Projects & Operations



2006 - Zambia - Country Gender Profile

Zambia, which until two decades ago, was one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, now ranks as one of the least developed countries. More fundamentally, however, the failure of Zambia’s economy over the past thirty years, evidenced by a per capita GDP that is only a fraction of the level at independence, has had the most telling effect on poverty on the country. Since independence in 1964, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of the Country, developed the economy based on copper exports. His one-party government system saw an average annual economic growth of 2.5%,...

2005 - Lesotho - Country Gender Profile

The Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) of the Government of Lesotho (GOL) is the national development framework and medium term plan covering the period of 2004-2007 with the Medium Term Expenditure framework (MTEF) facilitating a link between the PRS and the annual planning and budgeting process. The PRS recognizes gender as one of the three critical cross-cutting issues for poverty reduction in Lesotho. The Bill of Rights of the Lesotho Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex but exempts customary law from the non-discriminatory principle. Consequently, customary law, common...

2005 - Malawi - Country Gender Profile

The Constitution of Malawi upholds equality between men and women, and prohibits sexbased discrimination. The government (GOM) has reiterated its commitment to promote gender equality by signing regional and international conventions on protecting women and children. The Government has also put in place a National Gender Policy and a national Gender Program for the implementation of the Policy. The Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (MPRSP) and the Malawi Economic Growth Strategy (MEGS) provide a mid term planning tool within which the gender policy and the NGP is implemented.

2004 - Ethiopia - Country Gender Profile

The concept for a country gender profile originated during discussions with the Women’s Affairs Office in Ethiopia late 2002. The Bank subsequently followed up on it and received financial support from the Finland Bilateral Funds for the preparation of the MCGP. The mission for the preparation of this MCGP was undertaken during October 2003. The goal of the Ethiopia MCGP is to identify the short and long term gender issues to be addressed and mainstreamed in Bank Group interventions and which are pertinent to poverty reduction and sustainable development in Ethiopia. The MCGP is, however, not...

2008-2012 - Equatorial Guinea - Country Strategy Paper

This Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2008-2012 of the African Development Bank (the Bank) for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (REG) is designed to support the country’s National Economic and Social Development Plan (NESDP) known as "Equatorial Guinea 2020: Agenda for the diversification of sources of growth". The NESDP defines the national priorities for eliminating poverty and making the REG an emerging country by 2020, i.e. a "centre for attracting foreign direct investments that generates strong economic growth and successfully integrates into the world economy on account of its export...

2009 - Zimbabwe - Short-Term Strategy

Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of the region is now a net importer of food. It remains in crisis, with serious economic and social consequences. Hyperinflation, peaking at some 500 billion percent in September 2008 effectively destroyed the Zimbabwe dollar; the country now operates with the US dollar and SA Rand. This was fuelled by the Reserve Bank’s quasi-fiscal activities including election related expenses, transfers to parastatals, subsidised directed lending and forex allocations, were estimated at some 46% of GDP in 2008. At end 2008, there was a current account deficit of 28% of GDP...

2009-2013 - Mauritius - Country Strategy Paper (Draft Version)

This Country Strategy Paper (CSP) presents the Bank’s support program for Mauritius for the period 2009-2013. It responds to increased interest from the Government of Mauritius in engaging with the Bank and for a scaled-up lending program. With the ongoing global recession as a backdrop, the Government is facing unprecedented challenges and has turned to the Bank for timely support. The strategy has been developed in consultation with the Government and is linked to the national development priorities as set forth in the “Vision 2020: The National Long-Term Perspective Study”. Since...

2009-2011 - Eritrea - Country Strategy Paper

Eritrea, one of the youngest nations in the world, gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after 30 years of debilitating war. The post independence period was characterized by rapid development in both social and economic fronts, but the border war with Ethiopia that erupted in 1998, lasting until 2000, reversed some of the gains that were made. Since then, the country has been suffering from macroeconomic imbalances and its trade activities, which were behind the strong economic performance during the postindependence period, have been badly disrupted. The situation has been made...

2007-2011 - Egypt - Country Strategy Paper Mid-Term Review Progress Report

Approved by the Board of Directors on 4th April 2007, the 2007-2011 Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Egypt (ADB/BD/WP/2007/10) was developed in full alignment with the Government of Egypt’s Vision 2022 and its development agenda as set out in the Fifth Five-Year National Development Plan (NDP5) covering the period 2002-2007 (see Annex I)1 . Consistent with the development agenda, the CSP supports the Government’s principal aim of fostering private sector-led growth combined with the modernization of the Egyptian economy and its integration into the global economy.

