The Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group has approved management’s request to leverage the equity of the African Development Fund, to mobilize more resources on the capital markets. The Fund is the Bank’s concessional lending window.
“When fully implemented, the Bank Group could unlock up to $27 billion to help low-income and fragile states,” Bank Group president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said on Friday.
“What this means is that when this is launched, we can raise an additional $4 billion or even more per cycle [every three years] for these least developed low-income countries,” Adesina said during the official closing ceremony of the Bank Group’s 2023 Annual Meetings in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
With nearly half its recipient countries classified as fragile states, the African Development Fund contributes to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development in those countries by providing concessional funding for their projects and programs. Nine of the ten world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change are in Sub-Saharan Africa and rely on the resources of the Fund.
In a declaration issued at the end of the meetings, the Bank’s Governors stressed the need for substantial financial resources to support climate adaptation in Africa. This must include the delivery of wealthy nations’ commitment to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance for developing countries.
“We call for urgent action to double the collective provision of climate finance for adaptation, and operationalization of new funding arrangements to respond to loss and damage as per decisions of the Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, the last sessions of which were held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.”
The Bank dedicated this year’s Annual Meetings to ‘Mobilizing Private Sector Financing for Climate and Green Growth’. The event rallied African leaders, development partners and researchers to find practical solutions to raising climate finance, including leveraging on the continent’s natural capital.