used by Bank’s Task Managers in implementing Bank’s Environmental Policy, which was approved by the Board of Directors in 1990. In addition to providing definitions of environmental categorization and associated level of environmental assessment required in Bank financed projects, the EAG laid out step-by-step the requirements and responsibilities related to environmental assessment at the various stages in the project cycle.

Integrated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Guidelines

Description The IESIA Guidelines are tools used in the implementation of the Bank’s Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures. The major objective of the IESIA Guidelines is to provide guidance to the staff of the Bank and RMCs on how to adequately consider cross-cutting themes while assessing the environmental and social impacts of a project. These guidelines present the most frequent potential impacts and enhancement/mitigation measures for the considered sub-sector. They also provide a brief summary of external factors and the main hazards that can influence sectoral projects....

Handbook on Stakeholder Consultation and Participation in AfDB Operations

Over the past several years, issues of “participation” have become increasingly important at the African Development Bank. Like other international development institutions, the Bank has recognized that participation is essential to the achievement of its overarching objectives of poverty reduction and sustainable development. Participatory approaches have been shown to enhance project quality, ownership and sustainability; to empower targeted beneficiaries (in particular, women and poor people) and to contribute to long-term capacity-building and self-sufficiency.

Criteria for Cost Sharing Exemption When Financing Eligible Regional Public Goods (RPGs)

ADF 11 negotiations reaffirmed the importance of Performance Based Allocation (PBA), while at the same time yielding a much expanded envelope earmarked for regional operations (ROs) and other investments resulting in cross-border impact. ADF-11 Deputies indicated their strong support for a deeper Bank role in supporting enhanced regional integration. There was also broad recognition that the available finances would be subject to competing priority demands that would substantially outstrip the supply of finance on concessional terms. To this effect and drawing on lessons learnt from the...

Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for the Health Sector

The purpose of the Checklist is to provide Bank staff as well as consultants with a tool to facilitate effective analysis and identification of the gender issues in the health sector, to design appropriate gender sensitive strategies/components, allocations of resources and definition of monitoring indicators through all stages of the project/program cycle. For effective gender analysis and mainstreaming in projects, the Checklists should be used together with the Bank’s Operations Manual and the Environmental and Social Procedures (ESAP). On the use of the ESAP, the preparation of gender-...

Checklist for Gender Mainstreaming in the Education Sector with a Special Focus on Higher Education, Science and Technology Sub-Sector

The objective of the checklist is to provide a practical tool for Bank staff to enhance the mainstreaming of gender issues into the Bank’s projects in the education sector, with specific focus on HEST. Although the Checklist provides a framework for the integration of gender issues in the project cycle not all the proposed actions are appropriate for all situations. They are, therefore, intended to be flexible and adaptable to the goals and objectives of a particular project.

Checklist for Gender Mainstreaming in the Infrastructure Sector

The objective of this checklist is to provide a tool for effective mainstreaming of gender in infrastructure programs and projects to: (i) guide task managers and implementation teams to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate gender-sensitive and responsive infrastructure projects; and (ii) assist RMC projects implementers to become both agents for ensuring effective gender analysis and mainstreaming of gender in Bank supported infrastructure development interventions.

Capital Adequacy Framework and Exposure Management Policy

Please find attached, the revised version of the above‐mentioned document, following the joint AUFI/CODE meeting of January 29th 2009. This version incorporates changes related to comments and feedback received from Board members as well as complementary information requested on the implementation cost and timeline of the capital adequacy framework.

Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF) - Operational Guidelines

The Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF) was established in 1976 at the initiative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to provide concessional financing to the Bank’s Regional Member Countries (RMCs), with particular focus on the poorest among them. It is a special fund administered by the Bank, in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 of the Agreement establishing the Bank. The Bank and the Federal Republic of Nigeria executed an agreement establishing the NTF, detailing the modalities and procedures for the administration of the NTF as well as the terms and conditions applicable to NTF lending...