2007 - Tunisia - Country Portfolio Performance Review Report

This report summarizes the main results of the performance assessment of the Bank’s portfolio in Tunisia, following a portfolio review mission from 23 April to 28 May 2008. It is intended to inform the Board of Directors on the performance of the Bank’s Portfolio in Tunisia since the last review conducted in December 20051 , as well as make recommendations to improve the portfolio quality so as to achieve the expected outcomes of the various projects.

2009 - Libya - Country Engagement Note

Though a founding and relatively large shareholder of the African Development Bank, Libya has never borrowed from the Bank Group. Hence, the Bank Group’s operational engagement with the country has been limited to non-lending activities, mainly studies.

2005-2009 - São Tomé & Príncipe-Completion Report on the Country Strategy Paper

This report assesses the results obtained in 2009 by Sao Tome and Principe (STP) following the implementation of the 2005-2009 Country Strategy Paper (CSP). During the CSP review, the Boards expressed concern about the poor macro-economic performance in 2004, reflected by a budget deficit of 20.6% of GDP, an inflation rate of 15% and a current account balance deficit of 61.5% of GDP. However, they welcomed the progress made in economic reforms, which led to the adoption of a three-year support programme by the IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) in August 2005. They urged the...

2008-Country Portfolio Performance Assessment (PPA)

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2009-2013 - Namibia - Country Strategy Paper

The Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Namibia, 2009-2013 is the Bank’s medium term strategy aimed at assisting the country to address its development challenges in a coordinated and consultative manner. The Bank Group priority areas in the CSP are aligned with the country’s development agenda as enunciated in the Third National Development Plan (NDP3) which was approved by the Government in June 2008. The CSP has three major pillars: enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector through the development of capacity and infrastructure (rail and road transport, energy and water); investing...

2005-2007 - Cape Verde - Based Country Strategy Paper-Results

This completion report has two main aims: (i) to assess the results obtained by the Bank in Cape Verde through the implementation of the 2005-2007 Result-based Country Strategy Paper (RBCSP)1 ; and (ii) to draw lessons for the Bank’s future strategy for intervention in the Republic of Cape Verde. This report reflects the outcome of discussions conducted with the country’s authorities, the development partners and civil society, and is based on information gathered by a Bank mission conducted in Cape Verde from 23 to 31 July 2008.

Multinational - Study on the Road - Rail Bridge Between Kinshasa and Brazzaville and the Kinshasa - Ilebo Railroad

Under their cooperation within the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RC) decided on the implementation of a project involving the construction of a bridge across the Congo River to link the capitals of the two countries, and of a 1,015 km railway to connect the cities of Kinshasa and Ilebo in the DRC. In order to build these infrastructures, ECCAS, on behalf of the two governments, submitted to the Bank a request for the financing of the study on the road-railway bridge between Kinshasa...

2008 - Ghana - Country Gender Profile

The development of this Country Gender Profile (CGP) was discussed with the Government of Ghana (GoG) in 2006. Subsequently the Government request was received in March of the same year. The main goal of the CGP, which has a multi-sectoral coverage, is to present data and analysis for better informing policy formulation and program development. Its specific objectives are to (i) provide gender analyses of key sectors, policies, legal frameworks and institutions; (ii) assess progress made and challenges faced in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women in the country; (iii) present...

2008-Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA)

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Côte d'Ivoire - Public Expenditure Management and Financial Accountability Review - PEMFAR (Finalized in November 2008)

This joint report is the fruit of the permanent dialogue and coordination between the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the major multilateral technical and financial partners in the area of public expenditure management. It was prepared under the leadership of the World Bank with the participation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Development Bank (ADB) and the European Commission (EC). The report has a triple objective. First of all, in terms of the Government, it is intended to encourage the development and implementation of a Government Action Plan for improving Public...

2008-2011 - Burundi - Country Strategy Paper

The last CSP for Burundi covered the period 2005 to 2007. This CSP is for the period 2008 to 2011. It assesses the country’s development prospects and challenges, the Government’s strategic options, and the role that the Bank could play, in collaboration with the Government and other development partners, in helping the country realize its development goals. In particular, (a) what results are to be achieved and how to deliver them, (b) how the balance between knowledge and lending will be addressed, and (c) how to work closely with development partners.