Switzerland became a member of the African Development Fund (ADF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1973 and in 1982 respectively. Switzerland has increased its ADF burden share to 3% in AfDF-13, and pledged a supplementary contribution of 15 million Unit of Account.

As part of its development agenda, Switzerland has pledged stronger focus on fragile states and conflict contexts, reducing poverty, promoting human development, supporting rural development and good governance. Switzerland is supporting the Bank to implement its strategy with a particular emphasis on:

  • Increased impact in Fragile States;
  • Improved Development Effectiveness and Management for Results;
  • Gender  Equality in Development;
  • Improved Governance, including  in natural resources management
  • Climate and Green Growth; and
  • Impact of private sector operations on poverty reduction and development.

Joint initiatives

Collaboration between the Bank and Switzerland is mainly through the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

  • The AfDB signed two Technical Cooperation Agreements with SDC in 1977 and 1988, respectively. An Exchange of Letters was also signed in 1995.
  • Under the Swiss Technical Cooperation Fund, grant resources have been provided to support consultancy services related to feasibility studies, project appraisal, supervision, training, and institutional support to the AfDB. Eligible sectors are agriculture, environment, water supply and sanitation, health, private sector development and governance.
  • Switzerland is an active supporter of the Governance Trust Fund and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Trust Fund.
  • SDC is also providing technical assistance to AfDB through provision of experts to the Bank’s water department as well as to the department in charge of countries affected by fragile situations.


Mr. Ronald Meyer
Executive Director
African Development Bank, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Tel: (+225) 2026 2018

Ms. Christine Lewis Senior Advisor Tel (+225) 2026 4221

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