Strategies on Cross Cutting Issues


Medium - Term Strategy 2008 - 2012

This Medium Term Strategy constitutes a road map for the Bank and its partners at a critical time for Africa. Its elaboration benefited from wide consultation and is consistent with the High Level Panel Report. It combines ambition and realism and clearly spells out deliverables. When work began to draw up this plan, the financial crisis was in its very early stages with its full economic ramifications slowly unfolding. The ADB and other multilateral development banks are called upon to play a bigger role, to do more, to innovate. I am determined that the African Development Bank meets this...

Strategic and Operational Framework for Regional Operations

This paper presents the African Development Bank Group’s strategic and operational framework for regional operations (ROs). This framework addresses concerns raised by Bank Group shareholders and clients about the current framework and is intended to better position the Bank Group as a major contributor to regional integration in Africa. It is important to note that ROs are an essential tool to promote regional integration more broadly, but not the only one at the Bank Group’s disposal.

Corporate Governance Strategy - July 2007

The African Development Bank (“the Bank”) has fully recognized over the last few years that good governance is key to Africa’s future development. Studies have shown that it contributes to macroeconomic stability and predictability; it enhances government’s ability to implement poverty reduction policies by ensuring transparent and participatory policy-making; it enables public functions to be executed in an accountable manner and therefore increases investor confidence, and it demonstrates a country’s strong commitment to international anticorruption standards. In this way, improved...

Governors’ Dialogue - Long-Term Strategy 2022 - Issues Paper

The Bank is preparing a Long-Term Strategy (LTS) to take a fresh look at the kind of institution it should strive to become over the next decade. The LTS will provide a vision of how the Bank can build on its solid achievements to better support Africa’s development in a time of great change and promising prospects.

Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Bank Group Medium Term Strategy 2008-2012

The African Development Bank Group’s 2008-2012 Medium Term Strategy represents the corporate roadmap to achieve development results in core priority areas. This Mid-Term Review (MTR) aims to: (i) assess Bank performance three years into implementation of the Strategy; (ii) identify necessary adjustments for the remainder of the MTS period; and (iii) pave the way for a Long Term Strategy for the Bank Group. This report is structured as follows; after this introduction, Chapter 2 discusses the context in which the MTS was implemented. Chapter 3 evaluates the progress made at mid-term....

A Roadmap for Improving Performance on Aid Effectiveness and Promoting Effective Development - Turning Commitments Into Action

In 2011, six years after the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was agreed in 2005, the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness will assemble in Busan, Korea to decide the principles and commitments that will govern development assistance in coming years. It will review the achievements of the Paris Declaration, and perhaps launch a successor agreement. When delegates meet in Busan, one question will be at the top of their minds: have donors met the Paris targets on aid effectiveness ? The latest available data (Figure 1) provides some of the answers: in 2007, most development...

Communication and External Relations Medium Term Strategy

This paper sets out a medium term strategy for external relations and communication for the Bank. It will support the Bank’s strategic objective (as indicated in its Medium Term Strategy) to earn recognition as the premier development finance institution in Africa. Indeed, it would be difficult for the Bank to achieve this goal without an effective and appropriate communication program. The Bank has broad programs covering internal and external communications, external relations and the implementation of the Bank’s disclosure policy. The programs have, in recent years, been strengthened,...

AfDB Group Strategy for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Africa

The international community is concerned with the growing incidence of organized crime, corruption, and terrorism and the debilitating effect these problems have on peace, security and development. A successful strategy to address these international threats necessarily involves measures to address money laundering and the financing of terrorism (ML/FT). Money laundering allows criminals and corrupt officials to enjoy the proceeds of their crime with impunity, while terrorist activities are enabled by those who finance them from the proceeds of crime or other sources. Money laundering can...

Strategic Framework for Enhancing Bank Group Support to Middle Income Countries

The proposed strategy builds on the implementation of the Board-approved 2005 task force report “Enhancing Bank Support to MICs”, as well as on various inputs, including from earlier MIC task forces, the June 2006 and March 2008 consultations with MICs in Tunis, Cairo, respectively, and the 2006 consultant’s report on enhancing support to MICs. It also draws on the experiences of other MDBs and bilateral donors, including the deliberations of the October 2007 World Bank Conference on Achieving Development Results in MICs in Washington.

