Digital Governance Capacity for Africa (WB-P172935)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 30, 2021
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.
African Union Commission
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Law and Government
  • Technical Cooperation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 300.00 million
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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 300.00 million
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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Sep 6, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jun 22, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to strengthen the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) and participating countries to serve African citizens, businesses, and governments through adoption of selected digital public sector platforms.

The project has three components:

  1. Component 1: Strengthening the capacity of the AUC-level mechanisms to implement the AU Digital Transformation Strategy (US$30 million). This component seeks to support the AUC-level mechanisms in fostering the conditions for public sector digital transformation and adoption of public digital platforms across the continent. The objectives are: (i) to foster economies of scale and efficiency gain in public digital transformation across the continent, (ii) to implement the basis for interoperable cross-border digital platforms, (iii) to improve the institutional capacity of the AUC to implement its digital transformation strategy, and (iv) to provide a framework to support the capacity of AUC member countries and foster peer-to-peer learning for digital transformation. The component will support the AUC and related regional bodies.
  2. Component 2: Supporting citizen-centric digital transformation and integration at country level (US$270 million). The component seeks to support countries in the implementation of their public sector digital transformation agenda. Proposed interventions under this component will seek to support the implementation of government digital platforms based upon the proposed AUC regional guidelines and frameworks developed under Component 1. This component will be a combination of input-based lending (investment and TA), as well as performance-based financing. The interventions will support the implementation of the whole-of-government approach to digital transformation and citizen centric digital platforms to foster improved governance of digital transformation, economies of scale, efficiency gains and improved service delivery to citizens.

  3. Component 3: Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) (US$0). The component will provide funding following an eligible emergency. The component will include conditions for the use of funds, and will only be triggered when certain actions, as agreed by the Government and Bank teams, are met. These actions include the following: (i) the country experiences an eligible emergency; and (ii) the country presents a sound and actionable country-level response plan. This component provides a platform for country-level discussions about the importance and need for country-level readiness to respond to disease outbreaks. Once triggered, the component will be guided by Investment Project Financing (IPF) Policy, Paragraph 12, which enables rapid reallocation of funds between project components following an emergency. Together with the operational, fiduciary, procurement, disbursement and financial management arrangements that underpin its implementation, the component provides a conduit for additional emergency funds into the project.
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World Bank:
Jana Kunicova, Heriniaina Mikaela Andrianasy
Senior Public Sector Specialist

African Union Commission

Implementing Agency:
African Union Commission


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