African Legal Support Facility


African Legal Support Facility launches new handbook on sovereign debt at 10th anniversary

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has launched a handbook on sovereign debt aimed at improving users’ understanding of the subject and offering development and implementation strategies and tips to avoid over-indebtedness. The Handbook on Sovereign Debt, produced by the ALSF in collaboration with 11 prominent debt professionals, was officially launched February 27 in Abidjan, on the first day of a High-Level Forum, convened for members to reflect on ten years of the institution’s history in providing legal and technical assistance for Africa’s development. The meeting brought...

First ALSF High-level Members Forum

What: First ALSF High-Level Members Forum When: 26 and 27 February 2020, 8.30am to 5pm Where: Hotel Radisson Blu, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF or Facility) will organize its first High-Level Members Forum, in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) on the following theme: "ALSF Ten years after: Facilitating investment and maximizing resources for national development” Thirty-four (34) delegations from African States, one non-African State, 4 international organizations confirmed their participation. On the...

African Legal Support Facility Management Board approves Work Plan and Budget for 2020

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Management Board, the legal support arm of the African Development Bank, met in Abidjan, to review the institution’s activities, work plan and budget for 2020. “This is an opportunity for us to review and deliberate on ALSF interventions, which contribute meaningfully to development in Africa,” ALSF Board Chairperson, Gaston Kenfack, said in his opening remarks. During the November 27th meeting, the Board commended the ALSF team on the strong performance in 2019. ALSF exceeded its planned number of projects by 22%. These projects contributed...

Policy Brief - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Uganda

The discovery of oil and gas in Uganda has created unprecedented opportunities that can stimulate sustainable development. One of the tools to achieving value creation through the newfound resource is through enhanced private sector engagement, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) given their presence across sectors. Nevertheless, the lack of understanding of the oil and gas value chain and applicable standards may hinder the effective participation of SMEs, thus affecting their ability to boost local skills development, job creation and inclusive economic development. In...

Policy Brief - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Kenya

Oil and gas finds in Kenya present a unique opportunity that can cement the path towards sustainable development. Enhanced SME engagement in the sector is a critical lever for sustainable development. Together with micro enterprises, SMEs are estimated to contribute about 33.8% to Kenya’s GDP and employ close to 14.9 million Kenyans. These figures are likely to rise if SMEs are strengthened to sustainably participate in the nascent oil and gas sector. Nevertheless, SME sustainability is considerably constrained due to inadequate capacity, lack of information on market and quality standards,...

Issue Paper - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Uganda and Kenya

This paper is a product of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) and the Extractives Baraza (EB) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and the African Natural Resource Centre (ANRC), under a grant from the Ford Foundation to support Uganda and Kenya’s Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in value chain of the oil and gas sector.

African Legal Support Facility appoints new chairman and two board members

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has bid a fond farewell to the outgoing members of the Management Board, the Chairperson, Dorcas Auma Achapa (Kenya) and Professor Dandi Gnamou (Benin) for their three years of excellent contributions to the organization. Afterwards, the ALSF warmly welcomed two additions to its Management Board – Eva Jhala (Zambia) and Nimatou D. Feliho (Benin). The two will serve for three years. The passing of the torch occurred on 10 and 11 June at the Annual Meetings of the ALSF in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Jhala is an established Zambian lawyer who...

African Development Bank 2019 Annual Meetings: African Legal Support Facility holds Management Board, Governing Council meetings

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 28th Management Board and 10th Governing Council meetings on 10 and 11 June 2019 respectively, on the margins of the 2019 African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The members reviewed the 2018 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future of the organisation. After the Board’s approval, the Governing Council subsequently endorsed the 2018 Annual Report and the audited financial statements as of December 2018. They also took note of a presentation of the progress report on projects implemented in...

African Legal Support Facility partners Utility CEOs Forum

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), hosted by the African Development Bank, has been named the official partner of the seventh Utility CEOs Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum opened this week on the side-lines of Africa Utility Week. It entailed closed-door meetings, facilitated under Chatham House Rules. It was designed to foster dialogue through confidentiality and trust, enabling the utility heads to address pertinent industry challenges. The ALSF will be leading discussions on the pressures of foreign currency and exchange control and local content in project...

ALSF Management Board reviews its activities ahead of African Development Bank 2019 Annual Meetings

The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has met to review progress made in 2018 and to assess the implementation of its projects. The Board considered key issues and events, which will be discussed further on the margins of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group, scheduled to take place next month in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Established in 2008, the ALSF is an international public institution, hosted by the African Development Bank Group. Its mandate is to support African states by providing legal advisory services, launching capacity-...

