Sectoral Policies


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Concerning Continuity of Operations and Engagement with the Facto Governements in Regional Member Countries


AfDB Group Energy Sector Policy

The Energy Sector Policy of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) provides a general framework for the Bank’s operations in the energy sector. The Policy is still under preparation and has built on the Bank Group’s experience, extensive internal and external consultations and analysis of the key issues of concern in the African energy sector. The new Energy Sector Policy replaces the 1994 Energy Policy and constitutes the Bank’s response to the challenge of low access to modern energy services in Africa. It also better reconciles access and sustainability objectives, namely by addressing...

AfDB's Energy Sector Policy - Draft Version

African countries are faced with many challenges in their quest to improve the welfare of their populations, one of which is the lack of access to affordable and reliable modern energy services. It is estimated that only half of the urban population in sub - Saharan Africa has access to electricity; the ratio is only 8% in the rural area. More over, even when modern energy is available, it is expensive and unreliable. If current trends continue, less than half of African countries will reach universal access to electricity by 2050 . Along with South Asia, S ub - Saharan Africa counts the...

Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa

In 2006, the AUC, the UNECA and the AfDB initiated a process for the development of a framework and guidelines for land policy and land reform in Africa with a view to strengthening land rights, enhancing productivity and securing livelihoods for the majority of the continent’s population. That initiative was carried out by way of extensive consultations involving the participation of RECs in all the five regions of the continent, civil society organizations, centres of excellence in Africa and elsewhere, practitioners and researchers in land policy development and implementation, government...

The Bank Group Guidelines on Communicable Diseases

Communicable disease are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Africa, accounting for 63 percent of deaths among children and 48 percent of all premature dea ths. They are the principal causes of death among youth (under 21 years of age). HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are the most serious communicable diseases, causing between 5.7 - 6.0 million annual deaths, mostly in Africa. The impact of other commun icable diseases in Africa is also very significant. Diseases such as Onchocerciasis (river blindness), Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), and Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm...

Education Sector Policy Paper (ESPP)

Many new challenges regarding the development of education in Africa have arisen since the approval of the Bank’s last Education Sector Policy Paper (ESPP) in 1986. To guide its future operations in the education sector, the Bank, therefore, decided to re-define its priorities and strategic approach for its support to the development of education. The new ESPP, which contains a set of guiding principles, priorities, and strategic actions and modalities, defines this new direction.

Bank Group Policy on Good Governance

Over the last few years, the African Development Bank Group (The Bank) has given due recognition to the issue of good governance for two main reasons. First, from broader perspective, good governance, which promotes accountability, transparency, rule of law and participation, is central to creating and sustaining an enabling environment for development. Second, from the Bank’s perspective, it is inextricably related to the efficacy of the investment that it helps to finance, and is in line with the Institution’s vision for sustained African development into the 21st Century.

Forestry Policy Paper


Politique sectorielle en matière de santé

L'on se rappellera que lols de leur réunion du 3 mai dernier, les Conseils ont adopté le document cité en objet (ADBÆD/SD/9685115V.2.6/?Iov.1) et demandé et la version finale dudit document soit approuvée conforrnément à la Procédure de non-objectlon

Transport Sector Policy


Industrial Sector Policy