Embassies, Multilaterals, Development Organizations, NGOs & Foundations

UBA is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

UBA at a glance

We are strategically positioned globally with operations in 20 African countries and three major financial centres in the United States, United Kingdom and France.

20 Million + Customers

Meeting global needs through its presence in London, New York, and Paris

Food security, SME financing, health field financing, infrastructure financing

UBA has one the widest earnings diversifications and footprints across the Africa

1,000+ Branches, 26,716 POS, 2,621 ATMs, 8.5 Million+ Active Cards

Exposure to key economic sectors, consumers, commodities, and infrastructure in Africa

EMDO Business

We are the bank of choice for Embassies, Multilaterals, Development Organizations, NGOs and Foundations (EMDO); providing comprehensive solutions to the sector’s global and local banking needs in sub-Saharan Africa.



Development Organizations, NGOs & Foundations

African countries have been recipients of foreign developmental assistance since their independence. These have come in the form of loans, grants and technical partnerships designed to promote economic development and the welfare of Africa. United Bank for Africa (UBA) is proud and privileged to serve and partner with the EMDO community through the provision of innovative and digital financial services.

As a global institution of Nigerian origin with pan-African footprint, it is our responsibility to support our clients and our communities for the social, economic, and environmental development of Africa. We will continue to invest in digital banking solutions to support the Global Development Organisations in their execution of development programmes on the African continent.

From foreign currency exchange and payment solutions to serving the last mile through mobile payments, cards and cash deliveries and distribution, we offer bespoke solutions to our valued clients. We also thrive on building long and lasting relationships and partnerships in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) for improved economic empowerment and financial inclusion within the continent.

Case Studies

Read more on UBA Embassies, Multilaterals, Development Organizations, NGOs and Foundations (EMDO) case studies

Case Study: Norwegian Refugee Council  

As an extension of UBA’s commitment to the international community, we work with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Dakar, Senegal.    

NRC is one of the largest independent humanitarian organizations, providing aid in 30 countries through saving lives and rebuilding the future for refugees.  

UBA aids the organization’s efforts through foreign currency acquisition, account functioning, local transfers, international transfers, and digital solutions.  

Case Study: Embassy of India in Brazzaville   


As an extension of UBA’s commitment to the international community, we work with the Embassy of India’s Federal Government Office in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.  

The Indian Embassy in the Republic of the Congo is one of the five largest embassies in the country. UBA provides foreign currency acquisition, account functioning, term deposits, local transfers, international transfers, and digital solutions. 

Case Study: UN Women   

Emerging evidence on the impact of COVID-19 suggests that women’s economic and productive lives have been greatly affected across the globe. UN Women recently signed a contract with UBA in Nigeria to provide payment services for cash transfer projects in 10 Nigerian states, to households of targeted vulnerable women and girls that have been severely impacted by the pandemic.   

As the organization’s payment services provider (PSP), UBA has commenced mass account opening for approximately 10,000 women beneficiaries in Nigeria and set up cash disbursement to the beneficiaries in two tranches.   

This project will make a tremendous impact on the lives of women throughout Nigeria. These cash transfers will reduce the need for child labor, thereby increasing school attendance; increase the ability of women to make their own decisions on marriage and fertility; and reduce economic hardship throughout the country.                         

Case Study: British Council   

British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, has been working in Nigeria since 1943, providing networks, platforms and educators to young people throughout the country.  

Prior to 2020, payments to British Council in Nigeria were made solely through bank checks and cash payments. UBA helped deploy an online payment system that enables candidates to pay their fees online and the organization to accept recurring payments through a customized system.   

This solution, implemented in March of 2020, was the first successful customised solution for British Council in Africa. Following this successful campaign, British Council and UBA have agreed to rollout to an additional six African countries: Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Kenya, and Zambia.

EMDO Offerings

Our diverse offerings facilitate deposit mobilization, fees collection and payment. 

Global Account Management

Payment to local beneficiaries through International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) and commercial banks. Vendor payments & salary payments.

Treasury Solutions

To guarantee funds being lent to borrowers mostly on commercial terms from the beneficiaries.

Transaction Banking Solutions

System compatibility can be integrated to third-party applications.


Seamless and convenient cash distribution services for intervention programs anywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa with channel integration to increase touchpoints for beneficiaries.

Our Digital Solutions

We have a range of retail e-products that allows you to securely and conveniently access your bank account information and do banking transactions via our website and your mobile phone.​

Transfer cash easily to countries outside your region.
International money transfer is a fast and secure electronic payment service that allows money transfer across countries.

The UBA Visa Prepaid Card works like a debit card but without need for the cardholder to own/operate a bank account with UBA. The card can be in Naira or Dollar denominated and pre-funded and reloadable.

It is internationally acceptable in all Visa and MasterCard acceptance points. The card can be used for ATM, POS and web transactions.

Our agent banking proposition enables us provide financial services to every segment of the society. We are able to extend product offering, decongest bank branches and leverage digital financial services as well as disbursements to the “last mile” across the continent.

For Electronic Vouchers, beneficiaries’ names, mobile number, amount to disburse, etc. is uploaded on the electronic voucher platform (PAYCODE) in bulk or batches and the beneficiaries use the Pay Code received on their mobile phones via SMS to receive fund from specified merchants/agents or UBA ATMs

Global Account Management Team

UBA recognises the critical importance of the EMDO sector in Africa, and for this reason has set-up a dedicated and highly experienced team to support the Diplomatic and Global Development sectors through the offering of innovative financial solutions and services consistent with the expectations of our clients. 

We also have dedicated Relationship Managers and Country Heads of EMDO in each of our twenty presence countries to ensure that globally, regionally and locally our clients receive excellent service. 

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Our Clients

UBA has worked with the EMDO community for over seven decades and our customers include:
· Embassies
· Consulates and High Commissions
· International Organisations
· Multi and Bi-lateral Organisations
· Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
· Development Finance Institutions
· Foundations
· Private companies acting as Implementing partners for the development community

Our clients have trusted us over decades to support and facilitate their incredible work on the African continent whether in health, education, agriculture, poverty, climate change, financial inclusion, Small and Medium Enterprises, and special projects. UBA is a preferred banking partner to the EMDO sector and remains committed to the development and deployment of cutting edge financial and digital solutions to the sector.

Our Partnerships

The EMDO team partners with various Embassies and Development Agencies to ensure increased efficiencies of the development programmes on the African continent. We have signed various partnerships with leading agencies and organisations such as USAID, AFD, British Council and are in varying stages of consummating several other partnerships dedicated to support the development of the African continent.

Our Solutions

As part of UBA’s long term commitment to the development of the African continent, we play a leading role in the development of innovative and digital banking services and solutions to meet and overcome the challenges the EMDO sector faces in Africa. We also provide customised cash management and treasury solutions to the EMDO community.

In line with our commitment to the development of Africa, the Bank constantly invests in technology, develops partnerships, and offers new and bespoke solutions to our clients to enable them reach the last mile and contribute to the social and economic development of the countries where we work and ultimately, to the African population.We are very proud to be part of the digital transformation which Africa is experiencing thanks to our constant product development, offerings and partnerships. Whether it is making payments online via our integrated platform, mobile money, prepaid cards, cash deliveries, agents or vouchers, we have effective solutions for the EMDO community.


Our Achievements

With mulitiple awards over the years, UBA continues to distinguish itself in the financial service industry across Africa.

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