The UK’s support to the African Development Bank Group

The UK’s work with Africa’s leading development institution is good value for money, allowing the UK taxpayer to influence development across Africa, but more could be done to strengthen strategic engagement between the UK and the Bank, and cooperation on the ground.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 31 July 2020
  3. Type: Full review
  4. Subject: Development finance, Multilateral spend
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Ivory coast, Nigeria, Uganda
  7. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  8. SDGs covered:No poverty, Gender equality, Clean water and sanitation, Affordable and clean energy, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Read the approach paper

Our approach

The review covers the period since 2014, which includes the 13th and 14th replenishments of the ADF. It includes an overview of the AfDB Group but does not focus equally on all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals that the AfDB Group lists in its Mission and Strategy Statement.

It focuses in particular on specific themes, such as fragility, financial leverage and leave no one behind, and sectors that have received the most funding in recent years – transport, power, agriculture and WASH.

In order to gain a detailed understanding of how the AfDB Group works in specific contexts, we developed five in-depth case studies – Nigeria, Uganda, Tunisia, Kenya and Mali, including visits to two of these countries (Nigeria and Uganda). We also visited the AfDB Group headquarters in Cote d’Ivoire to expand on the evidence we’d collected. In addition, we conducted a literature review (below) and a review of DFID and the AfDB Group’s corporate-level documentation and evidence, including interviews with key stakeholders within both organisations.

Review questions

We sought to answer the following questions:

  1. How well aligned is the AfDB with the UK’s aid priorities in Africa?
  2. How effective is the AfDB at delivering UK aid priorities?
  3. How well does DFID ensure the value for money of its contributions to the AfDB?




Published 25 September 2019

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 31 July 2020

Government response

Published 18 September 2020

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 14 December 2020

ICAI follow-up

Published 30 June 2022