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Prepare for the agriculture of tomorrow, African Development Bank President challenges high school students at global symposium

17-Oct-2019 - Young people from around the world gathered in Des Moines Iowa at the Global Youth Institute on Thursday to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates. This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation to facilitate discussion on pressing food security and agricultural issues.

2019 Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

11-Oct-2019 - 'I am delighted and proud that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He deserves it for his boldness and resolve to break with the past and build bridges that foster lasting peace. His remarkable leadership will help to bring security and prosperity to the entire Horn of Africa. The African Development Bank congratulates Prime Minister Ahmed and will wholeheartedly support initiatives to help the region achieve its objectives.”

Financial institutions’ chief information officers meet at knowledge sharing convention

09-Oct-2019 - The African Development Bank organized a knowledge sharing event of chief information officers (CIOs) from international financial institutions (IFIs) in Cape Town, 23-26 September.

Africa Investment Forum: CEOs changing the investment narrative in Africa

09-Oct-2019 - “The Africa Investment Forum, with its high-level, well-focused audience, ranks among the best.  Its strength is that it is very transaction-oriented. The Forum not only brings together investors and stakeholders to initiate deals, but can help close transactions that would otherwise take months or years,” says Ebobissé.

Climate Action Summit: Three questions to Dr Anthony Nyong, director climate change and green growth department

07-Oct-2019 - Leaders from all over the world met in New York recently to discuss efforts to tackle climate change. The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, attended the Climate Action Summit and pledged to double funding commitments to $25 billion from 2020 to 2025 to help African countries address the challenges of climate change. Most of this funding will go towards adaptation. Dr Anthony Nyong, Director of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Department, answers three questions on the topic, as the summit wraps up.

UNGA 2019: Sahel threats necessitate ‘global response’: Issoufou

25-Sep-2019 - Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou called on Sunday for a "global response" to the problems of land degradation that threaten the arid Sahel belt. Addressing a meeting of the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region at the United Nations, Mahamadou said the region's 250 million people are struggling with drought, desertification and other impacts of climate change. "The situation in the Sahel has global stakes, and it requires a global response," said Issoufou.

UNGA 2019: African Development Bank to help boost climate change adaptation funding to $12.5bn

25-Sep-2019 - African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina on Tuesday pledged to boost funding commitments by $12.5bn to help countries adapt to the effects of climate change between 2020 and 2025. Addressing UN talks on climate change adaptation, Adesina said the Bank was doubling commitments to climate finance to $25bn for the five-year period, half of which would fund climate adaptation.

UNGA 2019: Women are “Africa’s tigers” says Congolese First Lady as African Development Bank touts $3bn fund

25-Sep-2019 - African women are on the cusp of securing gender equality. “We are convinced that the moment for African women has now come,” said Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, the First Lady of the Republic of Congo. Nguesso made the remarks on Tuesday at a meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “The tiger doesn’t claim its tigerhood, and it has to act like a tiger,” Nguesso, president of OAFLAD, said in French via an interpreter.

Can Africa Afford to ‘Strand’ its Fossil Fuels?

23-Sep-2019 - In recent years, “stranded assets” have attracted a lot of interest, as climate-driven changes to our physical environment amplify the calls for a seamless transition to low-carbon pathways. More than 185 countries have agreed to leave two-thirds of proven fossil fuels in the ground, in order to meet the Paris Agreement climate target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

South Sudan: Bank approves $17.7 million for first education project

20-Sep-2019 - The Board of the African Development Bank approved a proposal for $17.7 million on 5 September, 2019 to finance the first social sector project in South Sudan since the Bank’s engagement in the country in 2012. The project will increase access to improved basic education for children in the Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria states and regions.

Angola: Country office anniversary cocktail toasts Bank’s 55 years of Making a Difference

18-Sep-2019 - The Angola country office of the African Development Bank on 10 September 2019 marked the Group’s 55th anniversary with a cocktail reception in Luanda, during which dignitaries toasted the Bank’s fruitful partnership and transformative work in Angola and Africa. The dignitaries included senior government officials, diplomats, development partners and representatives of financial institutions and project coordinators.

G5 Sahel Heads of State throw their weight behind African Development Bank's Desert to Power initiative

16-Sep-2019 - G5 Sahel heads of state at a Summit on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, gave strong support to Desert to Power, an Africa Development Bank-led initiative. The summit, "Harnessing solar energy for the socio-economic development of the G5 Sahel countries" came on the heels of a high-level technical meeting attended by the region’s energy ministers, and development partners including the World Bank, Agence Française de Développement, Masen (Moroccan Solar Energy Agency), and regional institutions such as the West African Economic and Monetary...