Our Africa, Our Thoughts
A selection of blogs from the African Development Bank Group
Africa’s commitment to integrating gender in climate change adaptation polices and initiatives matters
Actors across Africa can show their commitment to ending gender inequality by reconsidering climate change policy and initiatives.
A common image of Africa is that of women and girls walking long distances carrying heavy loads of water and fuelwood. Climate Change is forcing women and girls to walk ever longer distances due to water and fuel scarcity – endangering their health and safety – and restricting their educational and income generating opportunities.
In Africa, solid waste management is a major developmental challenge with serious consequences for environmental quality, public health, fisheries, agriculture, and sustainable development. Today, most African countries lack the resources, infrastructures, skills and expertise necessary to tackle the amount and complexity of solid waste being produced. Currently, 19 out of the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites are located in Africa. High population growth, urbanization rates, and new consumption pathways will exacerbate waste production, which is projected to exceed 160 million tons by 2025.
“Industrialize Africa” is an integral element of the African Development Bank’s ambitious strategy to transform the continent. It involves economies transitioning from low- to high-productivity sectors; from agriculture to agro-industries; from raw mineral resources to high-value semi-processed and/or processed exports.
The theme for World Environment Day celebrations in 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” There has been a big focus on the devastating impacts of plastic waste (particularly single-use plastics) on the marine environment, human health and regarding climate change.