Project development (PD)

Progressing early stage infrastructure projects to financial close
The team aims to develop or co-develop transformational infrastructure projects in a manner which eliminates or appropriately mitigates risks and ensures the projects are bankable. PD offers project development products to third-party developers and government, and has the in-house capacity to develop projects on its own account. Our service line unlocks value from projects that would otherwise be unable to attract financing and creates a pipeline of projects, with high developmental impact, for AFC to deploy its sizeable balance sheet.

Approach and methodology

The team develops projects across AFC’s core sectors. Projects are required to have completed a prefeasibility to be eligible for consideration. PD provides funding for projects to cover third-party development costs including technical and environmental studies, project structuring, and project contract negotiations. The unit also leverages its in-house experience and technical expertise to provide technical support to project sponsors throughout the development phase.

Additional scope of engagement

Project Development offers a range of solutions, based on the unique needs of each project. PD’s main services/products are:

End-to-end Project coordination

As lead developer, AFC takes projects from conception to operations.


AFC provides financial and project structuring advice and funding for third party development costs to sponsor to advance the development of projects.

PD Advisory

AFC provides technical and structuring advice to sponsors to help them ensure their projects are bankable.

Notable initiatives and projects

PD has successfully closed several landmark projects including:


Dynamic Mining Project: A 10mtpa bauxite mine in Guinea Singrobo Hydro Plant: A 44MW hydro power plant in Cote D’Ivoire.


End-to-End Project Coordination & Lead Development

Djibouti Wind Project: A 60MW wind farm project in Ghoubet, Djibouti. This is the first privately financed independent power plant in Djibouti. It reduces dependency on the external supply of around 65% of Djibouti's electricity from Ethiopia.


Project Development Advisory

Brahms Refinery and Storage Terminal: A 12,000 barrels per day refinery and storage terminal in Kamsar, Guinea. Upon completion, the refinery will cover one-third of the country’s demand for refined products.


Solutions offerings

Project Development business is focused on differentiation – in the increasingly saturated infrastructure development space – through development of assets to seed into platforms and identification of priority countries with transformative infrastructure needs.
AFC’s Project Development exposure to a single project ranges from US$1 million to US$20 million. We provide project development financing via our balance sheet. This can be in the form of a corporate project development facility, project development loan or project development equity.

Project Development Advisory


End-to-End Project Co-ordination

Eligible Use of Funds

Typical Information Request


Amadou Wadda – Senior Director, Project Development & Technical Solutions

Amadou is an infrastructure developer, civil engineer, and investment banker with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector across various infrastructure sectors in Africa. He has directly and in a supporting capacity successfully originated, closed, and commissioned several road, bridge, power, natural resources, and heavy industry projects across the continent.
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