The Vice-President for Agriculture and Social and Human Development of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Jennifer Blanke has resigned.
The announcement surprises observers, who underline the timing of this decision, taken at a time when the Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, vying for a second term, is being investigated to shed light on allegations of mismanagement moves against him by the United States of America, Great Britain and other shareholders of the multilateral institute including Scandinavian countries.
Officially, Jennifer Blanke motivated her resignation with family reasons and the need to return to Switzerland to achieve her affections.
The Swiss-American economist will leave office on July 4th. During his tenure at the AfDB, since 2016, he led programs for food security, women’s autonomy and job creation.
Blanke was believed to be a close collaborator of Adesina, and had remained at his side in the past few weeks, marked by criticisms of the Nigerian executive, by the conclusion of an internal investigation that did not identify any illegal behavior and by the contextual launch of a new investigation this external time which should be concluded within a month.