Sectoral Strategies


2011-2015 - Eastern Africa-Regional Integration Strategy Paper - Draft Version

Regional Integration is at the core of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) mandate and is a key priority area in the Bank’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS), 2008-2012. In keeping with this strategic thrust, the Board approved a Regional Integration Strategy (RIS), 2009-2012, in March 2009, which commits the Bank to preparing Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) to provide an analytical framework for streamlining regional operations (ROs) in the Bank and identify the Regional Public Goods (RPGs) for which the Bank could potentially provide funding support. The timing of the preparation of...

Regional Integration Strategic Framework - Revised

Regional Integration (RI) is defined as or refers to an agglomeration of Member States that cluster on the basis of agreed policies, legal/regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements to pursue and implement, within defined territory/territories, common, joint, coordinated or harmonized policies, projects and programs in a simultaneous, sequential, or phased manner. Alternatively, RI isthe integration of factor and goods markets accompanied by coordination of policy across sovereign jurisdictions within a region to support integration. This can range in depth (the degree of...

Governance Strategic Framework and Action Plan (GAP II) 2014-2018

Governance can be defined as a set of institutions, processes, policies, laws and behaviours that affect the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic, financial and social resources across the public, private and nonstate sectors. Therefore, to secure positive outcomes, governance requires effective involvement of the public, private and non-state actors (the civil society, media, business associations, women groups and the youth etc.) in the affairs of the state. Good governance is a nation’s safeguard to ensure sustainability of development and to secure...

Bank Group Regional Integration Policy And Strategy (RIPoS) 2014–2023

Regional integration is imperative for Africa. Its 54 states need “to create larger, more attractive markets, to link landlocked countries, including countries in fragile situations, to international markets (so as to participate in and share the benefits of an increasingly connected global marketplace) and to support intra-African trade” (AfDB 2013a). The continent’s growing middle class and its youthful population could become key sources of demand for producers of goods and services as expansion in African retail and financial services has demonstrated. With the appropriate skills,...

Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa- The AfDB Group Strategy 2014–2019

This document presents the African Development Bank Group (the Bank) Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in its regional member countries for the period 2014–2019. Anchored in the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (2013–2022), it builds on and replaces the 2008 Strategy for Enhanced Engagement in Fragile States, taking into account lessons learned during its implementation and the recommendations of OPEV’s evaluation. It also reflects the evolving international consensus on partnership modalities for addressing fragility as expressed in the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile...

Draft Financial Sector Development Policy and Strategy 2014-2019 – Revised

The financial sector—the lifeblood of the continent’s real economy—has had an important role in Africa’s recent progress. And it is vital to achieving inclusive growth and the transition to green growth, the two strategic objectives of the Strategy for 2013–2022 of the African Development Bank Group (the Bank Group). But the absence of deep, efficient financial markets constrains economic growth: limited access to finance lowers welfare and hinders the alleviation of poverty and the emergence of a middle class, while implementing monetary policy in a context of shallow markets is costly and...

Report on Professionalized Rural Service Areas (PRSA) for Water and Sanitation

The Professionalized Rural Service Areas (PRSA) is a new strategy for improving rural water supply performance along multiple dimensions, designed to increase investment, improve sustainability, increase cost recovery, and augment household satisfaction. It is derived from recent successful implementation in diverse settings around the world of the concepts of aggregation of service areas and participation of the domestic private sector.

AfDB Human Capital Strategy for Africa 2014-2018

The Human Capital Strategy2014–2018 reflects the efforts of a diverse group of experts both inside and outside the African Development Bank. The report was prepared by the African Development Bank Group’s Human Development Department (OSHD). It reflects inputs from staff across many departments, including Agriculture and Agro-Industries (OSAN), Development Research (EDRE), NEPAD and Regional Integration and Trade (ONRI), Private Sector Operations (OPSM), Operation Resources and Policy (ORPC), Water and Sanitation (OWAS), Strategy (STRG) and Quality Assurance and Results (ORQR), as well as the...

2014-2018 - Bank Group Gender Strategy

This Gender Strategy is based on the reality that gender equality is integral to Africa’s economic and social development and thus is a central part of the Bank’s ambitious vision for Africa. The vision includes creating opportunities for women, disadvantaged and marginalised people, and communities so they can participate in, and benefit from, the development of their communities and nations. It is this inclusive growth and social cohesion that will lead to peaceful, stable and vibrant societies.

November 2013 - Progress report on the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan 2011–2015

The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of the African Development Bank (AfDB, or Bank) sets out the path towards climateresilient, low-carbon development for Africa and provides guidance for improved access to climate finance. It calls for the establishment of an enabling environment for addressing climate change, policy and institutional reforms and capacity development to ensure effective implementation of the adaptation and mitigation actions. The cross-sectoral nature of the climate change challenge requires a high level of commitment by different departments within the Bank and by...

