Policies on Cross Cutting Issues

23-May-2019

The African Development Bank Group Policy on Disclosure of Information - Into effect since October 2005

In December, 1997, the Boards of Directors approved a policy for Public Disclosure of Information which established the procedures and the types of information for disclosure in the absence of compelling reasons for confidentiality. The Bank Group’s Policy on Disclosure of Information became effective in 1998. The policy was based on the principle that the Bank Group should be open and transparent in its operations. The main lessons from the implementation of the 1997 policy is that many institutions, civil groups and individuals have come to understand, appreciate and get involved in the...
15-Jun-2015

Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) formal engagement with civil society began with the first AfDB/ NGO consultative meeting, held in Abidjan in 1990. Following that meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a set of procedures, mechanisms, and guidelines to orient its cooperation with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The Bank revised the policy in 2000 to reflect its enhanced commitment to this cooperation, focusing on civil society more broadly, rather than just NGOs. A joint committee was established in 2000 to guide and facilitate the Bank’s collaboration with civil society...
15-Jun-2015

Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) formal engagement with civil society began with the first AfDB/ NGO consultative meeting, held in Abidjan in 1990. Following that meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a set of procedures, mechanisms, and guidelines to orient its cooperation with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The Bank revised the policy in 2000 to reflect its enhanced commitment to this cooperation, focusing on civil society more broadly, rather than just NGOs. A joint committee was established in 2000 to guide and facilitate the Bank’s collaboration with civil society...
10-Apr-2014

Regional Operations Selection and Prioritization Framework (Revised Framework)

Regional integration is a fundamental element of the African Development Bank Group’s core activities and one of the African Development Fund’s core priorities. This strategic focus on regional integration is well aligned with African countries’ own strong commitment to advancing the regional agenda that is indispensable to their trade, growth and the reduction of poverty. Competitiveness and productiv ity can be improved — and significant economic and welfare gains achieved — by addressing bottlenecks in both hard, or physical, infrastructure and soft infrastructure such as regulatory...
28-Jan-2013

Bank Group Policy on Disclosure and Access to Infomation - In Effect Since 3rd February 2013

The African Development Bank Group decided as a matter of priority to revise its 2005 Policy on disclosure of information to further re-affirm its com- mitment to the principles of good governance, particularly transparency, ac- countability and sharing of information in its operations. The revision of this policy is also part of the institutional reform commitments made to shareholders during negotiations of the Sixth General Capital Increase (GCI) of the African Development Bank and the Twelfth Replenishment of the African Development Fund in 2010.
12-Oct-2012

Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations

The African Development Bank’s ( AfDB’s ) formal engagement with civil society began with the first AfDB/NGO consultative meeting, held in Abidjan in 1990 . Following th at meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a set of procedures, mechanisms , and guidelines to orient its coopera tion with non governmental organizations (NGOs). The Bank revised t he policy in 2000 to reflect it s enhanced commitment to this cooperatio n, focus ing on civil society more broad ly, rather than just NGOs . A joint committee was established in 2000 t o guide and facilitate the Bank ’s collaboration with...
09-May-2012

Disbursement Handbook

The Disbursement Handbook (the Handbook) sets out the disbursement policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures of the African Development Bank Group (ADB). It serves as a reference guide for Bank staff, Borrowers1, Executing Agencies2, Co-Financiers, Suppliers and other contracting parties in designing, operating disbursement activity and withdrawing loan3 proceeds to ensure efficient and effective project implementation.
28-Mar-2012

Bank Group Policy on Program-Based Operations (PBOs)

The Bank Group Policy on Program-Based Operations (PBOs), also known as budget support, was approved on March 14, 2012. The Bank’s vision is to use PBOs, where appropriate, as part of an instrument mix tailored to country circumstances, focusing on support to RMC expenditure and policy reform to improve service delivery, thereby supporting poverty reduction through strong, sustained and shared growth. The Policy is expected to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank’s PBOs, which would invariably help to deliver better results in support of priority sectors in Regional Member...
01-Apr-2011

Proposal for a Framework for Managing GCI Resources and Large Loans

The primary business of the Bank is to support the social and economic development efforts of its Regional Member Countries (RMCs) through the provision of development financing, advisory and other technical assistance services, to the extent permitted by its financial capacity and established credit risk and exposure management policies. Prior to the global financial and economic crises, the Bank’s financial capacity was deemed adequate to deliver its projected short to medium term operations. However, like other MDBs, the Bank was called upon by both borrowing and non-borrowing members and...
19-Mar-2008

Bank Group Eligible Expenditures Policy

The Boards of Directors, on March 19, 2008, approved a new policy on expenditures eligibility for Bank Group financing (Board Document ADB/BD/WP/2007/106/Rev.1 and ADF/BD/WP/2007/72/Rev.1). The objective of the new policy is to strengthen the Bank's focus on results through greater (i) alignment of the expenditure eligibility policy on the development priorities of regional member countries (RMC) and (ii) harmonization with other sister institutions particularly the World Bank. The new policy also seeks to tailor expenditure eligibility to the specific context of each RMC through the...
03-Nov-2000

