Special Initiatives

22-May-2012

Zimbabwe - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The summary below captures the main points that were discussed during the Zimbabwe consultation meeting and is not intended to be a detailed set of minutes for the meeting. The comments have been summarized along the main thematic areas that were discussed.
22-May-2012

Zambia - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The Minister of Finance and National Planning (MoFNP), Honourable Alexander Chikwanda delivered the opening address. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Abraham Mwenda, Permanent Secretary, MoFNP and attended by representatives from government, private sector, civil society, academia, cooperating partners as well as other key stakeholders. The Chair invited reflections on how the AfDB can build on its solid achievements to date and better support and accompany its regional member countries over the next decade.
22-May-2012

Uganda - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The summary below captures the main points that were discussed during the Uganda national consultation meeting in Kampala, and is not intended to be a detailed set of minutes for the meeting. Delegates from four countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) and the East Africa Community Secretariat (EAC) participated in these consultations. The comments have been summarized along the following thematic areas: (i) Context and Drivers of change; (ii) Vision for Africa for the next decade; (iii) Operational focus for the African Development Bank; (iv) Financing; and (v) Institutional reform.
22-May-2012

Togo - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The summary below captures the main points that were discussed during the Togo national consultation meeting in Lomé, and is not intended to be a detailed set of minutes for the meeting. The comments have been summarized along the following thematic areas: (i) Context and drivers of change; (ii) Vision for Africa for the next decade; (iii) Operational focus for the Bank; (iv) Financing; and (v) Institutional reform.
22-May-2012

Sudan - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The summary below captures the main points that were discussed during the Sudan consultation meeting and is not intended to be a detailed set of minutes for the meeting. The comments have been summarized along the main thematic areas that were discussed.
04-May-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Unique Opportunity for Africa: Architecting the Synergy between Existing Information Technologies

The aim of this Brief is to outline how the coherent use of several existing information technologies can significantly accelerate the achievement of the vision stated in the Bank’s Long-Term Strategy (LTS).
04-May-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Green Growth: Perspectives for Africa and the AfDB in the 21st Century

In the international development discourse, Green Growth and the related concept of a Green Economy are gaining increasing attention among decision-makers and development practitioners. Spearheaded by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a range of definitions have emerged (Box 1). These definitions generally share the recognition that current economic models are too limited, given the persistence of poverty, social inequalities, pollution and environmental degradation, and the additional challenge of climate...
17-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Socioeconomic Development

The African economies underwent one of the longest uninterrupted episodes of high growth (above 6% on average) ever experienced on the continent during the 2000s. This was partly the result of the unwinding of the powerful State in strategic sectors, notably through the privatization of state-owned corporations, and partly through the adoption of supportive macroeconomic policies that recognized the importance of robust incentives for domestic and foreign producers and for investors. The economies, from the various regions of the continent, opened up increasingly to international markets,...
17-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Assessment of COP 17: Implications for Africa and the Bank

From 28 November-13 December, 2011, at the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol in Durban, Africa spoke with a single voice. The Africa Group of Negotiators and presentations at the Africa Pavilion presented a shared African position on climate change focused on Africa’s specific priorities and concerns. In this brief, we assess the COP 17 and present its implications for Africa and the African Development Bank.
13-Apr-2012

Central Africa Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The summary below captures the main points discussed during the Central African regional consultation meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and is not a detailed set of minutes. The comments have been summarized and organized according into five thematic areas: (i) Context and Drivers of Change; (ii) Vision for Africa for the next decade; (iii) Operational Focus for the Bank; (iv) Financing, and (v) Institutional Reform.
13-Apr-2012

East Africa Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The summary below captures the main points discussed during the East Africa consultation meeting and is not a detailed set of minutes. The comments have been summarized and organized into five thematic areas. In his opening remark, Minister Abraham lauded the Bank for the timeliness of the initiative and the participatory approach adopted to ensure wider ownership of the Long Term Strategy.
13-Apr-2012

Non-Regional Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The summary below captures the main points discussed during the non-regional consultation meeting but is not a detailed set of minutes. Comments have been summarized into the five princiapl thematic areas that were discussed.
13-Apr-2012

West Africa Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The summary below captures the main points discussed during the West African regional consultation meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and is not a detailed set of minutes. The comments have been summarized and organized according into five thematic areas: (i) Context and Drivers of Change; (ii) Vision for Africa for the next decade; (iii) Operational Focus for the Bank; (iv) Financing, and (v) Institutional Reform.
10-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Income Inequality in Africa

This brief examines the problem of income inequality in Africa. Specifically, it addresses its trend and variations as well as the role of the African Development Bank in tackling it. Africa accounts for a large share of the world’s people living in absolute poverty. Its share of the world’s poor rose from just below 20% to close to 25% (Kayizzi-Mugerwa, 2001). Nearly 50% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa lives on less than US$ 1 a day today: the world’s highest rate of extreme poverty in the world.
10-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Africa's Demographic Trends

10-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Private Sector Development Strategy

No government can rely exclusively and indefinitely on redistributive development models when the majority of its population remains economically marginal. Broad based and accelerated growth is critical for job creation and a sound fiscal system could produce revenue flows that would enable governments to channel resources into socio-economic infrastructure and basic social services for those that are most vulnerable. Such growth, which must be inclusive to forge social cohesion, requires widespread access to economic opportunities. A dynamic private sector is critical to achieving the...
10-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Higher Education , Science and Technology

In 2008, the African Development Bank adopted a strategy to transform African systems of higher education to develop human capital. By training scientists, engineers and graduate technicians, African economies could increase their competitiveness in all sectors. The Bank focused its investments in higher education, science and technology (HEST). The strategy marked a shift away from the earlier focus on pre-tertiary education.
10-Apr-2012

Briefing Note for AfDB’s Long-Term Strategy - Inclusive Growth Agenda

In the past decade, Africa’s economic growth rates have averaged 5.2% per annum. While this is an improvement over the 3.6% per annum for the five years between 1994 and 1999, poverty levels remain challenging. The majority of poor people (72%) are young (15-24 years); for them, unemployment, particularly for youth unemployment, remains high in most countries. In Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia and Burundi, youth unemployment is over 80%.
21-Sep-2011

Proposal for Establishment of External Representation Offices (EROs)

As a part of negotiating the General Capital Increase, the Bank made a commitment to examine the establishment of External Representation Offices (EROs). These EROs would enable the Bank to engage more actively with key stakeholders in non-regional member countries with a view to enhancing dialogue and promoting innovative approaches to mobilize necessary resources to support the mid-term Strategy and its development agenda. In this regard, Management had commissioned a Feasibility Study, which was completed in April 2011. The study was conducted by an external consultant with the support of...
10-Nov-2010

Review of the Bank Group’s Cost-Sharing Formula

The African Development Bank Group (the Bank Group) delivers its operational programs through three entities: The African Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). The Group has a single combined administrative expense budget and records expenses, when incurred, against such budget. While the three windows are complementary, they are statutorily required to be legally separate and distinct. Statutorily (under Article 31 of ADF agreement and Article IX of the NTF Agreement), the ADF and NTF are required to reimburse the ADB for the fair value...