2014-2018 - Governance Strategic Direction and Action Plan(GAP II) - Draft Report for External Consultation

Governance can be defined as a set of processes, policies, laws, behaviours, and institutions that affect the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic, financial and social resources. The principles of good governance according to the Bank include accountability, transparency, participation, combating corruption, and an enabling legal and judicial framework. In the light of these principles, the Bank prepared its first Governance Strategic Directions and Action Plan (GAP I) in 2008 to support good governance in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs).

2013-2017 - Private Sector Development Strategy

A vibrant private sector1 is the engine of growth which generates decent jobs and creates increased opportunities for more inclusive and green growth. While government can empower poor people through regulation, funding and providing public goods, private initiative can also provide services and generate muchneeded employment. A large and formal private sector can also be a strong advocate for policy reform and a force for good governance, establishing a virtuous circle in which an improving business environment brings private sector growth, which in turn strengthens governance reforms.

2013-2015 - Information Technology Strategy

Since the implementation and customization of SAP and the Bank’s temporary relocation to Tunis, the Bank has expanded in many areas, such as people, locations and products, with appropriate shifts in business focus and processes. Investment in IT now needs to be expanded to match the pace of the Bank’s growth, as the current infrastructure capacity and capability is struggling to meet the current and emerging needs of the organization.

Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2011-2015

Improving the lives of the poor and stabilizing the earth’s climate are two intertwined challenges for the 21st century. Climate change is a global issue that affects different regions of the world to different extents. For Africa, where many economies depend largely on rain-fed agriculture, growing numbers of increasingly severe climate events (flood and drought) threaten production and food security. Climate change is depleting Africa’s renewable natural resources: land, water and forests. Growing water scarcity, particularly where many bodies of water cross national boundaries, not only...

Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development - An Action Plan for Africa 2011-2015 in Brief

The central and strategic role that agriculture plays in Africa’s development makes the sector the key to economic growth, enhanced living standards, poverty reduction, and increased food security. Indeed, all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have direct orindirectlinkages to agriculture. Itis forthese reasons thatin 2003, the African Heads of State and Government adopted an African owned and led initiative, namely the Comprehensive Africa AgriculturalDevelopment Program (CAADP), to assist African countries to revitalize agriculture growth as a strategy to combat poverty and hunger.

Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development - An Action Plan for Africa 2011-2015 - Full Version

Agriculture is a crucial sector for reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. Indeed, all the MDGs have direct or indirect linkages to agriculture. That is why in 2003, and as part of the continent’s renewal, African Heads of State and Government adopted an Africa-owned and led initiative, namely the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), to assist their countries to revitalize agriculture development as a strategy for achieving the prime Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of hungry and poor by 2015. We are happy...

Review of the Bank’s ICT Operations Strategy and Action Plan for the Medium Term 2012-2014

In October 2008, the Boards of Directors of the Bank Group approved the ICT Operations Strategy with the aim of promoting access to and use of ICT in support of poverty reduction and economic growth of Regional Member Countries. The strategy’s goals are to support the development of regional and national broadband infrastructure and create the enabling policy and regulatory environment to attract private investment and encourage public-private partnerships. Key cross-cutting concerns include capacity building, coordination with others, and knowledge management and sharing. In 2008, the Board...

AfDB Group Private Sector Development Strategy 2012-2017

As the Continent’s primary development finance institution, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) has elevated Private Sector Development (PSD) as one of its core corporate priorities. The Bank-wide PSD Policy commits the AfDB to supporting PSD, for broad-based, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, development, and social well-being in all its Regional Member Countries (RMCs) individually and jointly. The Policy recognizes the critical role that the private sector has to play in supporting RMCs’ efforts to tackle major development challenges. Its core objective is to harness African...

2012-2016 - AfDB’s Human Capital Development Strategy - Draft version

This approach paper provides a framework for Bank’s investments in human capital development within the context of the Mid-Term Strategy (MTS) and forthcoming corporate Long Term Strategy (LTS). Serving as a discussion paper, it focuses on areas where the Bank can exploit its comparative advantages, while maintaining flexibility and selectivity so that the Bank can quickly respond to new and emerging challenges in Africa. Following broad multi-stakeholder consultations both within and outside the Bank, this paper will be the basis for the Bank’s first Human Development Strategy, identifying...

2011-2015 - Southern Africa - Regional Integration Strategy Paper

Regional integration has been a longstanding goal of the African Development Bank, an ideal that featured prominently in the 1964 Agreement that established the institution. Increasingly, African countries are realizing the relevance of regional integration to economic growth and Africa’s role in the global economy. Yet, the persistent hard and soft constraints on effective integration – the poorly developed network of regional infrastructure, especially in transport, energy and communications, and the unsuitable array of legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks – cannot be ignored.