RWSSI Newsletter - August 2017

During the 2017 Annual Meetings of the AfDB in Ahmedabad, India, a RWSSI program in Tanzania won the "2017 Africa Development Impact Award" in the category to “Improve the life for the people of Africa”. The Rural Water and Sanitation Program II was flagged for its unique contribution to development in Tanzania. Completed in 2015,...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°40 - April-June 2017

GATHERED under the theme, “Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa,” the 2017 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in May brought together thousands of representatives from government, business, civil society, think tanks, academia and the media – from Africa and beyond – to discuss one of the Bank’s High 5 priority areas and its performance in delivering results to “Feed Africa.” In order to meet this goal, delegates discussed a wide range of issues, including creative energy solutions. One such example of this is the Ouarzazate solar energy project in Morocco, which won...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 39 – January-March 2017

AS the AfDB Vice Presidency for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, marks its first 100 days, the Climate Change and Green Growth Department (PECG) has set itself on firm ground to play a pivotal role in delivering the High 5s through innovative solutions including finance aimed at addressing climate change challenges in Africa. Effective adaptation and mitigation actions cannot be undertaken without addressing a number of cross-cutting structural issues such as institutional capacity development, innovation and technology transfer, and readiness to access climate finance. The...

RWSSI - Newsletter - March 2017

The international development community commemorated World Water Day on March 22, 2017. The focus was on wastewater. For more than five decades, the African Development Bank has been at the forefront of funding wastewater management programs. Turning wastewater into wealth, the AfDB argues is critical to achieving the N'gor commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals. In this edition of the newsletter, Jennifer Blanke, AfDB's Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development reflects on opportunities to turn wastewater into wealth in Africa. In the meantime, the RWSSI...

RWSSI Newsletter - December 2016

"Progress has been achieved in delivering water to rural communities in the world," the 7th Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum concluded. However, more needs to be done to complete the task of providing access to drinking water to over 660 million people globally and 280 million people in Africa. While acknowledging the criticality of issues such equity, non-discrimination, low-cost technology, monitoring, mapping, etc. to the successful delivery of rural water supply services, the biggest consensus was perhaps on the need to improve sustainability. As you will read in the newsletter...

RWSSI Newsletter - October 2016

Warm greetings from Abidjan, host city of the 7th edition of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) Forum. RWSSI is proud to be associated with the preparation and organization of this global event. Details of RWSSI activities at the RWSN Forum are contained in our newsletter below. As you may already be aware, RWSSI commissioned a review of its activities at the start of this year in view of developing a new strategy that is capable of tackling rural water supply and sanitation challenges in Africa sustainably. As the process enters a pivotal phase, we thought you might want an update....

Green Bond Newsletter - Issue N°3 - October 2016

"The African Development Bank is committed to working closely with African countries to support their adaptation and transition towards green growth. We will lead a major push to deliver cleaner, more affordable energy for all Africans by 2025. We will integrate climate- smart development across our portfolio, and we will continue to use our expertise to leverage climate finance for Africa and help African countries speak with a common voice in the international policy arena.” AKINWUMI AYEDEJI ADESINA President African Development Bank Group

RWSSI - Newsletter - September 2016

A water program approved on September 6, 2016, by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is expected to provide clean drinking water to about 400.000 rural Tunisians. Funding for the program is a combination of a loan of €123.7 million and a grant of €1 million. The grant is from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), one of the Bank’s flagship initiatives in this sector. This program is projected to reduce the dropout rate in rural areas, particularly among girls. Other benefits of the program include achieving the national target of providing water...

SE4All Africa Hub - Newsletter No. 1 – September 2016

The SE4All Africa Hub is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pursuant to a mandate from the Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA) to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the SE4All initiative in Africa.

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 36 – March-April 2016

AFRICA faces a double-edged challenge: it must drastically increase its citizens’ access to basic power services; and at the same time it must meet its commitments under the climate change agreement. To accomplish this, African countries require substantial funding to develop energy services that draw on the continent’s abundant renewable resources. To support this, AfDB took a significant step forward with the approval of the Bank’s Group 2016-2025 Strategy for the New deal for Energy in Africa. The New Deal proposes to be a game changer for the continent’s energy sector. It will foster...

