Zim's Madavo Lands AfDB Top Post

Zimbabwean Calisto Madavo has been appointed as an advisor to the African Development Bank (AfDB) high-level panel to deal with the continent’s fragile states.

The appointment of Madavo, alongside Gunilla Carlsson and Tertius Zongo, was done last month and the trio will join the High Level Panel on Fragile States chaired by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The panel was established by AfDB in 2012 to consider and discuss critical and strategic issues for the development community towards enhanced and effective recommendations for engagement in countries affected by conflict and crises in Africa.

The panel was also requested to support AfDB’s own thinking on becoming more responsive throughout the different phases of the fragility continuum while focusing on the achievement of the country’s long term results and impact for state-building and state legitimacy.

The panel reports directly to AfDB president Donald Kaberuka.
Madavo will be in charge of Mano River Union, an intergovernmental institution comprising of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.

Carlssonwill be in charge of the Horn of Africa while Zongo will oversee the Sahel Region.

AfDB said Madavo, Carlsson and Zongo “have extensive knowledge and experience in engaging at high levels within Africa and are expected to contribute to the Bank’s strategic engagement with its member countries”.

Madavo has extensive experience in development work covering many sectors across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He spent 35 years at the World Bank. He also held the position of Vice-President for Africa for eight years.

According to data from AfDB, there was an average of12 conflicts per year in sub Saharan Africa in the 20 years to 1989 in which the state was a party the state was a party (including inter-state and civil wars).

AfDB data showed that between 1989 and 2009, sub- Saharan Africa experienced 271 non-state conflicts, resulting in 60000 direct casualties