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26/05/2016 - 1. What is the status of the New Deal on Energy for Africa and how can it serve Africa’s regional integration purpose?

Energy is one of the most essential requirements for Africa’s development. The cost of delayed full electrification of the continent is increasing as time goes by. The African Development Bank has therefore made “Light up and Power Africa” the first of the five pillars of its High5 vision.

Categories: Zambia, Energy & Power, Infrastructure, Partnerships, Regional Integration, NEPAD, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

24/05/2016 - Mario Pezzini, Director of the Development Centre at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has called on the need for Africa to explore investment opportunities in order to address issues of unemployment, particularly among youth.

Categories: Zambia, Structural Transformation, Employment

23/05/2016 - Urbanisation of cities is now characterised with slums due to lack of planning by some local government authorities, says UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General Aisa Kirabo Kacyira.

Categories: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Infrastructure

19/05/2016 - The Bank hopes to lead transformative changes in Africa’s energy systems, agriculture and land-use systems. It is also committed to ensuring inclusive and green growth. How does it endeavour to do so? What is the role of agricultural statistics in solving energy and food security challenges? The African Development Bank Group Director, Statistics Department, and Officer-in-Charge of the Chief Economist Complex, Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, discusses these issues in the lead-up to the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings in Lusaka. Excerpts.

04/02/2016 - The African Development Bank’s first Mandela Washington Fellow, Thabang Moleko of South Africa, talks about the Fellowship and his role within the AfDB’s Human Capital Development Department.

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, Youth, Human Capital Development

05/11/2015 - Widespread poverty in Africa has been at the top of the agenda at the African Economic Conference (AEC) in Kinshasa. According to Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, this is a scourge that “the continent must not simply manage, but eradicate.” Yet what is the best way to address this problem, and with what resources? Expectations are high. In an interview before the opening of the AEC, Issa Faye, Manager of the AfDB’s Research Division, gives us an insight into the Bank’s approach to this issue.

Categories: Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Capital Development, Poverty Reduction, Partnerships

19/06/2015 - Four students from the International University of Grand Bassam (UIGB), located some 30 kilometres to the south of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, explain how the programme prepared them for studies abroad.

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Education, Youth

02/06/2015 - Un des grands sujets en débat lors des Assemblées annuelles de la BAD, à Abidjan, du 25 au 29 mai 2015, c’est la question brûlante de financement des grands projets typiques en infrastructure ou dans l’industrie lourde. Pour Kodeidja Diallo, dans notre continent, toutes les institutions de développement et les économistes des Banques d’affaires sont unanimes sur l’énorme déficit en infrastructure pour atteindre les objectifs du millenium. Quelle adéquation entre financement de projets et opportunités ? Comment atteindre l’émergence promise par les gouvernements africains ? Lire son analyse.

Categories: Côte d’Ivoire, Economic & Financial Governance, Private Sector

29/05/2015 - The AfDB Group has set up Africa50 to fill the large hole that exists in investments in the infrastructure sector in Africa. Some people are concerned that Africa50 competes with the AfDB, but for those who understand the twists and turns of development funding, this initiative can only help to address the issue of the infrastructure deficit on the continent. Alassane Ba, Acting CEO of Africa50, is delighted with the strong commitment from countries and underlined the need for Africa50 to establish its credibility and comprehensively launch its activities.

Categories: Morocco, Africa50

29/05/2015 - The African financial sector is desperately in need of a shot in the arm as it continues to grapple with the legacy of banking systems and financial markets. Development of this sector can play a key role in providing a much-needed engine of domestic growth. Discussions during the African Development Bank’s 2015 Annual Meeting, from May 25-29 in Abidjan also focus on SMEs contributions to growth, especially on increasing private sector involvement in creating wealth. AfDB’s Financial Sector Development Director, Stefan Nalletamby, has analyzed constraints and opportunities for the financing of SMEs in Africa. Excerpts.

Categories: Finance