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The Bank’s private sector supports viable projects to the delivery of the Bank’s ten-year strategy, which continues to shape the Bank’s interventions and operations over the planning horizon to 2022.

  • Energy supply is mapped to Light Up and Power Africa. For more information please contact Wale Shonibare:
  • Agriculture and Rural development are attributed to Feed Africa. For more information, please contact Atsuko Toda:
  • Industry, mining, and quarrying are mapped to Industrialize Africa. For more information, please contact Abdu Mukhtar:
  • Multinational components of Communication and Transport are assigned to Integrate Africa. For more information, please contact Mamady Souare:
  • Social Services, Water Supply and Sanitation are mapped to Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa. For more information please contact Oley Dibba-Wadda:
  • Infrastructure, Cities & Urban Development. For more information please contact Amadou Oumarou:

  • An enterprise/project must be located and incorporated in the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) of the Bank, whether promoted by African or non-African investors.
  • An enterprise/project must be majority-owned (more than 50 per cent) by private-sector investors, or publicly owned with strong financial standing and proven managerial autonomy.
  • Projects for the establishment, expansion, diversification and modernization of productive enterprises (i.e. CAPEX).
  • Investment size determined by Single Obligor Limit and other prudential considerations.
  • Maximum AfDB participation cannot exceed 33 per cent of total project cost for Greenfield projects; however, it can be higher for projects entailing expansion of existing facilities.
  • Evidence of strong integrity, good reputation and adequate financial standing.

To enable the Bank to promptly assess the eligibility of a project for investment, interested enterprises should submit a preliminary application covering, in general, the following information:

  • Description of the project (sector, location, production volumes, etc.)
  • Sponsors, including financial and managerial background
  • Cost estimates, including foreign exchange requirements
  • Financing plan, indicating the amount of AfDB financing desired
  • Key technical and environmental features
  • Feasibility indicators
  • Business climate, market prospect, including proposed marketing arrangements
  • Implementation plan, including the status of required licenses, permits, certificates, etc.

Having determined the eligibility of a project financing application, the Bank will initiate a full application review. To facilitate this, the Bank will require the following:

  • Feasibility study
  • Business plan
  • Environmental and social impact assessment (depending on the nature of the project)

Types of Financial Instruments

The African Development Bank continues to adjust its operations by adapting existing instruments and adopting new instruments, when necessary, to manage risk and to assure efficient delivery of services to the changing needs of its clients in emerging markets, inter alia, the following financial products:

  • Senior Debt:
    • Up to 15 years (including five years’ grace period).
    • Foreign or local currencies, risk priced.
  • Guarantees:
    • Partial risk, partial credit (long tenors).
    • For specific credits or commercial bank SME programs, risk priced.
  • Subordinated Debt:
    • Subordinated loans or bonds.
    • Local currency possible, maximum 15 years (10+5), risk priced.
  • Equity:
    • Direct investments in banks, development financial institutions (DFIs), micro-finance institutions, etc.
    • Up to 25 per cent with or without Board seat, planned exit, commercial returns.
  • Technical Assistance:
    • Grants for studies.
    • Up to US $1 million for institutional capacity building programs.