African Legal Support Facility supports $200 million energy plant in Rwanda

The African Legal Support Facility has provided advisory services support to the Government of Rwanda for the negotiation of its deal with Symbion Power to develop a $200-million-dollar energy plant by Lake Kivu in Rwanda, signed on 29 March 2019. The energy plant is expected to generate an additional 56 MW of electricity for Rwanda, marking a significant step in Rwanda’s efforts to increase its installed power generation capacity by 291MW to 512MW by 2024. The plant will extract methane gas from the production area at Lake Kivu and use it to produce electricity. The Symbion Power...

Uganda becomes 27th member of the African Legal Support Facility

Uganda has ratified the agreement for the establishment of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), becoming the 27th member state of the body, which is an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank Group. The Facility, known as ALSF, is dedicated to funding legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in their negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management. Ugandan Minister of...

EOI - Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries - ALSF

The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or the “Facility”) hereby invites individual consultants to indicate their interest in the following Assignment: Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries. The ALSF is currently recruiting a Legal Consultant for the AMLA Project and other initiatives on extractives industries and natural resources.

African Legal Support Facility trains African lawyers on negotiating deals in key economic sectors

The African Legal Support Facility has completed a two-day workshop for African lawyers and government negotiators, aimed at strengthening their capacity to negotiate complex deals involving investments in key economic sectors. The workshop, co-organized with the African Business Law Firms Association (ABFLA) under  the African Legal Support Facility Academy, was held in Accra, Ghana, from 14-15 February, 2019. Forty government negotiators and 30 lawyers in private practice representing public and private organizations across Africa, attended the workshop. In his opening...

EOI - Legal Consultant-Office of the Director – ALSF

The ALSF is hosted at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The ALSF's main objectives include: (i) assisting African Governments in defending against litigation brought against them by vulture funds (and other such entities); (ii) providing legal advisory services to African Governments in the negotiation of complex commercial transactions relating to extractive resources, infrastructure, PPPs, debt, and related commercial agreements; (iii) capacity building for lawyers related to the above; and (iv) development of knowledge products.

The African Legal Support Facility to receive € 5 million grant from the European Union

The European Commission has approved a grant of 5 million euros to the African Legal Support Facility, to finance the Facility’s Medium Term Strategy for the next five years. ALSF, hosted by the African Development Bank, to date has supported African countries to negotiate commercial deals worth more than US$60 billion in potential investments, mainly in the infrastructure and extractive sectors. This assistance from the European Union, will boost resources required to consolidate these achievements and reinforce partnership between the two organisations in other common areas of...

The African Legal Support Facility receives €4 million from Germany

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and KfW Development Bank have signed an agreement to extend a €4 million grant from the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW to the Facility. This assistance builds on a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions under which ALSF was given a grant of €5 million. This financial assistance will support ALSF’s interventions to strengthen legal capacities for complex contract negotiations in Africa. In so doing, this will help African countries achieve fairer contracts, mainly in the extractives industry, infrastructure...

ALSF Management Board adopts 2019 Work Plan and Budget

The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met on 26h November 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss the 2017 ALSF Effectiveness Review and assess its operations and institutional activities in 2018. From advisory services and capacity building and knowledge management activities to the manner in which communications are conducted, all elements of the Facility’s work were discussed. Equipped with a more insightful view of the ALSF’s previous work, the Board reviewed and adopted the Work Plan and Budget for 2019. During the meeting, the ALSF Board...

African Legal Support Facility launches Academy Project

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has launched a flagship initiative, the “ALSF Academy Project." Under this initiative, the ALSF has developed a three-level capacity building and certification program. This program will be conducted through an interactive online portal, starting with an inception phase consisting of a series of in-person workshops. It is an innovative tool that will efficiently produce, collect and disseminate knowledge, as well as provide tailor-made training solutions for African lawyers and professionals. The ALSF is implementing the Academy Project in...

ALSF wins Best Legal Department of the Year prize at the African Legal Awards

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) was recognized as Best Legal Department of the Year (Large Teams) at the 2018 Annual African Legal Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 8 August. The ALSF also received special mention for its efforts in assisting African governments in negotiating investment related transactions essential for their social and economic development.  Other key awards presented during the ceremony included International Law Firm of the Year, African Law Firm of the Year (Large and Small Practice) and General Counsel of the Year. ...