Private Sector


African Development Fund Board approves $37.2 million in credit risk participations by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility for non-sovereign operations in Kenya, Sudan and Senegal

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group, approved on January 15, 2020, credit risk participations by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF) for projects in Kenya, Sudan and Senegal. The agreement covers operations cumulatively valued at $37.2 million and includes a corporate loan to support an East African agribusiness firm’s domestic and regional expansion, and two lines of credit targeting SME borrowers. Launched in 2015 by the ADF, the PSF provides credit risk participations in low-...

African Development Bank unveils Policy on Non-Sovereign Operations

The African Development Bank Group on Monday organized a workshop to share its approach to private sector funding through its new policy on Non-Sovereign Operations (NSO Policy). The policy provides the general framework and modalities required for Bank lending and investment without sovereign guarantee to private and public entities that meet specific eligibility requirements on non-concessional terms. The workshop, held in Abidjan, was attended by government officials, diplomats, private sector representatives, partner organizations and the civil society. Bank officials engaged with...

Sudan: African Development Bank approves $60 million loan to support Elnefeidi Group’s agricultural expansion

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $60m loan to Elnefeidi Group Holding Company to help finance its long-term agriculture and food expansion programme. The planned expansion includes increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing related infrastructure, food processing and distribution. It will directly contribute in developing Sudan’s livestock value chain (poultry and beef) by increasing the country’s export capacity for value-added livestock products. This will help reduce the economic value that the country loses by exporting millions of...

African Development Bank commits €20 million to boost private sector competitiveness in Cabo Verde

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a €20 million loan to strengthen the private sector’s role in Cabo Verde’s economic growth.  Bank funding will support the second phase of the Private Sector Competitiveness and Local Economic Development Programme (PSC-LED-II).  The programme will extend fiscal 2019 budget support to the government of Cabo Verde as it undertakes reforms to boost domestic productivity and the country’s overall economy. Specific initiatives of PSC-LED-II include promoting the competitiveness environment through the adoption of a...

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...

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.

EOI - Angola - Project Procurement Specialist - ICBPSDP


African Development Bank inks €12.5 million deal with Adiwale Fund for SMEs

The African Development Bank on Thursday signed off on its €12.5 million equity investment in Adiwale Fund 1, a first-generation private equity fund targeting high growth potential Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in francophone West Africa. The Bank Group’s board of directors approved the investment in March as part of its commitment to grow  SMEs and improve livelihoods in countries underserved by the global equity market. With a target fund size of €75 million, the Fund will take minority stakes in vibrant SMEs in countries where economic prospects and the Fund’s...

Guinée : la Banque africaine de développement accorde un crédit de 8 millions de dollars à Vista Bank pour aider les PME agricoles

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a donné son feu vert, mardi 24 septembre, à l’octroi d’une ligne de crédit de 8 millions de dollars américains au groupe bancaire Vista Bank en Guinée (Conakry). Ce soutien financier doit permettre d’accompagner une dizaine de petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) institutions de microfinance actives dans la chaine de valeur agricole en Guinée. Il vise en priorité les femmes, qui seront bénéficiaires à 60 % des ressources de cette ligne. Une attention particulière sera donc portée aux PME des zones rurales, opérant...

Sénégal : la Banque africaine de développement approuve plus de 22 millions d’euros à la BNDE pour soutenir les PME et la création d’emplois en zone rurale

Le Conseil d'administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, mardi 24 septembre à Abidjan, une ligne de crédit de 22,5 millions d’euros, dont 15 millions de ressources de la Banque et 7,5 millions de ressources de Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF: Fonds de cofinancement Banque africaine de développement et Banque Populaire de Chine), pour soutenir la Banque nationale pour le développement économique (BNDE) du Sénégal. Au Sénégal, les PME représentent environ 80% du tissu des entreprises, et contribuent à hauteur de 30% à la formation du PIB et emploient près de 60% de...

Multinational - Africa Forestry Fund II – Project Summary Note

The Africa Forestry Fund II (“ASFF II” or “Fund II”) is a US$150M second generation private equity fund focused on investing in sustainable forestry value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa (“SSA”). ASFF II is managed by Criterion Africa Partners (“CAP”), which is also responsible for ASFF I launched in 2010. The proposed AfDB equity investment is up to US$20M. Fund II has a term of 10 years with four one-year extensions. ASFF II will invest in (i) rehabilitation of brownfield plantations in Africa to enhance productivity (including a selective use of forestry assets to grow high value agricultural...

