ACCF Newsletter - January – June 2019


RWSSI - Newsletter September 2014

Welcome to the inaugural RWSSI newsletter, designed to update you on programmes, progress and activities in the Bank’s rural water supply and sanitation sector. In this launch edition, we share some of the Initiative’s notable developments and highlight various strategic events that have taken place, as well as some of the lessons and experiences we have had in pursuit of our continental RWSS development goals. As we know, more than half of Africa’s population lives in rural areas where access to water supply and sanitation remains a huge issue and, with only a year to go to the MDGs and a...

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Second Quarter 2014

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists and country program officers of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC), Nairobi, Kenya. The publication covers thirteen countries including Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan1 , Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Bulletin is part of the AfDB’s monitoring of socio-economic developments across the continent and provides summary information on the previous quarter’s major developments across the sub-region for which data...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°27 - August-October 2014

A SET OF BOLD AND AMBITIOUS COMMITMENTS to climate finance were made during the UN Climate Summit on September 23rd, which gathered around 120 heads of state. Pledges of around US$ 2.3 billion were made to the Green Climate Fund; over 150 supporters endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests, including countries who committed to halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030; and the Global Investment Coalition on Climate Change announced that it would double investments in climate change to US$ 84 billion by 2015 as well as increase current climate change investment 10-fold between...

Transition Support Department ORTS Newsletter – Issue N° 2

From 29-30 April 2015 ORTS held a retreat to review its 2015 Work Program. This involved assessing the department’s approach to strengthening the capacity of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and regional institutions to address fragility and build resilience; as well as how it provides support to other departments in the Bank. In this respect, discussions focused on Fragility Assessments and tools that ORTS is developing for the application of the fragility lens at all levels of the Bank’s strategic, programming and project documents. These included how to reflect fragility and resilience...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°32 - July-August 2015

2015 is a pivotal year for the African continent, a year which is shining a spotlight on development and climate. Among the many elements that signaled change this year, the new president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, took office in Abidjan on September 1. During his inauguration, the president emphatically announced the launch of a "New Deal" for energy in Africa. He said, "Unlocking Africa’s enormous energy potential, for Africa, will be a major focus of the Bank." To do this, he mentioned, among other things, the establishment of new strategic partnerships aimed...

RWSSI - Newsletter - October 2015

Across the African continent, an estimated 455 million people out of the 700 million living in rural areas still lack access to basic sanitation facilities. For RWSSI, SDG 6 is ambitious but absolutely necessary for development in Africa. In this edition you can find out more about RWSSI's "furthest behind first" strategy and the importance of joining forces with other development partners in order to gain in efficiency. Help us spread the word about RWSSI by sharing this newsletter with your colleagues and on social networks. *Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative, part of OWAS in the...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 34 – COP 21 Special Issue – December 2015

There could perhaps have been no better end to 2015 than the adoption of the Paris Agreement by 196 Parties during the UN Climate Change Conference in December. Following nearly two decades of talks, the Parties agreed to reduce global warming to “well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels” by embracing clean energy options, while developed countries maintained their pledge to raise at least US$ 100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries transform their economies accordingly. For the African continent, this is good news...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 35 – January-February 2016

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been accredited by the Executive Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as an implementing agency and intermediary of the Fund. This paves way for additional climate finance to be channeled to African countries through the Bank. Climate adaptation and mitigation projects are equally eligible for much needed international funding—a position which was strongly championed by African negotiators at the December climate negotiations in Paris. This accreditation is a step in the right direction in mobilizing new and additional climate finance necessary for...

Africa Feeding Africa, #1, 1st semester 2016

AS part of the “High 5s” vision and the goal of “Feeding Africa”, the Bank is supporting the preparation of a continent-wide strategy for the transformation of African agriculture titled “Feed Africa: A Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa (2016- 2025)”. The Bank’s Agriculture and AgroIndustry Department (OSAN) is proud to take centre stage in the design and implementation of the Strategy for African Agricultural Transformation (ATA).

