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Gender equality: It’s time for disruption, time to shatter the status quo. We can’t afford to wait!

22-Nov-2019 - If you are a gender champion, then you are familiar with the discussions around the glass cliff.  The story of women eager to defy the odds, accepting leadership roles at times of crisis, when the chance of failure is the highest. The truth is that many bold glass cliff climbers have succeeded without falling off. Two of such champions come to my mind: the former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcah and Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF.

Interview with Jennifer Blanke, Vice President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group, ahead of the 2019 Gender Summit

22-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank and the government of Rwanda are hosting the Global Gender Summit from 25 to 27 November in Kigali. The Summit is being organised by the Multilateral Development Banks’ (MDBs) Working Group on gender, and will be held for the first time in Africa. We speak to Bank Vice President, Jennifer Blanke, to find out more about this high-profile event.   1 - This year the African Development Bank is hosting the Global Gender Summit for the first time on the continent.  What are your expectations?

South Sudan: African Development Bank-financed upgraded Juba power distribution system comes onstream

22-Nov-2019 - The government of South Sudan on Thursday commissioned a $38 million upgraded power distribution system financed by the African Development Bank to restore reliable electricity supply to Juba’s central business district and boost suburban livelihoods. The Juba Power Distribution System Rehabilitation and Expansion Project is the first in a series of major energy sector interventions by the Bank to improve livelihoods and build resilience in South Sudan. As its counterpart contribution, the government provided land for the construction of five...

Congo : la Banque africaine de développement prête 73 millions d’euros pour mettre en place des chaînes de valeurs agricoles

22-Nov-2019 - Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, ce mercredi à Abidjan, un prêt de 73,2 millions d’euros au profit de la République du Congo pour mettre en place des chaînes de valeurs agricoles au bénéfice de plus de 350.000 personnes.

2019 conference on land policy in Africa: why it matters for the continent, by Cosmas Milton Ochieng

21-Nov-2019 -   Cosmas Milton Ochieng, an expert in natural resource governance and economic development in Africa, is the Director of the African Natural Resource Centre at the African Development Bank.

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, participera au Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’État de la Cemac à Yaoundé

20-Nov-2019 - Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, participera au Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’État de la Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique centrale (Cemac) du 21 au 22 novembre à Yaoundé, au Cameroun. L’ordre du jour du Sommet a fixé une évaluation du programme régional de réforme économique et financière de la Cemac et de la situation des économies des pays de la zone dans la perspective de leur relance et de leur diversification.

Sommet mondial du genre 2019 à Kigali : la Banque africaine de développement et le Rwanda veulent accélérer la promotion de l’égalité des sexes

20-Nov-2019 - Pour la première fois, l’Afrique accueille, du 25 au 27 novembre à Kigali, le Sommet mondial sur le genre, un événement qui vise à partager les meilleures pratiques et stimuler l’innovation afin d’accélérer les progrès en matière d’égalité des sexes.

Gazelles among the elephants and lions - MSMEs carve out space to grow

19-Nov-2019 - Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are the heartbeat of Africa’s economies. They represent 95% of all firms and generate more than 80% of new jobs on the continent each year. Africa’s labour force is expected to grow by 1 billion between 2016 and 2063. To keep those people working, almost 1.7 million jobs need to be created each month across the continent. MSMEs will play a crucial role in creating decent jobs and reducing inequality and poverty.

Cameroun : la Banque africaine de développement accorde près de 18millions d’euros pour les 365 km de la Ring Road

19-Nov-2019 - Le ministre de l’Economie, de la planification et de l’aménagement du territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey et le directeur général de la Banque africaine de développement pour la région Afrique centrale, Ousmane Doré, ont signé l’accord de prêt de la première tranche du « Projet d’appui au secteur des transports phase 3 : construction de la Ring Road », pour un montant de 17,96 millions d’euros, soit environ 12 milliards de francs CFA. C’était le 28 octobre 2019 à Yaoundé, en présence de responsables officiels camerounais et du responsable pays de...

