28 December 2017
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African Development Bank Board Approves Third Sovereign Lending Instrument

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved the Bank's third sovereign lending instrument called the Results-Based Financing (RBF) Policy. RBF will be the Bank's third financing instrument to complement the two existing instruments, namely, investment lending and program-based operations (PBOs). RBF is an additional, innovative, financing instrument that supports government-owned programs and links disbursements directly to the achievement of program results.

The approval of the RBF policy comes at a critical juncture where countries are increasingly harnessing resources for structural transformation and seeking financing and expertise from development partners, in flexible ways, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their development programs. The Policy will therefore enhance the Bank's responsiveness to such growing demands from its clients. It will also sharpen the Bank's results focus and help scale up financing in the High 5 priority areas recently adopted by the institution. In so doing, the Bank will increase accountability and incentives for delivering and sustaining results, while promoting institutional development and enhancing development effectiveness concurrently.

The Bank will embark on the development of a solid pipeline of RBF operations, carefully selecting priority government programs that will deliver ambitious results in regional member countries. In the coming year, the Bank will enhance dialogue with countries in order to scale up RBF financing. Enquiries related to RBF can be sent to RBF_Help_Desk@AFDB.ORG.

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