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African Development Bank

Avenue Jean-Paul II, 01 BP 1387, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire

+225 20 26 10 20 | Email:

PRESIDENTAkinwumi A. Adesina

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2020.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2020.

The African Development Bank reduces poverty in Arica, improves living conditions for Africans, and mobilizes resources for economic and social development throughout the continent.


The African Development Bank (AFDB) was founded following an agreement that the member states signed on August 14, 1963, in Khartoum, Sudan. The agreement became effective on September 10, 1964. By charter amendment, the AFDB expanded its membership to include nonregional countries in 1982. The admission of nonregional member countries more than doubled AFDB capital resources.

The African Development Bank (AFDB) group is a regional multilateral development finance institution. It was established to help the institution’s regional member countries, all of which are African countries, develop economically and to promote their social progress. With its headquarters officially in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the AFDB is the premier development finance institution on the continent of Africa.

The AFDB comprises three entities: a development bank, a development fund, and a trust fund. AFDB membership totals 81 countries: 54 regional (African) and 27 nonregional countries. The United Arab Emirates is a contributor to the African Development Fund (ADF), but is not a nonregional member country.

AFDB has posted 11 organograms (i.e., organizational charts) in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


The AFDB's mandate centers on the economic development and social progress of its regional members. Development banks promote the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic development of their stakeholders. Development banks finance projects that are run either by the government or the private sector. The AFDB is one of the world's five major multilateral development banks that provides assistance to its regional member countries to help them achieve their development goals.

The ADF complements AFDB operations by providing concessional financing for high-priority development projects. Contributing countries provide the ADF with resources to improve economic and social conditions in beneficiary countries. These beneficiaries include countries that are increasing in economic capacity and en route to becoming the new emerging markets or that are regarded as fragile states and require special assistance for basics levels of service delivery.

The Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF) is a self-sustaining and revolving fund. It assists the development efforts of the AFDB's low-income regional member countries whose economic and social conditions and prospects require concessional financing.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

The General Services and Procurement Department administrates the AFDB's internal procurement.

Career Opportunities

Grade and salary data and information on current job vacancies are available online.

Climate Change

The AFDB promotes building greater capacity for African countries to address climate change risks. The AFDB finances investments that are "climate-proof," meaning that these investments are designed, installed, implemented, and managed to reduce to a minimal level global warming's adverse effects, while maintaining the most cost-effective ratio as possible.

Contact Information

The AFDB maintains some operations in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and some functions in Tunis, Tunisia. Addresses and phone numbers are available on the AFDB group's website, on the "Contact Us" page.


The AFDB posts documents on its website.

Evolution of an African Institution

In the 1960s, a group of African leaders designed a new institution to be 100 percent African. These leaders were expressing a strong and spreading desire for Africans to be in charge of their own destiny. To learn more about the institution that they eventually established and its growth over time, visit the "Bank Group's Evolution" web page.

Financial Crisis

The AFDB has knowledge products on the youth unemployment crisis in Africa and on systemic banking crises in low income countries.


The AFDB website offers information and resources for visitors who read French.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The AFDB posts answers to FAQs on its website.


The AFDB website features a glossary of acronyms.


A short history of the AFDB is available online.

News / Events

The AFDB website features events, interviews, loan and grant announcements, multimedia, news, press releases, project stories, and speeches.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The AFDB has a Facebook account.

The AFDB tweets announcements and newsworthy items in English and French on Twitter.

The AFDB posts videos on its YouTube channel.


Defining achievable goals and setting realistic targets, as well as evaluating the effects of projects, depend heavily on reliable data. The AFDB promotes improvement in the quality and quantity of statistical data on all aspects of development.

Web TV

The AFDB's Web TV features programs in English and French.

Where the AFDB Works

The AFDB's website features a list of African countries where the Bank is active.

The Sources of Information were updated 10–2020.