AfDB Group Policy on Poverty Reduction

The policy paper affirms the commitment of the African Development Bank (The Bank) to its overarching goal of poverty reduction by emphasizing the importance of supporting national ownership, participation and outcome orientation in the effort to improve the lives of the poor in Africa. The achievement of this goal entails the integration of a poverty perspective throughout Bank activities and the development of appropriate operational mechanisms and institutional arrangements.
30-Oct-2000

Angola Country Financing Parameters Note

This note describes application of the new policy for expenditure eligibility in World Bank financing to the Angola program, and proposes a corresponding set of country financing parameters. The new framework allows the Bank to finance expenditures needed to meet the development objectives of the operations it supports, within an overall framework that addresses risks to fiscal sustainability and the appropriate use of Bank resources, in a way that is consistent with the Articles of Agreement. The new policy increases the Bank’s flexibility to allow the use of Bank loan proceeds for a number...
27-Oct-2000

Bank Group Involuntary Resettlement Policy

The Bank Group involuntary resettlement policy has been developed to cover involuntary displacement and resettlement of people caused by a Bank financed project and it applies when a project results in relocation or loss of shelter by the persons residing in the project area, assets being lost or livelihoods being affected. The policy is set within the framework of the Bank’s Vision in which poverty reduction represents the overarching goal. Within this goal, the strategic action to achieve sustainable development will be pursued. It reaffirms therefore the commitment of the Bank to promote...
16-Oct-2000

Benin Country Financing Parameters Note

This note provides the supporting analysis and background for the country financing parameters under the new policy framework for expenditures eligibility. The new policy framework, approved by the Bank in April 2004, makes development objectives the primary determinant of Bank financing, while making sure that risks, such as those to fiscal sustainability and the use of Bank funds, are appropriately addressed. In doing so, it reduces the disconnect between the types of expenditures that borrowers need to incur to implement their development programs and those that the Bank may finance. Also...
13-Oct-2000

Burkina Faso Country Financing Parameters Note

This note describes the application of the Bank’s new policy on expenditure eligibility in World Bank financing for Burkina Faso. The new financing parameters were discussed with the Government in December 2004 and comments have been incorporated. It is recommended that Burkina Faso should make full use of the greater flexibility in expenditure eligibility when and where appropriate. The Bank may finance project costs up to 100 %. The Bank may also finance recurrent and local costs in any proportion needed for individual projects. As of now, there are no excessive taxes and duties, and the...
02-Oct-2000

Burundi Country Financing Parameters Note

This note provides the supporting rationale for the country financing parameters (CFP) eligibility for Burundi. The new policy allows IDA to finance expenditures needed to meet the development objectives of the operations it supports, within an overall framework that addresses risks related to fiscal sustainability and the appropriate use of IDA resources, in a way that is consistent with the Articles of Agreement. The proposed approach is expected to increase flexibility to permit the use of IDA financing for a number of expenditures. It rests on three guiding principles, namely: (a) the...
29-Sep-2000

Cameroon Country Financing Parameters Note

Since the mid-1990’s, Cameroon has undertaken a comprehensive economic reform program, with a very positive impact on economic performance. Economic growth has been steady with a real GDP growth sustained at around 4.5 percent during 1997-2004, and inflation has been contained to less than 2.0, partly due to prudent monetary policy at the regional Central Bank, BEAC. In 2004, Cameroon has continued to maintain broad macroeconomic stability, with slowly rising per capita GDP. Growth performance in 2004 was good with GDP growth reaching 4.8 percent, and inflation remaining very low. The current...
18-Sep-2000

Cape Verde Country Financing Parameters Note

This Note describes the application of the new policy for expenditure eligibility in World Bank financing to Cape Verde by outlining the country financing parameters for Cape Verde. The new framework allows the Bank to finance expenditures needed to meet the development objectives of the operations it supports, within an overall framework that addresses risks to fiscal sustainability and the appropriate use of Bank resources, in a way that is consistent with the Articles of Agreement.
15-Sep-2000

CAR .Country Financing Parameters Note

This Annex provides additional information on the country financing parameters for Central African Republic (CAR) pursuant to OPBP 6.00, Bank Financing. The Government of Central African Republic has been consulted and welcomes the increased flexibility the parameters would provide.
04-Sep-2000

Economic Cooperation and Regional Integration Policy

The fragmentation of Africa into many nation states with scant economic coherence led African leaders, following political independence, to embrace regional integration as a central element of their development strategy. The small size and primary production structure of the typical African economy provided the rationale for pursuing mutually beneficial economic cooperation and regional integration particularly among adjacent states.