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 37 – July-October 2016

AS WE EMBARK upon the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention, also known as COP22, twenty-one African countries have already ratified the Paris Agreement — a testament to their willingness to integrate actions against climate change into their development strategies, in line with not only the Agreement, but also the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The African Development Bank continues to provide the necessary financial and technical assistance to member country efforts to ensure development gains are not stalled by climate change. The Bank has aligned itself...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 38 – COP 22 Special Edition – January 2017

We are delighted to welcome you to our special issue of the Climate Finance newsletter. This issue prioritizes key highlights and prime activities from the 22nd edition of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) from an African perspective. The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on the eve of COP22 reflected the commitment of the international community to make the agreement a reality. Two key issues were of particular importance to Africa at COP22: operationalizing the Paris Agreement and deploying means for its...

Civil Society Engagement - Newsletter “Voices of Citizens in Africa” - Issue 01 | January 2019

The African Development Bank (AfDB)-Civil Society Committee was launched in May 2018, during the Civil Society Forum that took place in Abidjan, to advise and facilitate AfDB’s collaboration with Civil Society Organizations. The Committee serves as an advisory body that guides the African Development Bank in its’ engagement and on forging stronger relations and partnerships with Civil Society. The composition of the Committee is mixed with 11 Civil Society Organizations - with expertise in AfDB’s High 5 priorities ( Light up & power Africa, Feed Africa, Integrate Africa, Industrialize...

ACCF Newsletter - January-December 2018

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) provides smallscale grants to African countries to support their transition towards climate resilient, low-carbon development. More specifically, it helps countries to implement small-scale pilot adaptation initiatives and scale up access to international climate funds while building the capacities of national entities to design and implement projects that are in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Highlights below provide an update on the ACCF’s work in 2018.

Climate Finance Newsletter - Issue N°43 - COP24 Special Edition - December 2018

THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, actively participated in COP24 with five broad objectives: building and strengthening partnerships to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon development in Africa, supporting African positions in negotiations, mobilizing finance, acquiring and sharing knowledge, and presenting the work of the Bank in aligning its investments with the Paris Agreement. At the end of the two week-long COP24, the African Development Bank’s Pavilion hosted some forty round tables and conferences addressing all aspects of the fight against climate change in crucial economic...

Green Bond Newsletter - Issue N°5 - November 2018

The African continent contributes the least to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally but is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change that threaten its social and economic development. The poorest African countries, especially those in fragile situations, are most affected by climate change. This exacerbates food insecurity, displaces people and threatens livelihoods. However, the continent also has enormous opportunities to build resilience to climate change and to transition towards low-carbon development. To address these critical issues, the African Development...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°42 - COP23 Special Edition - January 2018

AS WE ENTER INTO 2018, I would like to extend best wishes and season's greetings to you both personally, and on behalf of AfDB’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department. In this special edition of the Climate Finance Newsletter we present key highlights from the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP23) and the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto protocol held in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017 under the presidency of the Fiji government. COP23 brought together over 26,000 participants and successfully demonstrated to the world that...

ACCF Newsletter - N°1 - January-June 2017


Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°41 - July - September 2017

LAST YEAR, the world’s six largest multilateral developments banks continued to make a strong contribution to the global climate challenge by increasing the amount of climate finance dedicated to developing and emerging economies. As reported in the recently launched joint Climate Finance annual report, the total amount of finance mobilised for climate action reached US$ 65.3 billion in 2016. Africa, however, continued to receive the smallest proportion of this funding despite being the region most impacted by climate change. Undeterred by the shortfalls faced in receipt of much needed...

Green Bond Newsletter - Issue N°4 - November 2017

The African Development Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy for 2013-2022 aims to improve the quality of Africa’s growth and is built around two objectives. The first objective is to achieve growth that is inclusive and the second is to ensure that this growth is sustainable, thus helping Africa gradually transition to “green growth” that will protect livelihoods, improve water, energy and food security, promote the sustainable use of natural resources and spur innovation, job creation and economic development. The AfDB Green Bond program facilitates the achievement of the Bank’s corporate priority of...