Development Partners

African Development Bank (AFDB)

The African Development Bank is the Group's parent organization. The Agreement establishing the African Development Bank was adopted and opened for signature at the Khartoum, Sudan, conference on August 4, 1963. Its major role is to contribute to the economic and social progress of its regional member countries - individually and collectively.

As of 31 December 2011, the African Development Bank's authorized capital is subscribed to by 77 member countries made up of 53 independent African countries (regional members) and 24 non-African countries (non-regional members).

The institution's resources come from ordinary and special resources. Ordinary resources comprise:

  • the subscribed shares of the authorized capital, a portion of which is subject to call in order to guarantee ADB borrowing obligations;
  • funds received in repayment of ADB loans;
  • funds raised through ADB borrowings on international capital markets;
  • income derived from ADB loans; and
  • other income received by the Bank, e.g. income from other investments.

Under Article 8 of the Agreement establishing the AfDB, the Bank is authorized to establish or be entrusted with administering and managing special funds which are consistent with its purposes and functions. In line with this provision, the African Development Fund (ADF) was established with non-African states in 1972 and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF) with the Nigeria Government in 1976.

Other special and trust funds include:

  • the Arab Oil Fund;
  • the Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa;
  • the Special Relief Fund.

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Mr. Achille Toto Same
Governance, Economic and Financial Management Department
African Development Bank Group
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Ms. Patricia N. Laverley or Mr. Achille Toto Same
Governance, Economic and Financial Management Department
African Development Bank Group
15 Avenue de Ghana, B.P. 323 - 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia
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Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK's work to end extreme poverty. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

DFID is a ministerial department, supported by 2 agencies and public bodies.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as an innovative partner for the global challenges of tomorrow, operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In its role as a German federal enterprise, it supports the federal government in achieving its aim of sustainable development in both international cooperation and international education. 

GIZ - commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)  and co-funded by the European Union - has supported its partner institutions in Africa by providing technical assistance through the GIZ programme 'Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa'. The backbone of the programme is the partnership with networks of African government officials in the areas of taxation, budgeting and fiscal oversight to support their aim to strengthen public financial management capacities across Africa: the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the Collaborative African Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) and the 2013 founded African Organisation of Public Account Committees (AFROPAC). The programme supports these partner organisations in offering knowledge, training and exchange opportunities to their members to develop and implement joint standards and improve financial governance.

  • The cooperation with ATAF and the ATAF secretariat has contributed  towards:
  • establishing ATAF as an international organisation;
  • delivering demand-driven ATAF research projects;
  • offering tailor-made capacity-development measures.

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Dr. Barbara Dutzler
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Irish Aid 

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland's official development assistance programme. The aim of Irish Aid is to reduce poverty and hunger, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest.  By supporting long term development and providing humanitarian assistance on behalf of the Irish people, Irish Aid is helping to build better futures for some of the world's poorest communities.  

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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs who is in charge of the government department. The Ministry's highest civil servants are the Secretary of State, who acts as the head of the Office of the Minister, and four Under-Secretaries of State. The duties of the Ministry are divided between eight departments. The Political Department, Department for External Economic Relations, and Department for Development Policy are responsible for policy coordination.

Regional matters are handled by four departments: Department for Europe; Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Department for the Americas and Asia; and Department for Africa and the Middle East.

The Department for Communications is the eighth department.

The Ministry's Roving Ambassadors are based in the units of the regional departments which are in charge of the geographical region of their field of responsibility. 

The Department for Development Policy handles the following issues:

  • Finland's international development policy, development cooperation policy, and development and humanitarian financing;
  • overall planning and monitoring of development cooperation, action plans and financial planning, budget formulation, financial administration as well as statistics and reporting;
  • quality control, development and guidance related to development cooperation, including development research;
  • development policy and development cooperation in the EU and the OECD;
  • non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) development cooperation, support for international NGOs (INGOs) in respect of issues that do not fall under the administration of any other organisational unit;
  • FINNFUND, concessional credits and business-to-business partnerships;
  • development questions in the UN, and the UN's operative development programmes and funds;
  • development policy dimensions of Trade and Development and Aid for Trade (AfT);
  • development Financing Institutions (DFIs), developing countries' debt issues, and innovative financing mechanisms;
  • sustainable development and international environmental policy, including related financing;
  • humanitarian aid policy and humanitarian assistance;
  • planning and guidance of Junior Professional Officer (JPO) activities;
  • international agreements that fall under the administration of the Department, planning of legislation and other legal issues. 



Domestic resource mobilization, and taxation is an essential part of that, is important for countries to become self-sustaining and less dependent on aid. The Netherlands welcomes the initiative taken by African Tax Administrations to establish ATAF and is supporting it. The support fits in the Netherlands' policy to support (inclusive) economic growth on the continent, i.e. by promoting private sector development and improving the investment climate. 

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Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) 

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Norad's functions are laid down in the agency's terms of reference and annual letters of allocation issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The majority of Norwegian development assistance is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian foreign missions. In the case of aid funds that are not administered by Norad, the agency provides advice on what is required to achieve results, communicates results and contributes to debate on the effects of development assistance.

Quality assurance is defined as one of Norad's five main tasks, but is also an aspect common to all its main tasks.

In the years up to 2015, Norad will

  • Help to empower recipient countries to achieve their own development goals;
  • Concentrate most resources on following up on the main priority areas of Norwegian development policy;
  • Help to promote a focus on and communicate the results of the entire range of Norwegian development assistance activities;
  • Produce and apply knowledge of what works and what doesn't in order to improve development assistance;
  • Be an instigator of public debate on development assistance and development; and
  • Develop expertise, working methods and leadership that enable Norad to solve complex tasks effectively.

(From Norad's Strategy towards 2015: Results in the Fight against Poverty).

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD, at the last Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) conference held in Paris on 28 and 29 May 2009, reconfirmed its support to Tax Administrations in Africa for the establishment of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the work currently being carried out towards the establishment of an International Tax Centre in Africa.

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO 

The Economic Cooperation and Development Division of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is responsible for planning and implementing cooperation with developing countries. The aim of this cooperation is to improve the living conditions of the population and to reduce disparities amongst all countries. SECO is focusing its projects on the promotion of sustainable economic growth based on a m arket economy and on the integration of partner countries into the world economy. In Africa, SECO is involved in providing measures to support macroeconomic policy reforms, infrastructure projects a nd programs for promoting trade and investment. Important principles for cooperation are good governance and the mobilization of private resources (capital and know-how).

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The development of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) comes at a crucial time for tax administrations in Africa. The Forum aims to become a platform to allow African administrators to articulate African tax p​riorities, anchor good practices, and build capacity in African tax policy and administration through peer learning and knowledge development.

Read more on the development of and rationale behind the ATAF: International Conference on Taxation, State Building and Capacity Development in Africa - Pretoria Communique​

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