The African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) is a non-lending entity of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB established the Centre to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to maximize development outcomes from their natural resources. The ANRC generates high quality knowledge and conducts impactful policy dialogue on harnessing natural resources for accelerated sustainable development in Africa. It also provides technical support to RMCs on natural resources planning, investment and governance, with a focus on land, forestry, fisheries, water, oil, gas and minerals. The ANRC also informs the Bank’s operational work in the natural resources sector.
In 2015, the Centre adopted a Five-Year Strategy (2015 – 2020) anchored in the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) which places emphasis on sound natural resource governance through its twin objectives of inclusive development and transition to green growth. The scope of the 2015-2020 strategy includes both renewable and non-renewable resources, specifically: Land, Water, Forestry, Fisheries, Minerals, Oil and Gas. The strategy has two core strategic pillars: integrated natural resource management and good governance of natural resources.