Since 2006 the African Development Bank has been positioning itself as a regional bank for knowledge and ideas on African development. For the Bank this will imply more creative use of knowledge products than previously to promote sustainable economic transformation and growth as well as to reduce poverty in Africa.
To enhance the Bank’s operational effectiveness and efficiency more and better quality economic and sector work and evidence based policy research and analysis in the development process will be required for research to inform policy. This can be facilitated by enhancing and mobilising knowledge services both internally within the Bank and externally from networks of African and non African institutions and think tanks. The Bank as a Knowledge Broker can actively translate, disseminate and share information to key stakeholders to provide timely and relevant advice to clients to complement its traditional lending activities.
A working paper by Basil Jones describes the project.