27/11/2015 - The need for cleaner and more efficient vehicles, public transport and adequate infrastructure for non-motorised transport in Africa is an issue that has received attention at the ongoing Transport Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
27/11/2015 - Although government policy-makers and their development partners both recognize the importance of investing in infrastructure and using a fragility lens when making broad policy decisions, there has been little attempt to systematically integrate thinking about fragility into investments in roads. Day 1 of the African Development Bank Transport Forum in Abidjan offered a discussion on the importance of roads to political stability, social cohesion, and institution-building, and, through these conduits, to the reduction of state fragility.
26/11/2015 - In its latest analysis on North Africa, “Promoting North African Women’s Employment through SMEs”, the African Development Bank points to a host of significant challenges facing women who strive to set up and own SMEs in the region. These include women’s multiple burdens, legal and cultural barriers, lack of access to training and business related support, limited access to property and credit, absence of effective social networks, and problems associated with economic infrastructure.
26/11/2015 - The African Development Bank on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 launched the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign with an intense discussion on how to stop violence against women and girls. The event was held at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Around the globe, November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
25/11/2015 - Climate change poses a severe threat to Africa, the world’s most vulnerable region. But it also offers a huge opportunity. A new paper from the African Development Bank explains how the COP21 climate talks in Paris in December can help Africa deal with the threat and seize the opportunity.
25/11/2015 - Zimbabwe’s Minister of Energy and Power Development, Samuel Undenge, officially commissioned the ZimFund Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project in Bulawayo on 12 November. The ceremonies were held at Mpopoma and Criterion Substations, where two 20 MVA transformers were installed under the first phase of the Project.
23/11/2015 - In its 2015 Annual Report for North Africa, the African Development Bank assessed the economies of the six countries in the region: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. The report notes that the major transition period in the region, which started in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, led to democratic elections in almost all the countries of North Africa in 2014 and 2015. The report also highlights the key role of many of these countries in solving the recent crises in Mali and Libya by leading international mediation to strengthen the security situation.
23/11/2015 - On Monday, November 23, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for two-day visit to reinforce cooperation with the African Union, the Government of Ethiopia, as well as other partners.
23/11/2015 - The African Natural Resources Center’s (ANRC) ground-breaking publication, Maximising Benefits from Water for Tourism in Africa, illustrates how natural resources are at the heart of Africa’s opportunity, and also the very root of its challenges: The study highlights the need to ensure responsible governance, equity and fair sharing of natural resources if sustainability and security are to be ensured. The Africa-wide study examines these opportunities and challenges in the context of the most basic natural resource of all: water. It uses tourism to show how value can be added, but also how benefits need to be shared to make economic development sustainable.
22/11/2015 - Increasing slums with poor social services, lack of access to water and sanitation, growing insecurity, air pollution, huge traffic congestion, are among key challenges facing African cities. The issues were discussed on Saturday, 21 November in Accra, Ghana by policy makers, practitioners, members of the civil society, local government officials, and representatives of development institution, including African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina.