Fragility & Resilience


AfDB and World Bank working together to strengthen Ebola response in Africa

For countries at risk of Ebola, fighting it comes down to securing more funding for the battle, building up health care infrastructures and ensuring that nations take the lead on keeping citizens safe. That was the message Wednesday at a joint African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and World Bank post-Ebola panel during the AfDB's 50th Annual Meetings in Abidjan. That is where officials from both multilateral development banks (MDBs) and government leaders laid the ground work for how to continue to control Ebola’s spread. “Right from the beginning we were proactive,” that is why the...

Transition Support Department ORTS Newsletter – Issue N° 1

The African Development Bank’s quarterly newsletter focusing on its work in fragile situations is produced by the Transition Support Department (ORTS). Addressing fragility is identified as a special area of emphasis of the AfDB’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) for 2013-2022, which aims to promote inclusive growth and a transition to green growth on the continent. In this context, the African Development Bank Group Strategy for “Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa 2014-2019”, is aligned to the TYS.

Investing to change lives: IFC and AfDB seek to boost private sector in Africa

Enhancing partnerships with a view to boosting private sector as the driving force for sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa is one of the main priorities for the African Development Bank’s Private Sector Department (OPSD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). For this reason, the African Development Bank hosted a high-level delegation from the IFC for two days of meetings on May 6 and 7, 2015 in Abidjan, to deepen relationships between the two institutions, and to develop initiatives to increase private sector investments in the region. The ultimate goal: to use investment...

OECD report on states of fragility echoes findings of AfDB High Level Panel report

The African Development Bank’s Transition Support Department (ORTS) hosted jointly with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the launching of the 2015 edition of the OECD report States of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions on Wednesday, April 8 in the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters. The report is in line with the findings of the Bank’s High Level Panel on Fragile States that was established in 2012 under the leadership of Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, which culminated in the report Ending conflict and building peace in...

Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the Strategy for addressing Fragility and building resilience in Africa and for the Transition Support Facility

In June 2014, the Boards of Directors of the Bank Group approved a Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa, 2014-2019 (hereafter the “Strategy”)1 . The Strategy updates and replaces the previous Strategy for Engagement in Fragile States (SEEFS), which was approved by the Boards in 2008.2 The Strategy is intended to give life to the priority given to addressing fragility in the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS)3 and reflects the lessons learned from the implementation of the SEEFS, international experience, and the report of the High Level Panel on Fragile States.

Evaluation of the Assistance of the AfDB to Fragile States

The African Development Bank plays an important role in the reconstruction of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) emerging from conflict. Currently, about 40 percent of all African countries are classified as fragile states, presenting the Bank with a significant reconstruction challenge.

West Africa Policy Note - Note 01, July 2014

With a small and underdeveloped banking sector as well as an embryonic microfinance segment, Guinea-Bissau is barely able to harvest the growth benefits that could accrue from a more efficient and effective financial intermediation. Acknowledging that the financial sector’s vulnerabilities are very much driven by the fragile political and economic environment, there are key policy recommendations that the country ought to follow in order to improve the status quo. In this regard, more robust policies, regulations and procedures should be implemented in order to strengthen the financial sector...

AU, AfDB Ink Agreement for Improved Access to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation for 5 Million People

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). The so-called “Kigali Action Plan” (KAP) aims to improve the livelihoods of five million people in 10...

Central African Republic: mission to activate resumption of African Development Bank support

An African Development Bank (AFDB) delegation led by Sibry Tapsoba, Director of the Transition Support Department, will visit the Central African Republic from July 1-4 to resume the Bank's support to the country, ravaged by internal conflict for months. Resumption of this cooperation began at the last AfDB annual meetings in Kigali, with the organisation of a round table dedicated to development of an interim strategy to support the current transition process. This mission follows the AfDB board’s approval of a donation of approximately 11 billion CFA francs to...

Côte d’Ivoire : La BAD appuie le renforcement de l’inclusion et de la cohésion sociale

Le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et la Côte d’Ivoire, respectivement représentés par Janvier Kpourou Litse, directeur en charge du Nepad, de l’Intégration régionale et du commerce et Nialé Kaba, ministre ivoirien en charge de l’Economie et des Finances, ont procédé le 25 juin 2014 à Abidjan, à la signature de protocoles de dons relatifs au Programme d’appui au renforcement de l’inclusion et de la cohésion sociale (PARICS). Les dons sont d’une valeur de 46,17 millions de dollars, dont 42,254 millions issus des ressources de la Facilité en faveur des...

