Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 17 April 2019 - The Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) met to review the progress made in 2018 and to assess the implementation of its projects. The Board considered key issues and events which
will further be discussed on the margins of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group in June 2019 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
In his opening remarks, the ALSF Director Stephen Karangizi welcomed and thanked the Board members for guiding the institution with skill and commitment throughout the year. During the meeting, the ALSF Board reviewed the 2018 Draft Annual Report and Financial Statements; and also gave direction on how to enhance implementation of the ALSF projects as they continue to increase in number and spread across the continent.
To expand the ALSF resource mobilization efforts, the Board also discussed the proposed ALSF Private Entity Funding Framework. This Framework is being developed to guide the terms and conditions of contributions by Private Entities. To further promote sustainability and increase ownership, the ALSF team also briefed the Board on a recent informal meeting held for African Government Negotiators from Regional Member Countries, during which participants proposed and showed willingness of their countries to make financial contributions to the ALSF.
Finally, Board members encouraged the ALSF management to continuously be innovative and strategic, and focus on the results of its operations, and on new opportunities in the rapidly changing investment environment of its Regional Member Countries.
The ALSF’s Management Board is responsible for the efficient and effective conduct of all operations of the Facility, as well as the approval of its Budget and appointment of its Director. It comprises five members of high integrity and competence, who act in their individual capacity, and are appointed by the Governing Council for a three-year, non-renewable term. The current members of the Board are Dorcas Achapa (Kenya), Dandi Gnamou (Benin), Bruce Montador (Canada), Mahomed Rafique (Mozambique), and Gaston Kenfack (Cameroon).
Established in 2008, the ALSF is an international public institution, hosted by the African Development Bank Group. Its mandate is to support African states by providing legal advisory services, launching capacity building events, and developing unique knowledge management tools.