Tunisie : la Banque africaine de développement soutient activement l’accès au financement des petites et moyennes entreprises

19-Nov-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement a lancé, le jeudi 31 octobre à Tunis, le programme « Investia Enterprise » afin de renforcer la dynamique d’inclusion financière en faveur des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) tunisiennes. Cette opération est le fruit d’un partenariat entre le Royaume-Uni et le ministère des Finances tunisien, mobilisant, autour de la Bourse des valeurs mobilières de Tunis, l’ensemble des acteurs de l’écosystème financier du pays. L’objectif de ce programme pilote est de faciliter l’accès aux financements non bancaires...

Zambia: African Development Bank and partners improving sanitation for Lusaka’s low-income suburbs

19-Nov-2019 - “Sometimes, it looks to me like surgery in the belly of an ancient beast,” says Herbert Chinokoro, senior water and sanitation engineer at the African Development Bank’s Country Office in Lusaka, Zambia. He is describing the scene along the streets of the capital, Lusaka, where earthmovers and excavators were digging out disused water pipelines from a major trench and replacing them with new and more durable tubes.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

18-Nov-2019 - Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout talent and raise awareness about the success and growth of sports on the continent.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

18-Nov-2019 - Challenged a few years ago at an investment forum about the number of women-owned businesses she invested in, Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF, faced the realization that after 15 years of private equity investing in businesses in Europe, Asia and North America, the answer was: none. It was a turning point for the former investment banker, although her partner and co-founder, South African Polo Leteka, had been doing exactly that for years.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: African Development Bank signs $250-million risk participation agreement with ABSA, to address Africa’s trade financing gap

18-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank has signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA - a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries. The 3-year RPA facility was signed November 12, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Form through its trade finance operations. Under this 3-year RPA facility, the Bank and ABSA will share default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African Issuing Banks (IBs) and confirmed by ABSA.

Promouvoir une culture de la transparence pour une gouvernance renforcée de la commande publique

16-Nov-2019 - La Banque africaine de développement est la première institution multilatérale de développement en Afrique. A ce titre, elle a fait du financement du développement sur le continent, son cœur de métier. Le « métier du développement » pour ainsi dire, requiert dans le contexte qui est le nôtre, plus que des vœux pieux, des aptitudes et des compétences, de la rigueur et de l’abnégation.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: "Africa's time is now!", says Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

14-Nov-2019 - At the close on Wednesday of the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina put the accent on current investment opportunities in Africa and on assuring young African entrepreneurs of the institution's support.

2019 Africa Investment Forum: African Development Bank, EU reaffirm partnership, ambition to de-risk business environment, create jobs in Africa

14-Nov-2019 - The African Development Bank and the European Union shook hands on a renewed commitment to unlock hundreds of millions in financing for African infrastructure and development needs. Collaboration between the two institutions would focus on de-risking the business environment in Africa, providing equity, guarantees and other types of non-grant support, African Development Bank President Akinwumi and European Union Commissioner Neven Mimica said at a news conference held Monday, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum.

Africa Investment Forum 2019 : le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement, au centre des discussions d’un panel d’experts

13-Nov-2019 - Le programme « Desert to Power », initié par la Banque africaine de développement pour fournir de l’électricité à 250 millions de personnes dans la région du Sahel, a fait l’objet d’une session spécifique mardi à l’Africa Investment Forum 2019, organisé à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud.

Africa Investment Forum 2019: MOU brings good news for Africa’s rail networks

13-Nov-2019 - The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Thelo DB on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The agreement will give both parties an opportunity to develop, finance and operate railway projects across Africa. Thelo and Afreximbank have agreed to collaborate to modernise the continent’s railways, thereby promoting trade, investment, and economic and skills development. Both see the urgent need for efficient and effective transportation and logistics on the continent, particularly in...