Multinational - Exceptional Project to support ECOWAS Low Income Members Countries and Strengthening the Health Systems of the Gambia, Mali and Niger to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 May 2020
Signature Date 22 Sep 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Sep 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 7,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed intervention aims at providing assistance to low-income ECOWAS member countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa. This is a well-defined support to regional public goods defined according to Phases I and II criteria and is considered a priority regional need by ECOWAS on account of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its member countries. The project is based on the elements contained in the ECOWAS request to the Bank, which are themselves drawn from a regional COVID-19 response plan amounting to a total of USD 52 million. The Bank's financing will be twenty-two million three hundred and eighty-four thousand US dollars (USD 22,384,000) (UA 16.4 million). It will be implemented over a period of eighteen (18) months, through three (3) components, namely: (i) prevention of coronavirus transmission in ECOWAS countries; (ii) strengthening and integration of national and regional systems in The Gambia, Mali and Niger; and (iii) project management. This operation provides special assistance in the form of a UA 7 million grant from the ADF-14 Regional Public Goods Envelope to ECOWAS.

Project Objectives

The general objective of the operation is to build the capacity of national and regional entities in ECOWAS such that they curb and eventually stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa and to create the conditions for the emergence of a resilient disease surveillance and control system. The project will strengthen the capacity of ECOWAS countries to curb the spread of COVID-19, including through the provision of essential goods for the response to the pandemic, management of severely affected cases and community mobilization.


The project will also benefit all ECOWAS countries in situations of fragility. The first component will benefit low-income ECOWAS countries (with middle-income countries benefitting indirectly), while the second component will guarantee a stronger response in The Gambia, Mali and Niger and ensure a sustainable integrated health surveillance system in these countries.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IBE-020
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
6.45306 3.39583 Lagos