Lionel Yondo

PPP expert in AFD’s Africa Department

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Lionel Yondo is currently Chief Project Officer in Agence Française de Développement’s Africa Department. He coordinates project teams working in several countries in conjunction with AFD’s local agencies and the other technical and financial partners (World Bank, European Union, AfDB…). He participates in setting up and monitoring sovereign and non-sovereign financing and monitors issues related to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the private sector in Africa for the Department.

Through his responsibilities, he is involved in a number of projects, including PPPs, in the water, sanitation, waste, energy, telecoms and transport sectors.

He is a former Senior Legal Advisor for AFD’s Operations Department, former lawyer at the Paris Bar, and has had the opportunity to work on projects in a wide range of fields including infrastructure, financial services, agroindustry, education and health. In this respect, he has participated in the negotiation of a number of contracts and institutional reforms involving States, financial institutions, and State-owned or commercial companies.

Lionel Yondo also spent five years in the World Bank’s Trade & Competitiveness Department as a Senior Operations Officer, where he participated in reform and assistance programs to support private sector development in 17 African countries (OHADA).

He holds a DESS Master’s diploma in Banking and Financial Law and a DEA Master’s diploma in African Studies from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He also obtained the CAPA diploma from the Paris Bar School (EFB) and graduated from ENA and Paris-Dauphine University, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Management (MPA).

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“PPPs are not an end in themselves, but a tool for a project of public interest”

Africa’s needs for infrastructure expenditure have been estimated at USD 93bn a year for 10 years, i.e. 15% of African GDP. Can Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) contribute to meeting these needs? We take stock of this financial tool with Lionel Yondo, PPP expert in AFD’s Africa Department, Dominique Hautbergue, Project Manager at AFD’s training center (CEFEB), and Anne Gautier, Investment Officer in AFD’s structured finance team.


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