High-Level Panel on Fragile States

19-Jun-2014

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 ...
23-May-2014

AfDB’s 2014 Annual Meetings End in Kigali

The 49th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 40th meetings of the African Development Fund (ADF) closed on Friday, May 23, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda, after five days of exhaustive deliberations on key African and global development issues. The Governors approved major Bank initiatives and programmes, its 2013 Annual Report and audited accounts as well as future operations and programmes. The Governors, usually Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors representing their countries, also adopted a number of resolutions. In...
22-May-2014

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...
18-Apr-2014

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...
10-Apr-2014

“Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action” Fragile States report discussed in Washington, DC

President Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank Group will present the final report of the High Level Panel on Fragile States titled “Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action” in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 10 2014. Also present will be Ammarah Konneh, Minister of Finance, Liberia; Petta Haavisto, Minister for International Development, Finland; and Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice-President for Africa. The findings of the High Level Panel Report on Fragile States offers an unprecedented level of analysis that will allow the African Development...
28-Mar-2014

AfDB says stronger governments and private sector are keys to ending fragility in Africa

A report launched in January 2014 in Addis Ababa by the African Development Bank (AfDB) said there are three main actions that governments and the AfDB can take together to bring an end to conflict in Africa and help to strengthen the Continent’s fragile sates. Speaking to an audience of Bank staff present for the report’s release, the Head of the Secretariat to the High Level Panel for Fragile States, Sunita Pitamber, said: “We are at a point where some of the countries affected by deep conflict and crises are on a steady path of recovery. But on the other hand we have seen new...
10-Mar-2014

Third ADF-13 Replenishment Meeting - High Level Panel on Fragile States: Interim Paper

The High Level Panel on Fragile States, chaired by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has been established to advise the African Development Bank and the broader international community on approaches to fragility and conflict in Africa. It will report in January 2014. This paper sets out some of the Panel’s initial reflections, based on our consultations with African governments and civil society to date, to inform deliberations on the next ADF replenishment.
31-Jan-2014

AfDB to play a greater role in issues of conflict and fragility on the continent, report recommends

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, officially launched on Thursday, January 30 in Addis Ababa, the final report of the AfDB High Level Panel on Fragile States during a closed session at the 22nd African Union Summit. The report, titled “Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action”, is the result of year-long consultations, dialogue and debate on the question of “How can we truly build peace and set a course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states?” After consulting widely...
30-Jan-2014

Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action

The High-Level Panel on Fragile States in Africa was established on the initiative of President Kaberuka of the African Development Bank (AfDB or ‘the Bank’). Under the leadership of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the Panel was asked to review the likely sources of fragility in Africa in the coming years and to make recommendations both for the Bank and the wider policy community as to how they should be tackled. Africa is changing at an extraordinary speed. This report comes at a critical time in light of the current emerging and new conflict on the continent. In...
30-Jan-2014

Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Launching of the High Level Panel on Fragile States Report at the 22nd African Union Summit Your Excellencies, Heads of States, Your Excellency, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the opportunity to address this Summit. I will be brief. When I asked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, I was aware of how busy she is. I want to express my utmost thanks to President Sirleaf for accepting to Chair the High Level Panel on Fragile States alongside the remarkable team of...
30-Jan-2014

High-Level Panel on Fragile States to Launch Report on Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa

AfDB to play a greater role in issues of conflict and fragility on the continent, report recommends Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, officially launched on Thursday, January 30 in Addis Ababa, the final report of the AfDB High Level Panel on Fragile States during a closed session at the 22nd African Union Summit. The report, titled “Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action”, is the result of year-long consultations, dialogue and debate on the question of “How can we truly build...
24-Jan-2014

AfDB focuses on fragility, infrastructure development, women and youth at 22nd AU Summit

High-Level Panel on Fragile States to Launch Report on Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa The African Development Bank’s High-Level Panel on Fragile States will launch on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Addis Ababa the report "Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action". Read More Summit Background Infrastructure development and financing, gender, youth and fragile states are at the top of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) agenda during the 22nd Annual African Union Summit and pre-Summit activities in Addis Ababa...
20-Jan-2014

“Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action” – AfDB High Level Panel on Fragile States to launch final report at AU Summit in Addis Ababa

As the global community seeks to address the current crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, African Development Bank Group’s High Level Panel on Fragile States launches its final report, “Ending conflict and building peace in Africa: A call to action”.* Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Chair of the High Level Panel on Fragile States, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, will jointly launch the report and address African Heads of States at the forthcoming 22nd African Union Summit on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in...
24-Oct-2013

AfDB and Burundi discuss ways to address the country's fragility

Members of the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s High Level Panel on Fragile States, Greg Mills and Rakiya Omaar, undertook from 23rd to 24th October 2013, a  mission to Burundi to consult with government officials, development partners and relevant civil society and private sector actors.  The objective of the mission  was  to discuss  the underlying challenges which need to be addressed to help the country move from fragility to sustainable development. During  the mission, the Panel members along with the Bank's Resident Representative in  the country...
14-Oct-2013

AfDB gender interventions to be tailored to realities on the ground, says its Special Envoy on Gender

The African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Special Envoy on Gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, attended the Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD)’s conference on the  launch of Gender Milestones in Djibouti on  7-9 October 2013, where she reiterated  that the AfDB’s is committed   to addressing gender equality mainstreaming across its  Regional Member Countries (RMCs). Speaking on behalf of AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, she indicated that the sentiments have changed regarding Africa, having been dubbed “Africa: The Hopeless Continent” in 2000 to “Africa...
25-Sep-2013

ADF 13 replenishment: An innovative and focused response to Africa’s requirements - AfDB President's statement at the Opening Session

Event: ADF 13 Replenishment – Third Meeting – Opening Session It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Paris for this final round of ADF 13 replenishment. I wish to thank Deputies and Ministers who are representing RMCs for finding the time to be with us today. On your behalf I also wish to thank Richard Manning for the outstanding job he has done in coordinating this replenishment. We are now at the end of a process that started in February 2013, which is taking place at a very upbeat time for Africa: Many African countries are fully in the midst of strong economic growth; It is...
25-Sep-2013

ADF 13 replenishment: An innovative and focused response to Africa’s requirements - AfDB President's statement at the Opening Session

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Paris for this final round of ADF 13 replenishment. I wish to thank Deputies and Ministers who are representing RMCs for finding the time to be with us today. On your behalf I also wish to thank Richard Manning for the outstanding job he has done in coordinating this replenishment. We are now at the end of a process that started in February 2013, which is taking place at a very upbeat time for Africa: Many African countries are fully in the midst of strong economic growth; It is now 50 years since independence, and African countries stand ready to...
25-Sep-2013

High Level Panel on Fragile States calls for more resources for AfDB

Fragility and post-conflict situations, a matter of great concern for development institutions including the African Development Bank (AfDB), were central to discussions at its September 25-26 meeting in Paris on ADF-13 Replenishment.    The Bank’s work through African Development Fund (ADF) is much appreciated by regional member countries, as indicated by representatives of Malawi, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. AfDB management intends to do more.   In his opening remarks AfDB President Donald Kaberuka said “the Fund’s emphasis will shift towards those who need greater support...
10-Sep-2013

AfDB High Level Panel on Fragile States Launched in Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), launched the AfDB’s High Level Panel on Fragile States on 2 September 2013, in Monrovia, Liberia. The panel, which President Sirleaf chairs, will advise the Bank on expanding its engagement in fragile states. In her opening remarks, President Sirleaf emphasized some of the special circumstances that needed to be addressed in fragile states. She highlighted the importance of job creation; of creating a healthy, skilled and educated workforce; of promoting equity,...
09-Sep-2013

President of Liberia and President of AfDB set new course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, launched a special high-level panel on fragile states in Monrovia on September 2,2013. The panel seeks to answer the question, “How can we truly build peace and set a course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states?” Conflict and fragility are major constraints to Africa’s development. While the African continent generally has enjoyed an economic growth rate of 5% over the last decade, fragile countries and those in conflict have not benefitted. Globally, GDP per capita is $...