The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a Multi-lateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises of three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund.
The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.
AfDB and Health Systems in Africa
To strengthen the weakest elements of African health care systems and to leverage limited resources, the African Development Bank (AfDB) invests in particular in building and upgrading healthcare infrastructure and in training health professionals. By so doing, the AfDB can also create synergies with its investments in tertiary scientific and technological education, in agriculture, in infrastructure, and in water and sanitation. In implementing the Paris Declaration, the AfDB supports regional health initiatives in partnership with other stackeholders included donors , such as the African Network for Drug and Diagnostic Innovation (ANDI) and the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) mechanism.
The African Development Bank Group and HHA
As a founding member of the HHA mechanism, the AfDB aims to carry out its activities related to health systems strengthening in accordance with the principles of HHA. This involves the coordination and the sharing of information of its activities with the HHA partners and involvement in joint activities, workshops and the communities of practice.