AfDB Strategic Plan 2003-2007

The African Development Bank Group’s (the Bank) Vision, adopted by its Boards of Governors, was the product of extensive consultations with all stakeholders. In order to operationalize this Vision, the Boards of Directors approved a new organizational structure that became effective on 1st January 2002 and have recently approved the Bank’s first Strategic Plan for the period 2003-2007. So, it is with great pleasure that I share with you some thoughts on this milestone in the Bank’s evolution.

Bank Group Strategy Paper on Law for Development

The Bank recognizes that at the base of good governance is an equitable, effective, and efficient legal and judicial system that caters to the needs of the people and to the needs of economic operators participating in, or desirous of participating in, its Regional Member Countries (RMCs). Accordingly, in adopting the Policy on Good Governance, which grew out of the Bank’s new Vision for economic development in Africa, the Bank Group has highlighted legal and judicial reform as an indispensable component of the initiatives to reduce poverty and promote regional economic integration among the...

The Revised Bank Group Action Plan on Harmonization

There is growing consensus among regional member countries (RMCs) and the donor community that the totality and variety of donor processes, procedures, and requirements for development assistance delivery, monitoring, and reporting is generating unproductive and avoidable transaction costs for, and depleting the scarce capacity of, member countries. More importantly, it undermines development effectiveness by diverting limited national resources and managerial talent1 . Shrinking ODA levels and limited impact on the ground over several years compels both aid recipient donors to critically...

The 2007 Strategic Direction and Indicative Operational Program

This paper presents the Bank Group’s Strategic Directions and Indicative Operational Program (IOP) for 2007. It provides a comprehensive overview of planned activities during the upcoming year and discusses, in particular: new financing activities; portfolio management; strategic, analytical and policy work to guide and support operations; and, key process changes intended to improve operational focus, efficiency, and results. Its purpose is to set out more clearly than in the past what the Bank Group intends to deliver, and in so doing to provide a more systematic treatment of the...

Strategy for Enhanced Engagement in Fragile States

This paper presents the African Development Bank’s strategy for enhancing its engagement in fragile states. The objectives of the strategy are to more effectively assist fragile states to transit out of fragility, help prevent countries at risk of slippage and to assist countries in post-crisis and post-conflict transition move forward towards more stable political and economic development.

Policy on Population and Strategies for Implementation

This document describes the African Development Bank Group’s policy on population and proposes specific strategies to achieve the goal of its policy. It builds on a previous policy that was approved in March 1993. This present version has been influenced by current developments, particularly the follow-up activities of the recent regional and global conferences such as, the World Population Programme of Action, based on the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the African Common Position as expressed in the Dakar/Ngor Declaration on Population (DND).

HIV/Aids Strategy Paper for Bank Group Operations (POPR)

In December 2001, it was estimated that a total of 40 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. Almost 28.1 million—70% of all HIV-positive people—live in Africa south of the Sahara, a region that accounts for barely 10% of the world population (see Annex 1). Most of the infected people will die in the next 10 years, adding to the 19 million Africans who have already died from the epidemic, and leaving behind devastated families and compromised development prospects.

Enhanced Decentralisation Strategy: Strengthening Country Focus and Client Responsiveness Through a Tailored Approach

There have been recent significant institutional investments in improving the quality of Bank Group operations. Most notable of these investments are the institutional reforms approved by the Board of Directors on April 7, 2006, which involved the reformation of the operations complexes and the Office of the Chief Economist1 . It will be recalled that the main thrust of this exercise was to assure enhanced operational effectiveness through country focus, client responsiveness as well as systemized knowledge generation, dissemination and application. The desired objectives of the reformation...

AfDB Group Knowledge Management and Development Strategy 2008 - 2012

Knowledge management is integral to the African Development Bank’s mission and mandate as Africa’s Premier Development Bank. To fulfil this key role, the Bank recognizes the importance of generating, mobilizing, sharing and applying knowledge. This is even more important, given the unique position where the Bank can combine knowledge and financial resources towards developing innovative solutions to complex development challenges.