Interactive: AfDB contract award data, what you need to know

A Chinese contractor supervises construction workers as they erect a new bridge along the Nairobi-Thika highway, a project funded by the Kenyan and Chinese government, and AfDB. Photo by: REUTERS / Thomas Mukoya

Details of contracts awarded by the African Development Bank overwhelmingly show the importance of large-scale infrastructure projects in its strategy to invest in the development of Africa.

Interactive: Who are AfDB's top contractors?

Analysis of the contracts awarded by AfDB in 2018 shows a strong focus on road infrastructure and water and sanitation. Devex digs into the data to bring you the new insights.

To support these projects, AfDB is showing a preference for partners headquartered outside of Africa — especially China-based companies. Despite the big money going to build better roads and large-scale engineering projects, its contracts still show a large portfolio of projects supporting smaller social impact initiatives and community projects.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.