AfDB finances construction of two hydropower plants in Burundi

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on 23 June 2014 in Tunis a US$22 million grant from its Fragile States Facility for the Jiji and Mulembwe Hydroelectric Plant Project in Burundi. Representing the largest investment in Burundi in the post-war period, the project is also one of the largest investments made in the country’s energy infrastructure since the 1980s. Specifically, the project involves the construction of two hydroelectric power stations and related infrastructure, such as transmission lines and substations required for...

AfDB Approves a New Strategy to Address Fragility and Build Resilience in Africa

The Board of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on June 18, 2014 in Tunis the AfDB’s new Strategy for “Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa (2014-2019)”. The Strategy aims to place the institution at the center of Africa’s efforts to address fragility and pave the way for a more resilient and inclusive development trajectory. Over the past decade, Africa has seen enormous growth and transformation that has expanded opportunities and improved living conditions for millions of people. However, as shown by the AfDB’s report of the ...

Ministers call for an international commitment to peace and development in South Sudan

Only three years after independence, the world’s youngest country was still celebrating its newly acquired freedom before it was plunged into violent conflict. On December 15, 2013, South Sudanese woke up to the same gunfire and conflict that they had fought so tirelessly to end. With thousands killed and more than 3 million displaced, the warring parties are yet to arrive at a lasting peace agreement. Both the government of Salva Kiir and the rebel group led by former Vice-President Riek Machar have been accused of failing to uphold any of the ceasefire agreements signed. The conflict,...

AfDB approvals reach UA 4.39 billion in 2013

AfDB Annual Report 2013 In 2013, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved 317 operations representing a total of UA 4.39 billion (1 UA = USD 1.55), financed as follows: AfDB: UA 1.83 billion; African Development Fund: UA 2.27 billion; Nigeria Trust Fund: UA 31.2 million and Special Funds: UA 253.4 million. Thus, operations approved for infrastructure mainly in the transport and energy sectors absorbed the majority of the Bank Group's resources, even though other basic priorities such as development of the private sector, agriculture and multi-sector operations (aiming to...

The African Development Bank lends its support to the African Solidarity Initiative

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has declared its intention to work with the African Union (AU) on the implementation of the African Solidarity Initiative (ASI). The formal declaration of support was made by Sibry Tapsoba, Head of the Fragile States Department at AfDB. This statement was issued on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 during a roundtable discussion session on the ASI during the 49th Annual Meetings of the AfDB, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 19 to 23, 2014, on the theme "The next 50 years: The Africa we want". The ASI was launched at the 18th AU Summit in Addis...

A refreshingly accessible AfDB book tracks Africa’s progress through figures

Here’s an interesting fact: Africa has 52 cities with populations of one million or higher – the same number as for Europe. Here’s another one: Since 2005, 20 countries in Africa are among the top 50 most-improved world economies in business regulatory efficiency. Every now and then a statistics book comes along that breaks the mould to show real imagination in delivering what often is presented as fairly dry information. Tracking Africa’s Progress in Figures, published free of charge by the African Development Bank, is one such book. Its beauty lies in part in the way the...

2012 - Evaluation of the Assistance of the AfDB to Fragile States

The African Development Bank plays an important role in the reconstruction of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) emerging from conflict. Currently, about 40 percent of all African countries are classified as fragile states, presenting the Bank with a significant reconstruction challenge.

Launch of the AfDB 50th Anniversary Celebrations


AfDB Board approves revised framework for selection and prioritization of regional operations

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group met on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Tunis and approved a revised framework for the selection and prioritization of regional operations. The revised Regional Operations Selection and Prioritization Framework aims at selecting the most relevant operations eligible for funding under the Regional Operations incentive mechanism based on cost-sharing financing where the countries contribute to a portion of project costs from their Performance Based Allocations (PBAs) while the Bank finances the remaining portion. The Framework...

Addressing conflict and fragility in Africa: Leaders discuss empowerment, partnerships and accountability in Brussels meeting

“Addressing conflict and fragility in Africa” was the theme of an event organized by the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel on Fragile States during the Africa-EU Summit in Brussels on April 1. The event was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia with opening statements made by President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development at the European Commission. The meeting discussed the findings of the High Level Panel’s final report, “Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action,” which was launched...