Strategy Documents


Bank Group Strategic Framework and Action Plan for the Prevention of Illicit Financial Flows in Africa (2017-2021)

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another often involving Money Laundering, tax evasion, or bribery. It is a broader term that encompasses Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing illicit trade (such as contrabands, illegal arms and human trafficking), and other forms of illicit financial flows. IFFs are widely acknowledged to be among the most serious contemporary global threats. They occur in national, regional and global terrains that are constantly changing, exploiting opportunities that arise or, in some cases, opportunities which...

Eastern Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper 2018 - 2022

The Bank Group Regional Integration Strategy Paper for Eastern Africa (EA RISP) 2018-2022 articulates strategic priorities and a corresponding indicative Operational program for the Bank’s support to regional economic integration in Eastern Africa. It has been prepared in the larger context of the Bank’s strategic direction and recent regional, continental and global developments. These developments include the adoption, in 2015, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), and the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)...

Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper 2019 - 2025

This Central Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP-CA) proposes a general framework of operations in Central Africa over 2019–2025 for adoption by the Boards of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB or Bank) and the African Development Fund. The RISP-CA was prepared within a context of major institutional changes, particularly following the Bank’s adoption of the Development and Business Delivery Model and the continental Regional Integration Strategic Framework for 2018–2025.

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...

The Civil Society Engagement Framework - Draft Version

Over the past decade, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has become more transparent and accountable to its member countries and the broader public, developing and promoting new mechanisms and policies to better identify and integrate the African citizen aspirations. The Civil Society Organization (CSO) Engagement Framework, which participates in this vision, as presented in the Medium-term Strategy (MTS) 2008-2012, is designed to strengthen and sustain the Bank’s engagement with CSOs. This engagement will enhance the Bank's programs and policy documents as well as mainstream and broaden the...

North Africa Long-Term Strategy Consultation Meeting - Summary Report

The summary below captures the main points discussed during the North Africa regional consultation meeting in Tunis and is not a detailed set of minutes. The comments have been summarized and organized into five 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.

Long-Term Strategy Internal Consultation Meetings - Summary Report

Most African countries have enjoyed increasing rates of economic growth over the last decade. They are today seeing annual GDP growth of 5%, FDI is on the rise due to more robust investment climate, and an increasing share of the population is coming out of poverty.

Ghana - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

Following a brief presentation on the Approach Paper of the Long Term Strategy, the focus group discussions were based on the key drivers of change in Africa, Africa’s expectations of the Bank and the required changes that the Bank must consider. The main conclusions are summarized below.

Gabon - Long-term Strategy Consultation Meeting

The summary below captures the main points that were discussed during the national consultation meeting in Libreville, 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 and role of the Bank; (iv) Financing; and (v) Institutional reform.

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...

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.