In 2010, the French Development Agency (AFD) and ADB signed two major agreements: a framework partnership agreement for 2010-2016 and a co-financing framework agreement for 2010-2013. As part of the partnership, the two institutions agreed to strengthen institutional cooperation, research and cooperation in knowledge and to pursue operational cooperation in the form of joint co-financing, research and development of knowledge products, a staff exchange programme and a regular political dialogue in the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. This report outlines the activities and results of the AfDB`s funding partnerships in 2018. The stories show how these partnerships have had a decisive impact on the lives of the poor. The ADB has been working in partnerships with civil society for more than a decade. The relationship is often triangular and involves both client governments and civil society organizations working on projects and technical assistance activities. For example, the ADB Centre for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) manages cooperation agreements with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). Statements of Intent [IUCN; WWF] signed with them to formalize cooperation to achieve the common goal of poverty reduction and environmentally friendly development. Credit Suisse is a global financial services leader based in Zurich.
Credit Suisse has provided grants and expertise in the included trade assistance mechanism, which provides technical assistance to encourage investment in inclusive activities in the AfDB`s developing countries. Under the Global Citizens Program, Credit Suisse`s expertise is to deploy up to six employees per year to provide specific expertise to companies targeting low-income communities. This innovative public-private partnership initiative was further enhanced by Credit Suisse, which provided the Impact bankers with training and investors to equip them with the skills to structure financing for inclusive business transactions and provide ADB expertise on local monetary solutions. In May 2009, export-import Bank of China (China Eximbank, a state-owned bank in the PRC) and ADB signed a framework co-financing agreement to deepen their institutional partnership under programmatic co-financing. The agreement, which builds on an agreement signed in 2006 and aims to facilitate access to infrastructure projects for governments, sub-government borrowers and private entities. On July 2, 2014, ADB and KfW signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a $2 billion collaborative co-financing to support development in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia and Vietnam. The sectors and areas of common interest identified are renewable energy and energy efficiency, urban infrastructure, including urban mobility, climate and financing for small and medium-sized enterprises, vocational training and regional integration. Following the signing of the agreement, the ADB and KfW decided to continue the review of co-financing operations in Afghanistan, the PRC, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The ADB and KfW also agreed to strengthen cooperation to harmonize project design and implementation processes between institutions, joint knowledge management and research events, staff exchanges, and withdrawal and training. This important partnership helps the AfDB and its developing countries expand and expand co-financing operations in priority sectors.
Australia and the ADB cooperate in the Pacific and work towards closer cooperation through political cooperation and project co-financing. Australian aid focuses on key health priorities; Education Economic development Governance Strengthening resilience (humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection); Climate change Gender equality and the skills of women and girls.