United Kingdom

Partnership overview

The United Kingdom joined the African Development Fund (ADF) on June 20, 1973 and became a member of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on April 29, 1983. U.K. supported the 2010 General Capital Increase VI and ADF XII replenishment. For ADF XII, it contributed GBP 557 million which is 35 per cent increase from ADF XI. The U.K. burden share represents 13.99 per cent of ADF-XII.  
The Department for International Development (DFID) has made financial contributions through the establishment of a Technical Cooperation Arrangement (TCA) with the Bank in 2007 for GBP 13 million. The TCA areas of focus are: infrastructure, private sector development, water, governance, institutional strengthening, knowledge management, climate change, aid effectiveness, and fragile states.

Since the 1970s, DFID has provided secondments and technical assistants to enhance the quality of Bank’s operations. The most recent secondments and technical assistants financed by DFID have been in financial management, climate change, governance, and infrastructure.

In 2010, the U.K. Government carried out a Multilateral Aid Review (MAR), which assessed its funding of international agencies such as the AfDB, World Bank and the United Nations. MAR aimed to ensure that the U.K. gets maximum value for U.K. aid through its contributions to multilateral organizations. While the African Development Fund was found good in demonstrating value for U.K. aid, the report recommended the Bank to further improve effectiveness of development operations through implementation of its decentralization policy. The U.K. Government has been conducting an update of the MAR on the AfDB to be concluded in 2013.

Joint initiatives

The U.K., through DFID, contributes to the following multi-donor trust funds and initiatives:

  • The African Water Facility (AWF) (GBP 15 million) – The AWF was established in 2005 to assist African countries to meet the goals and targets for the water sector in line with the African Water Vision (AWV) and the Framework for Action (FFA).  
  • Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) (GBP 50 million) – The CBFF was established in 2008 to support innovative and transformational approaches geared towards:
    • Developing the capacity of the people and institutions in the countries of the Congo Basin to enable them to effectively manage their forests;
    • Helping local communities find livelihoods that are consistent with sustainable conservation of forests; and
    • Reducing the rate of deforestation through new financial mechanisms and appropriate models.
  • Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) (GBP 1.5 million) – ICA was launched at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to support the scaling up of investment for infrastructure development in Africa from both public and private sources.
  • NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) (GBP 6 million) – NEPAD-IPPF was established in 2005 to support the preparation of viable and bankable regional infrastructure projects and programs in Africa. The aim is to attract more public and private investments for the development of infrastructure to the benefit of the Regional Member Countries of the Bank.
  • Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Zim-Fund) (GBP 10 million) – Zim-Fund was established in 2010 to contribute to early recovery and development efforts in Zimbabwe. The thematic scope of the Fund initially focuses on infrastructure investments in water & sanitation, and energy.
  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Countries in Transition (TFT) (GBP 2.4 million) – TFT was established in 2012 to respond to the imminent needs of the transformational period in North African region, particularly Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, after the Arab Spring.


Mr. Dominic O’Neill
Executive Director
Tel: (225) 2026 2069
Mr. Eric Hilberink
Alternate Executive Director, The Netherlands

Ms. Paola Pettinari
Senior Advisor
Tel (225) 2026 2053

Ms. Frieda Margie Nicolai
Tel (225) 2026 3671

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