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African Development Bank allocates €1.2 million to train policymakers in boosting mining revenues

15-Jan-2020 - The African Development Bank has allocated a €1.2 million grant to provide training to help resource-rich countries improve their mining revenues. The Bank’s Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex approved the first-of its kind grant from the Transitional Support Facility for the project on Financial Modelling for the Extractive Sector (FIMES) in December. The project will be implemented in Africa’s transitional countries from 2020 to 2022.

African Development Bank set to unveil 2020 African Economic Outlook

15-Jan-2020 - WHERE: African Development Bank HQ, Babacar N’diaye Auditorium, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire WHEN: 30 January 2020; 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm   The African Development Bank will launch the 2020 edition of its flagship African Economic Outlook (AEO) report on Thursday, 30 January 2020 at its headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Zimbabwe: African Development Bank, UN and World Bank launch 2019 Needs Assessment Report to spur economic recovery

15-Jan-2020 - The African Development Bank, United Nations and World Bank Group recently launched the Zimbabwe 2019 Joint Needs Assessment Report. The study, the first to be prepared jointly in Zimbabwe by the three organizations, was produced after the Government of Zimbabwe requested them to assess the scope of challenges and needs.

African Development Bank unveils Policy on Non-Sovereign Operations

13-Jan-2020 - The African Development Bank Group on Monday organized a workshop to share its approach to private sector funding through its new policy on Non-Sovereign Operations (NSO Policy). The policy provides the general framework and modalities required for Bank lending and investment without sovereign guarantee to private and public entities that meet specific eligibility requirements on non-concessional terms.

African Development Bank signs five-year agreement to use International Federation of Consulting Engineer (FIDIC) standard contracts

13-Jan-2020 - The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has secured a major agreement with the African Development Bank that will see the international funding organisation include the use of seven FIDIC standard contracts for the next five years.

African Development Bank approves €8 million technical assistance grant to support preparation of Ruzizi IV Hydro Power Project in the Great Lakes region

13-Jan-2020 - The Board of Directors of African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will supply electricity to the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.

African Development Bank sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund reaches final equity close with partner contributions

10-Jan-2020 - The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) has reached a final equity close with $59 million in committed equity capital and $36 million debt facilities, to support innovative, off-grid energy access companies.

8th Governing Council meeting of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism

09-Jan-2020 - What: 8th Governing Council meeting of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism When: 24 January 2020, 9:00am to 4:00pm Where: African Development Bank - CCIA Building, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) will convene its 8th Governing Council (GC) meeting on 24 January 2020, at the African Development Bank, CCIA building in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

African Development Bank approves $20 million investment in Metier Fund to support renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

07-Jan-2020 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $20 million investment in the Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II, which channels funds to renewable energy and resource-efficient infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

La Banque africaine de développement octroie un don de 976000 euros pour le Projet d’appui au démarrage du marché financier unifié d’Afrique centrale

02-Jan-2020 - Le Gouverneur de la Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC), Abbas Mahamat Tolli et le Responsable-Pays du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) au Cameroun, Solomane Koné, ont procédé le 21 décembre 2019 à Douala, au Cameroun, à la signature

La Banque africaine de développement et le Cameroun signent un Accord de prêt de 80,4 millions d’euros au titre de la Phase III du Programme d’appui à la compétitivité et la croissance économique

27-Dec-2019 - Le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Gouverneur du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement pour le Cameroun, Alamine Ousmane Mey et le Responsable-Pays de la Banque africaine de développement au Cameroun, Solomane Kone, ont  procédé, le 19 décembre 2019 à Yaoundé, à la signature d’un accord de prêt pour le financement de la troisième phase du Programme d’appui à la compétitivité et la croissance économique (PACCE III),  en présence du Ministre camerounais des Finances, Louis-Paul Motaze.

Funding options for African countries hit by climate change: Africa Climate Change Fund shows results

23-Dec-2019 - The debate around climate change often focuses on the targets that need to be achieved. Another aspect of the discussion is increasingly gaining attention; that is the funding required, for African countries in particular, where climate change has hit the hardest. The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) recently convened an event titled “Supporting African countries to unlock and absorb climate adaptation finance” at the 25th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain.

‘Let West Africa’s success echo throughout the world.’ ECOWAS hails the success of African Development Bank investments in the region

23-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank’s investments in West Africa are yielding remarkable results, the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, said in Abuja on Saturday. He was speaking at the bloc’s fifty-sixth ordinary session, attended by regional heads of state and government. Brou said the Bank had provided “invaluable technical and financial interventions…in the implementation of numerous projects and programmes”.

ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as President of the African Development Bank

23-Dec-2019 - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina for a second term at the helm of the institution. The decision was announced at the end of the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria.

Tanzania: African Development Bank’s $55 million facility to jumpstart private sector-led economic growth

23-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank has approved a $55 million facility to strengthen implementation of reforms to enhance Tanzania’s economic competitiveness and private sector participation in the country’s growth. These critical reforms will lead to a more vibrant economy, which will improve the living conditions of Tanzanians, particularly the poor and vulnerable, and including women and youth. 

Global Gender Summit 2019: Climate investment funds can cushion women from adverse effects of climate change

23-Dec-2019 - Gender-sensitive climate action can help reduce women’s vulnerability to climate change, according to experts. The topic arose during the Global Gender Summit in Kigali, hosted by the African Development Bank and the government of Rwanda. Panelists discussed gender and social risk management, livelihood diversification and institutional strengthening, at a session entitled “Gender responsive climate action: experience from the Climate Investment Funds,” held on 26 November.

Sudan: African Development Bank approves $21.783 million grant for roll out of solar-powered irrigation

23-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a grant to the government of Sudan to accelerate the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps in the country’s West Kordofan and North Kordofan states. The project will enable farmers’ adoption of renewable energy technology through the installation of 1,170 photovoltaic (PV) irrigation pumps, the establishment of maintenance and repair workshops for the pumps, and the supply of equipment for a pump testing laboratory to provide certification and training.

Cameroun : la Banque africaine de développement soutient la phase 3 de la Ring Road pour près de 180 millions d’euros

21-Dec-2019 - Le Conseil d'administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, mercredi 18 décembre 2019, un prêt de 255 millions d’euros pour le financement du « Programme d’appui au transport- phase 3 – construction de la Ring Road- tranche 2 du financement Bad ». La Ring-Road couvre environ 365 km et traverse cinq des sept départements de la Région du Nord-ouest. La route comprend également plusieurs raccordements à la frontière nigériane, notamment à partir de Misaje.

Getting onboard: A new highway along the Nigeria-Cameroon border is helping women commuters and villagers all around

20-Dec-2019 - Women commuters along the Nigeria-Cameroon border are breathing a sigh of relief. Before  the construction of a cross-border road in the southeast of Nigeria and northwestern Cameroon, women struggled to get seats on public transport; drivers favored male passengers because they could help push stuck vehicles out of the mud. The Enugu-Bamenda Highway has put a stop to this gender discrimination and changed the lives of those on either side of the border in other ways too.

Looking back at 2019: Key moments

20-Dec-2019 - The year 2019 was a year of exciting firsts for the African Development Bank Group. The year was marked by innovation and several new milestones that brought us closer to the “Africa we want.” The Bank pushed its High 5 strategy forward in tandem with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.