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22-Jan-2015

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°28 - November-December 2014

THIS YEAR will be important for energy and climate change in Africa, and for the African Development Bank. At the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP20), which concluded on 14 December 2014, many new climate finance pledges were confirmed – US$ 50 million more for the Adaptation Fund, US$ 800 million for the Climate Investments Funds US$ 10 billion for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Yet, we all know that they are not enough – and far from the goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address global climate challenges, especially in developing countries.
11-Jul-2014

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°26 - May-July 2014

AFRICA IS CHANGING. Today, the continent is on its way to becoming a centre of hope for the coming decades. To support this transformation, the AfDB seeks to promote inclusive growth and a transition to green growth. Thus, in the context of discussions held during the AfDB Annual Meetings on "The Africa we want", green growth was at the heart of the debate. Every expert present agreed on the need to sustainably manage renewable and non-renewable natural resources; doing so will enable African countries to benefit more from their great potential, while preserving their natural capital.
09-Jun-2014

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - First 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...
29-May-2014

Value for Money Update - Issue 2 - May 2014

Launched in 2012 with the Tunis Conference of Ministers of Finance and Health, the Value for Money (VfM), Sustainability and Accountability programme is seen as a “game changer” in social service delivery in Africa “by obtaining the best possible outcome within a given budget”. Africa has shown encouraging progress in human development outcomes and MDGs. These have been partly the result of an unprecedented flow of aid to support programmes related to these goals. However, with the global economic downturn since 2008, the flow of aid has declined in many areas.
21-May-2014

Green Bond Newsletter - Issue N°1 - May 2014

Founded in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is comprised of 53 African or regional member countries (RMCs) and 26 non-African countries whose overarching objective is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction.
02-May-2014

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°25 - March-April 2014

IN THEIR LATEST REPORT, "Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change", expert members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirm that "global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change". They  also highlight, however, "that it would still be possible, using a wide array of technological measures and changes in behaviour, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels [if] major institutional and technological change" was to take...
02-Apr-2014

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2013

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...
13-Mar-2014

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°24 - January-February 2014

"INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND A TRANSITION TO GREEN GROWTH" in Africa. These are the two key objectives of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) new strategy for 2013-2022. Since 2012, the Bank has been working alongside African countries to assist them in establishing institutional, policy and regulatory enabling environments for greener growth. For instance, thanks to the continued support of the Bank, Sierra Leone has integrated green growth into its poverty reduction strategy, which was approved in 2013. Today, the government is focusing on encouraging partners and the private sector to invest in...
21-Jan-2014

LinkAfrica Newsletter - Issue N°2 - November 2013

09-Jan-2014

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°23 - November-December 2013

THE 19TH CONFERENCE OF PARTIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (called "COP 19") concluded in November 2013 with a set of important decisions that are of special relevance to Africa. Amongst them was the "Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage", which aims at dealing with adverse climate change impacts, particularly in the most vulnerable developing countries. Another was the Warsaw Framework for Reducing Emissions and Deforestation (REDD+), which Norway, UK and US supported with pledges of US$ 280 million. Additional decisions were made for addressing...
02-Dec-2013

Capacity Development - A Foundation for Transformation

The third edition of Capacity Focus aims at revitalizing the importance of capacity development in the African Development Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022. As the Bank is preparing itself to be in the center of Africa’s transformation, capacity development is presented, as one of the foundations of this transformation. Evidence has shown that inclusive growth is largely linked to success in strengthening the human and institutional capacity of African countries. Therefore Capacity Development is taken into account throughout the development cycle from the initiation of approaches and...
22-Nov-2013

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Third Quarter 2013

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists and country programme officers of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC), Nairobi, Kenya. The publication covers all five member states of the East African Community (EAC) and the Seychelles. It 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 quarterly data are available on a timely basis. Each Bulletin also contains a dedicated...
19-Nov-2013

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°22 - August-October 2013

CLIMATE CHANGE is a reality. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes in its September report that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activities have a “clear” influence. The last three decades have been the warmest since 1850, and global surface temperatures will likely rise by more than 2°C by 2100. Of course, we have already seen the adverse effects of climate change on Africa's development prospects – it is costing the continent's economies an estimated 3% in GDP annually. As Africa's premier development finance institution, the AfDB is mobilizing the funds...
11-Sep-2013

Climate Finance Quarterly Newsletter - Issue N°21 - May-June-July 2013

This is probably the last time that I sign the Climate Finance Newsletter as I expect to join soon the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as its first Executive Director. I would leave the African Development Bank with the rewarding experience of seeing the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change contribute to a substantial increase in concessional climate financing for the Continent. By combining private, public and concessional funding we have enabled projects to become less risky and more “bankable” thus helping to pave the way for green growth on the continent. However, until now,...
28-Aug-2013

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Second Quarter 2013

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC). The publication covers all five member states of the East African Community (EAC) and the Seychelles. It is part of the AfDB’s monitoring of socioeconomic developments across the continent and provides summary information on the previous quarter’s major developments across the sub-region for which quarterly data are available on a timely basis. Each Bulletin also contains a dedicated section on a special theme. This issue looks at...
06-Jun-2013

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°20 - March-April 2013

06-Jun-2013

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - First Quarter 2013

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC). The publication covers all five member states of the East African Community (EAC) as well as the Seychelles. It 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 quarterly data are available on a timely basis. Each issue also includes a d
25-Apr-2013

Egypt Economic Quarterly Review - Volume 1 - June 2012

It is over a year now since Egyptians embarked on a new political, social, and economic path after toppling former President Hosni Mubarak during the 25 January 2011 revolution. Such a momentous development, that is expected to transform Egypt to become a transparent, accountable, and socially and economically prosperous country, has not only challenges but also opportunities. Egyptians continue to resolve several multifaceted challenges faced by their country. Recently, they successfully concluded Presidential elections, and are working towards drawing a new Constitution. A successful...
04-Apr-2013

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Third Quarter 2012

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists attached to the African Development Bank Group’s (ADB) East Africa Department. The publication covers all five member states of the East African Community (EAC) as well as the islands of The Seychelles. It is part of the ADB’s surveillance of economic and policy developments across the continent and provides summary information on the previous quarter’s major developments across the region for which quarterly data are available on a timely basis. Where appropriate, the report also attempts to draw some implications of those...
04-Apr-2013

East Africa Quarterly Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2012

The East Africa Quarterly Bulletin is produced by country economists of the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC). The publication covers all five member states of the East African Community (EAC) as well as the Seychelles. It 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 quarterly data are available on a timely basis. The report is deliberately crafted to be succinct and in non-technical language for...