Ombudsman Newsletter - September 2015

In this issue:  A Letter from the Ombudsman  The Crusade to end Violence against Women  OMBU activities in brief  Bringing the curtain down  Emotional intelligence: a tool for enhancing positive interpersonal relationships  How big beasts can help you deliver big results  Ces signes qui montrent que vous devez peut être quitter la maison

RWSSI- Newsletter November 2015

On November 19, the AfDB commemorated World Toilet Day. The key message of the leading African financial institution is that toilets are worth investing in, given that the cost of providing sanitation is far less than the average 1.5% of the GDP drained from African countries by inadequate sanitation. This November edition of "La goutte d'eau" reports back from Mali, Mauritania and Mozambique on how governments are implementing CLTS programs and how communities are getting involved. Help us spread the word about RWSSI by sharing this newsletter with your colleagues and on social networks.

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N° 33 - September-October 2015

Speaking at a ministerial meeting on climate finance during the October WBG-IMF Annual Meetings in Peru, AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina announced that the AfDB intends to nearly triple its climate financing to reach US$5 billion a year by 2020. As a result, AfDB’s climate spending will increase to total 40% of new investments by 2020, up from its current average of 26% solidifying the Bank’s commitment to addressing climate related challenges to Africa’s development. The Bank’s will target its financing equally towards adaptation and mitigation projects. Aside from increasing its own...

RWSSI - Newsletter - September 2015

But the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Kambini and other rural villages on Pemba, the northern island of Zanzibar, have considerably improved thanks to new rainwater harvesting facilities and new toilet blocks in the village school. The RWSSI team, working from Abidjan and field offices across Africa, hopes you enjoy browsing the articles and proposes to raise a glass of clean tap water to the efforts being made so that all people can do the same. Didn't recognise our style? We have a new logo and refreshed newsletter. Please spread the word by sharing it with your colleagues and on...

Green Bond Newsletter - Issue N°2 - July 2015

“We are pleased to present the second edition of the AfDB’s annual Green Bond newsletter highlighting recent developments and achievements in our SRI activities. Green Bond issuance has substantially increased over the past three years and we are delighted to have been one of the early issuers of Green Bonds. Our Green Bonds not only support the achievement of our ten-year strategy’s ‘green growth’ objective, but also helps raise awareness of the work we are doing in Africa to combat climate change. We are committed to maintaining a pivotal role in the development of this market and build...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°31 - May-June 2015

At its governing body meetings mid-May, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) endorsed 9 African nations to serve as pilot countries for critical aspects of climate-smart development, with six pilot countries for climate resilience and three for sustainable forests. In addition, governments unanimously endorsed Ghana’s ambitious investment plan to transform and promote its renewable energy sector (see Focus on renewable energy). As a result, the AfDB-CIF portfolio now includes 34 pilot programs in 27 African countries.

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°30 - March-April 2015


Transition Support Department ORTS Newsletter – Issue N° 1

The African Development Bank’s quarterly newsletter focusing on its work in fragile situations is produced by the Transition Support Department (ORTS). Addressing fragility is identified as a special area of emphasis of the AfDB’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) for 2013-2022, which aims to promote inclusive growth and a transition to green growth on the continent. In this context, the African Development Bank Group Strategy for “Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa 2014-2019”, is aligned to the TYS.

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Fourth 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°29 - January-February 2015

ACCORDING TO Africa Energy Outlook, by 2040, almost half of Africa's growth in electricity generation will come from renewable energy resources. Responsibly and efficiently harvesting the continent's renewables to make this a reality is however, costly. Climate finance is therefore key to unlocking the continent's potential in this arena. AS A SIGN OF ITS COMMITMENT to energy generation from renewables in both the mid- and long-term, AfDB is an implementing agency of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) ‒ funding windows...