“Prospects for Africa” great as new spaces open up for Tunisia’s youth in industry

Smartly dressed Maroua Khemiri is ready to start a busy day. The young engineer has secured a contract with Eleonetech in Tunisia, an electro-mechanical firm that specialises in producing cables and electronic assembly. Having risen through the ranks to become the first female project manager at the electro-mechanical firm, Khemiri’s achievement as a female engineer in this part of North Africa is rare, especially in the industrial sector. “After I finished my studies, I was struggling to find a job. It was frustrating, to the point that I thought about leaving the country. Today, I’m a...

EOI - Angola - Capacity building of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) trainers on the Theory of constraint, Lean and six Sigma (tls) body of knwoledge

The Government of Angola (GoA) has received a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) towards the implementation of the Institutional Capacity Building for Private Sector Development Project (ICBPSD) and intends to apply part of this loan to payments under the contract for consultancy to carry out CAPACITY BUILDING OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSME) TRAINERS ON PROFITABILITY IMPROVEMENT SOLUTIONS BASED IN THE THEORY OF CONSTRAINT, LEAN AND SIX SIGMA (TLS) BODY OF KNWOLEDGE.

Japan and African Development Bank announce $3.5 billion in support of Africa’s private sector development

Electricity, transport, and health identified as key priorities Yokohama, Japan, 30 August 2019 - Japan and the African Development Bank on Friday announced a joint target of $3.5 billion under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA4), during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7). Both Japan and the Bank have set a target of $1.75 billion each, from 2020-2022, to enhance the fourth phase of EPSA to spur private-sector-led sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. “Building on the successful achievements so far, Japan and...

TICAD 7: African leaders make a clarion call for increased private sector engagement

Yokohama, Japan, 30 August 2019 - The African Development Bank delegation’s packed sessions kicked off on Thursday with President Adesina addressing Plenary Session 3 on Public-Private Business Dialogue: Enhance Trade and Investment between Japan and Africa. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially opened the session, chaired by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and co-chaired by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Presidents of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari; Namibia, Hage G. Geingob; Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou; and the continent’s top captains of industries were in attendance...

African Development Bank, Portugal and Guinea-Bissau sign compact to accelerate diversification, private sector development

The African Development Bank and the governments of Portugal and Guinea-Bissau have signed a country specific memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact, which aims to accelerate private sector development in Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa. The signing took place in Bissau on 27 July, between Geraldo Martins (Minister of Economy and Finance of Guinea-Bissauand AfDB Governor), Teresa Ribeiro (Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal) and Serge N’Guessan (AfDB Deputy Director General for the region). Portugal’s Foreign...

Rwanda - Supporting structural transformation in Rwanda by improving access to finance to local SMEs in transformative sectors - Project Summary Note

Cogebanque is a leading, private commercial bank in Rwanda with over 19 years of operations. Its current shareholding is held by Rwandan institutions (44%), businesspersons (53%) and the balance (3%) is held by individuals. Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) is the largest shareholder with a 43% shareholding . Licensed and regulated by the National Bank of Rwanda, Cogebanque has 26 branches scattered across the country supported by numerous agents and ATMs. It provides a comprehensive range of products and services to corporate, SMEs and retail customers

Mozambique - Banco comercial e de investimentos S.A. - Project Summary Note

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a line of credit of USD 30 million to Banco Comercial e de Investimentos S.A. (“BCI”) to promote industrialization and support for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) including women-owned and youth enterprises in Mozambique. As part of the package, the Affirmative Finance for Women in Africa (“AFAWA”) Initiative intends to provide technical assistance to support capacity building, business development and lending by BCI to women-empowered enterprises.

Multinational - Investisseurs et partenaires afrique entrepreneurs II (IPAE II) - Project Summary Note

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved an equity investment of € 7 million into Investisseurs & Partenaires Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (“IPAE.2”). IPAE.2 is a 10- year impact fund, targeting € 90 million total capitalization to invest into 30 to 40 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main target sectors include healthcare, agribusiness, financial services, education, consumer and retail

Tanzania - Africa fertilizer financing mechanism (Affm) - Project Summary

The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) was created in 2006 during the Abuja African Green Revolution summit. However it became operational in 2015, after achieving the initial capital of USD 10 Million. Following the realignment of the AFFM’s Strategy by the Governing Council in June 2018, it was decided that the AFFM focuses on the provision of credit guarantee as a tool for derisking the financing of fertilizer value chain across the continent in order to reach the Abuja Declaration target of 50kg of fertilizer use per hectare. In regard to this new focus area, a feasibility study...