ADEA’s programs and operating costs are funded through its basket fund and restricted funds for specific activities. ADEA’s members contribute an annual membership fee which goes into the basket together with other non-earmarked funding. Members have the right to participate in Steering Committee meetings to discuss policies and decide on strategies. As of 2012, the following countries and development partners are members of ADEA: African Development Bank, Austria, Canada (CIDA), Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Commission, Finland, France, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal), Germany, Japan (JICA), Kenya, Netherlands, Switzerland (SDC), UNESCO, United Kingdom (DFID), UNICEF, USAID and the World Bank.
African governments and development agencies are currently experiencing financial constraints due to economic and financial challenges in their respective countries. Consequently, ADEA is exploring different possibilities for mobilizing resources. They include: (i) encouraging new members to join ADEA – they can make intellectual and financial contributions to the implementation of our activities in specific areas; (ii) encouraging African Ministers to be permanent members of the Steering Committee and to support some specific activities; and (iii) encouraging other partners – private sector, African Diaspora and civil society, foundations, etc. – to make contributions to the basket fund or to finance specific activities.
ADEA operates a lean organizational structure and its efficient use of resources is further supported by the hosting arrangement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) which enables the latter to provide essential accounting, administrative and Human Resources management services. ADEA’s financial management is integrated with the financial system of the African Development Bank which has a database that supports the transaction requirements of donors. In addition, the system has both internal and external audit oversight.