IUCN and African Development Bank explore additional opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa

01 July 2011 | News story

Officials from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and IUCN-ESARO staff met in Nairobi today to look at ways of collaboration as they expand their programmes in the eastern and southern parts of Africa. The meeting convened programme staff from the IUCN regional office and its country offices in the region and is buidling on the work that IUCN and AfDB are doing in West and Central Africa.

In their remarks, both Ali Kaka and Aimé Nianogo, the two IUCN Regional Directors in Africa, emphasized that the meeting is a continuation of on-going efforts to share information on the interests of both organizations in a number of areas. They also noted that the meeting offers an opportunity to generate ideas on where the two organizations can collaborate more.

Speaking during the meeting, Bamba Diop, AfDB Environmental Specialist noted IUCN’s convening power and the strengths of IUCN in the technical aspects of environment which the Bank is in need of. “A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between IUCN and the bank and prior to that, IUCN and AfDB have been in discussion for many years around the environmental aspects of the Bank’s programme.”

He informed the meeting that IUCN has been working with the AfDB on a number of projects in West Africa and there is need to expand the work to diverse areas in the other parts of Africa.

Established to help development efforts on the continent, the overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction.

For more information, please contact: Ali Kaka, IUCN Regional Director on ali.kaka@iucn.org