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COP 25: Kenya experience suggests gender equality is best path to achieve SDGs

12-Dec-2019 - By LEOPOLD OBI, Climate Tracker Stakeholders at COP25 climate talks, citing Kenya’s example, called on developing countries to boost women’s involvement in the fight against climate change. Without gender equality, evidence suggests, African countries are unlikely to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or transformative economic growth. 

The African Development Bank to launch its Policy on Non-sovereign Operations

12-Dec-2019 - WHAT: Dissemination workshop for the Policy on Non-sovereign Operations of the African Development Bank WHO: The Strategy and Operational Policies Department (SNSP) The Non-Sovereign Operations and Private Sector Support Department (PINS) WHEN: Monday 13 January 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00 WHERE:

African Development Bank and African Union to roll-out a continent-wide electricity market Masterplan

12-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) have agreed to jointly develop a blueprint for a pan-continental electricity network and market. The agreement to set up a Continental Power System Master Plan between the Bank and AUDA-NEPAD was unveiled, on November 29th, during a three-day workshop on the sidelines of Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week held in Cairo. The workshop also produced the Masterplan’s terms of reference.

ADF-15 replenishment: Donors commit $7.6 billion, a 32% boost from last replenishment, in support of Africa’s low-income, fragile, countries

11-Dec-2019 - Donors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Thursday agreed to commit $7.6 billion to speed up growth in Africa’s poorest nations and help lift millions out of poverty. This fifteenth replenishment of the ADF (ADF-15), up 32% from the previous cycle, sends a strong signal of trust in the Fund, which is the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group.

In Senegal, the African Development Bank supports farmers to build food security

11-Dec-2019 - Gnilane Faye stands proudly by her chicken coop with her son, Serigne Saliou Ba, beside her. Faye, a Senegalese farmer and a beneficiary of the Pasa Loumakaf food security project supported by the African Development Bank, shows off her accounting book and explains how her business started.

COP 25: African parliamentarians called on to speak as one for their voice to be heard

11-Dec-2019 - African parliamentarians should speak as one to make their voice heard in climate negotiations, Arona Soumaré, the African Development Bank's principal expert in climate change and green growth, said on Thursday during the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP 25).

Development institutions present digital guide to help African countries fast-track SDGs, Paris Agreement and AU’s Agenda 2063 implementation

11-Dec-2019 - Three leading development partners have presented a digital application at the COP 25 climate conference in Madrid to help African countries grappling with the simultaneous implementation of key global initiatives. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Development Bank Group, and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) on Tuesday unveiled the Guide for Integrated Planning in Africa.

Senegal: African Development Bank lends €62.8 million to help create 150,000 jobs for women and young people

11-Dec-2019 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved a €62.83 million loan to the Government of Senegal for implementation of the first phase of a project aimed at providing jobs for 150,000 women and youth. Funding for the Project to Support and Enhance Women's and Young People's Entrepreneurial Initiatives (PAVIE I), is composed of a €14 million loan from the African Development Fund and a €48.83 million loan from the African Development Bank.

Maroc : la Banque africaine de développement approuve près de 245 millions d’euros pour développer les réseaux de transport d’électricité et d’électrification rurale

11-Dec-2019 - Le Conseil d'administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, ce jour, un financement d’environ 245 millions d’euros en faveur de l’Office national de l’électricité et de l’eau potable (ONEE) en vue de réaliser son programme de développement des réseaux de transport d’électricité et d’électrification rurale.

African Development Bank and partners inaugurate Shango power substation in Rwanda to facilitate access to the regional electricity market

10-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank, Embassy of Germany in Rwanda and the KfW Development Bank joined the Government of Rwanda to inaugurate the high voltage 188 MVA Shango power substation in the capital Kigali and its related transmission network.

Africa Day at COP 25 takes stock of climate talks

09-Dec-2019 - What:             Africa Day at COP 25 takes stock of climate talks When:            10 December 2019    Where:           Room 3, Hall 4 at IFEMA Conference Centre, Madrid Time:              18:30 to 20:00 Who:              Jointly organized by the African Union Commission, African Development Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa   

African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa launches “game changing” digital marketplace for the continent’s fashion creators

09-Dec-2019 - The African Development Bank’s flagship initiative, Fashionomics Africa, has launched the pilot phase of a digital marketplace to help Africa’s fashion designers, textile and accessories professionals connect with global markets. The launch took place on 25 November at the Global Gender Summit, a gathering of more than 1,500 representatives from multilateral development banks, finance institutions, governments and private sector leaders in Kigali, Rwanda.

Are Nature Based Solutions the key to Africa’s climate response?

06-Dec-2019 - While the UN climate talks are celebrating their 25th year, carbon emissions around the world have continued to climb. For many, that is where natural solutions could play a key role in managing a dramatic climate transition. Nature-based solutions or the process of working with and around natural ecosystems to deliver real-world benefits for climate resilience and sustainable development, took center stage on day 4 of COP25 in Madrid).

African Economic Conference: The do’s and don’ts of youth employment

06-Dec-2019 - African governments, working with civil society and the private sector, should formulate deliberate policies to boost employability, particularly of the continent’s youth, according to regional surveys presented at this year’s African Economic Conference (AEC) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Researchers Abou Kane from Senegal, Joachim Tindo from Cameroon and Togo’s Mawussi Djahini-Afawoubo administered the survey to analyze the labor market in their respective countries.

African Development Bank President wins All Africa Business Leaders Awards ™ 2019 African of the Year award

06-Dec-2019 - African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina received the African of the Year Award from the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™), Thursday, in recognition of his bold leadership and the innovation of the Africa Investment Forum which “opened up billions of dollars of investment into the continent.” The ninth edition of the awards, organized by AABLA™ in conjunction with CNBC Africa, seeks to honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy.

African Legal Support Facility Management Board approves Work Plan and Budget for 2020

05-Dec-2019 - The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Management Board, the legal support arm of the African Development Bank, met in Abidjan, to review the institution’s activities, work plan and budget for 2020. “This is an opportunity for us to review and deliberate on ALSF interventions, which contribute meaningfully to development in Africa,” ALSF Board Chairperson, Gaston Kenfack, said in his opening remarks.

2019 African Economic Conference: Work as one and listen to the youth to create jobs for Africa’s next generation, delegates urge policymakers

05-Dec-2019 - Africa must work as one to turn the continent’s ‘youth bulge’ into opportunities, delegates at the closing of the 2019 African Economic Conference said on Wednesday. The three-day conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, discussed initiatives for boosting entrepreneurship, improving the business ecosystem, access to capital and better infrastructure – all to create decent jobs for the continent’s unemployed and under-employed youth.

The African Development Fund: over 45 years of support to strengthen the continent’s least developed and fragile nations

05-Dec-2019 - In 38 of the continent’s most vulnerable countries, the African Development Fund or ADF is enhancing livelihoods by promoting regional integration, fostering businesses and enhancing food security through its investments in power projects, roads and bridges.

Fostering jobs, entrepreneurship, and capacity development for African youth: the time for disruption is now!

04-Dec-2019 - “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with only 0.41 percent growth in employment.

Burkina Faso: African Development Bank approves €48,82 million for Desert to Power Yeleen programme to increase solar generation

04-Dec-2019 - The Board of Directors of the Bank has approved a €48,82 million loan to the Government of Burkina Faso for the Yeleen solar plant, intended to boost national power supply.