African Development Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Most governments have expressed a commitment to turn revenues from new natural resource discoveries into outcomes that matter for their citizens: better health, better education, and access to quality social services. They also want to make sure the discovery of extractives translates into more and better jobs and business opportunities. Yet they are also aware that delivering on those commitments demands tough and sometimes complex policy choices, including balancing the need for social sector investments with the needs of other sectors across the economy, being transparent and carefully managing citizen expectations, and adequately distributing benefits both between extractives and non-extractives communities and between current and future generations. In light of these challenges, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) came together to produce a joint Flagship Report: ‘Delivering on the promise: Leveraging natural resources to accelerate human development in Africa.’