Interactive: Who wins AfDB contracts, and what for?

Devex has analyzed and visualized sixteen years of African Development Bank data for your benefit. Discover partners, competitors, and bank priorities in our AfDB Contractors Insights series.

Ever since its founding, the African Development Bank has worked with a broad range of partners and implementers in the pursuit of its mission. For these partners and implementers — from engineering contractors to automobile distributors; from development consultancies to non-profit research institutes — the bank’s loans, grants, and non-project financial operations, which are used to drive development in Africa, constitute a lucrative market. However, this “market” is highly structured — something that has both benefits and drawbacks when it comes to doing business in Africa. As Devex learned in conversations with successful AfDB contractors — highlights from which will be published next week — doing business with the bank mitigates some of the risks that firms face on the continent, but also entails more stringent requirements and more complex regulations than typical business-to-government deals.

To better understand this “market” for AfDB development contracts, Devex has analyzed and visualized all of AfDB’s contract awards data from 2000 through 2016. During this time, AfDB awarded over $26 billion in nearly 30,000 contracts for projects across Africa. The data reveals how AfDB contracting has changed over time, allowing us to compare geographical and sectoral allocations of funding, as well as the success of different contractors or groups of contractors over time. Insights like these can be helpful for both long-standing and aspiring AfDB contractors, especially when seeking partners or researching competitors for new opportunities.

About the author

  • Matthew Wolf

    Matthew Wolf works with the Devex Analytics team from Johannesburg in South Africa, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges, results-based financing, and ICT4D.