The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s Nigeria field office on January 30, 2009, kicked-off the launching of the 2009 monthly meeting of Heads of Development Partners (HDPs). Chaired by AfDB Nigeria Resident Representative, Herve Assah, gave all development partners heads in Abuja the opportunity to discuss, among other things, a common strategic framework that will guide development cooperation in the country. The World Bank, DFID, USAID, UNDP/UN, IMF, JICA, CIDA, the French Development Agency, UNICEF and GTZ participated in the meeting.
Specific discussions were held on the sidelines among core development partners, including signatories to the tripartite partnership - World Bank, the European Commission and the African Development Bank - DFID, UNDP and USAID. In light of the Bank’s commitment to harmonization, alignment and results, the AfDB field office in Nigeria and all development partners have made substantial progress over the past year to deepen dialogue with the federal government in a coherent and structured manner, culminating in the submission of a proposed development partners consultation framework to the federal, state and local governments as well as towards the development of a joint Country Partnership Strategy (CPS).
This collaborative approach will ensure aid effectiveness, help Nigeria accelerate growth and improve progress towards achieving the MDGs. In this regard, AfDB will continue to participate in several thematic meetings aimed at developing the CPS to signal strong support for the government's development agenda, scale up financial and technical assistance, and step up finance investment to remove obstacles to growth and development. The meeting also provided the opportunity for heads of development partners to present their strategic orientation for 2009 and its implications for development programming in the country.