• Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 16, 2015
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Hydropower
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Nov 17, 2015

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.
The arrangement of the Project is described in the Feasibility Study and was conceived in order to fully develop the cascade of the Ruzizi River in concert with the existing Ruzizi I and Ruzizi II projects and the proposed Ruzizi IV development. The Project develops a gross generating head of about 115 m by combination of a diversion dam and a headrace tunnel. The diversion dam impounds a small reservoir that will provide short term storage for use in hourly regulation of the generating output. The power station proposed will be comprised of three turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 147 MW. Each turbine is designed for a maximum flow rate of 50m3/s giving a total plant discharge of 150 m3/s. The annual power produced will vary depending on the water level in the reservoir and the number of units in operation but is expected to be 650 - 710GWH. To facilitate power evacuation of power, (i) three transmission lines of approximately 90km each and corresponding terminal substation equipment are included, (ii) a coordinating center to be built at Kamanyora substation will provide water management for the entire Ruzizi cascade, (iii) Access Scale up: connection of villages and towns in South East region, (iii) Scaling up access to electricity and reinforcement of the distribution grids in Easter DRC, Burundi and Rwanda, in total 350,000 new connections are planned, (iv) Capacity Building, Technical Assistance & Project Management
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This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.
RICHARD Humphrey Ndwiga - RDGE4 ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AfDB The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), which is administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a dispute resolution dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the AfDB complied with its policies to prevent environmental and social harms. You can submit a complaint electronically by emailing,,, and/or You can learn more about the IRM and how to file a complaint at

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