The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) was founded by a request of African Ministers of Finance, aiming at more targeted legal assistance to the African countries in negotiating complex commercial agreements related to extractive resources and infrastructure sectors that have significant impact on natural resource management on the continent. The international organisation, that currently counts 52 member states, including four EU states and seven international organisations, is hosted by the African Development Bank. The goal of the ALSF is to help maximize resources available for the economic development and social progress in its member countries.
ICON-INSTITUT supports the ALSF to improve its efficiency, effectiveness and financial sustainability. It is particularly important to adjust financial management and reporting, to achieve donor harmonisation by policy dialogues, and to implement net financial instruments, such as cost sharing models. ICON also supports the integration of environmental and social standards into the ALSF’s standard working processes. Special training provides awareness to the ALSF staff of how to consider and integrate important cross-cutting topics into their operations, for instance gender, human rights, domestic resource mobilisation, peacemaking and conflict prevention especially in fragile countries.
Aiming at strengthening the fundraising capabilities of ALSF, ICON-INSTITUT supports the organisation in developing extensive communication campaigns, to systematically achieve more visibility in partner countries and in the eyes of (potential) donors, strengthening fundraising capabilities.