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Resilience in Africa: "Providing solutions is an act of justice and an indicator of global progress", says Khaled Sherif
The second edition of the Africa Resilience Forum organized by the African Development Bank opened Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Forum, an effective platform for the exchange of experiences and knowledge on fragility and resilience, brings together development partners and institutional actors in the sector, as well as about 15 start-ups that will present innovative and concrete solutions for strengthening people’s resilience.
“The 2018 Resilience Forum also introduces an additional element, the ‘Market Place’. We have invited providers of new and innovative ways for the delivery of energy and water. The exhibition of these technologies provide an opportunity for participants to interact and engage with the providers and to appreciate the possibilities that innovations bring to the neediest communities,” said the African Development Bank’s Senior Vice-President, Charles Boamah, during the opening session.
The Bank’s Vice-President, Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, Khaled Sherif, called for participants to go beyond mere discussions and explore concrete actions that can be taken, especially on behalf of the most vulnerable populations. “We must,” he urged, “provide solutions that are adapted to the needs of communities at the bottom of the pyramid, not just because it is an act of justice, but also because it is an indicator of global progress for everyone, including those at the top of the pyramid. To achieve this, we must mobilize the necessary resources wherever possible.”
The African Development Bank is committed to strengthening resilience on the continent. Of the 36 countries considered fragile around the world, 21 are in Africa. To combat pockets of fragility, the Bank launched initiatives in January 2017 to transform 10,000 fragile communities in Africa in 1,000 days. This is in line with the Bank’s five strategic priorities, known as the High 5s.