Multinational - Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Response - CRF

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Sep 2020
Signature Date 19 Nov 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 20,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project is relates to an ADF-15 grant of UA 10 million and TSF-Pillar III grant of UA 10 million to the African Union to finance the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) COVID-19 Response Project. The COVID-19 pandemic will reverse Africa’ robust growth trajectory over the last decade. As a direct result of the economic recession, social gains achieved over the past decades risk being eroded. The Bank Group’s support to Africa CDC through the Regional Public Good (RPG) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF) resources is substantiated by the need to increase the scale, effectiveness and responsiveness to the current pandemic at national, regional and continental levels as well as to enhance the capacity of member countries to deal with future health emergencies. As an institution of the AU, the Africa CDC has the mandate to strengthen regional and country capacities to detect, respond to, and mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, while also building long-term capacity to manage future pandemics and outbreaks. The intervention is critical to prevent, address and mitigate the complex, multidimensional and dynamic drivers of fragility as well as their regional spill-over risks. The operation was appraised in May 2020 following a request from the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the design followed the Bank's COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility (CRF) approved by the Boards of Directors in April 2020. It complements other COVID-19 response support that the Bank is providing through Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and directly to countries as Crisis Response Budget Support (CRBS). Given the need to reinforce the capacity of Africa CDC beyond the COVID-19 response, the project will be implemented in the form of a Regional Public Good (RPG) covering capacity building and technical assistance over a period of thirty-six (36) months starting in August 2020, covering three components with activities implemented at continental and institutional levels. The grant resources will be ring-fenced to support only the needs of ADF eligible countries to execute their COVID-19 Response plans.

Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to reinforce the delivery capacity of the Africa CDC (including its Regional Collaborating Centers) to mitigate and contain COVID-19 pandemic, while also building long-term capacity to manage future pandemics and outbreaks, including those resulting from impacts of climate such as floods and drought. The project will support the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund and Africa CDC Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan (PPRP) in the following areas: (i) strengthen surveillance at points of entry (air, sea and land) while easing the free flow of goods; (ii) build essential sub-regional and national capacity for COVID-19 epidemiological surveillance and case management; (iii) ensure the availability of stocks of products and equipment for the prevention, control and treatment of cases; and (iv) ensure communication and coordination at the regional level. The expected outcome from the intervention is a stronger Africa CDC that is able to coordinate the COVID-19 response and future epidemics across member countries in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.


The operation will enhance containment of COVID-19 outbreaks in Africa. The direct beneficiaries of the operation are: (i) Africa CDC by strengthening its institutional capacity to better coordinate continental health risks and support the AUC in the effective utilization of funds mobilized for the AU COVID-19 Response Fund; and (ii) ADF eligible countries (directly and indirectly) through enhanced capacity for surveillance, testing, early detection and management of COVID-19 infections as well as institutional IPC. As a pandemic does not respect boarder, the indirect beneficiaries are the 1.293 billion Africans (over 50% of whom are women) who will be cushioned from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other benefits include Africa CDC’s ability to improve timely response actions to other non-COVID-19 disease outbreaks and build support to deepen the resilience of public health systems. Africa CDC is working with member countries to assess and manage issues related to regions/areas/populations at risk, particularly those in fragile situations.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
African Union Commission-Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IBE-023
Last Update 02 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name KGOSIDINTSI Nana Beth Gokwadilwe

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
9.02497 38.7469 Addis Ababa