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Rwandan women making a difference at water treatment plant

19-Sep-2019 - About 30 minutes’ drive outside Kigali, the tidy capital of Rwanda, past lush forests, marshland and makeshift roadside stores advertising their offerings on hand-painted signs, a group of women are quietly making history. On a construction site next to the Nyabarongo River, the women are hard at work on a water treatment plant that will change the destiny of the country, as well as their own. Florence Ntibazakwirwa spends several hours a day bending steel to precise angles, after which the metal is used to...

Eswatini’s ‘flag lady’ on the road to prosperity

11-Sep-2019 - Senteni Mahlalela is a 27-year-old woman who lives in Ezulwini, in the northwest of Eswatini, the historical center of the kingdom. Since 2017, she has worked along the Main Road 3 (MR3), a major highway that links some of the country’s most important cities, such as Matsapha, Mbabane, Manzini and Ngwenya. The MR3 is one of the busiest roads in the nation, crossing from the east to the west of the country. It is also a major part of the road network in southern Africa.

Pretoria, South Africa: Bank raises awareness of rules on integrity and anti-corruption in two-day session

09-Sep-2019 - The African Development Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-corruption (PIAC) held a two-day session on 12-13 August 2019 with staff, consultants and contractors to raise awareness on the Bank’s rules and regulations regarding integrity and anti-corruption. The first day brought together staff and consultants based in the Southern Africa regional office in Pretoria and country offices, while the second day was designed for consultants and contractors working with the Bank.

“Prospects for Africa” great as new spaces open up for Tunisia’s youth in industry

06-Sep-2019 - Smartly dressed Maroua Khemiri is ready to start a busy day. The young engineer has secured a contract with Eleonetech in Tunisia, an electro-mechanical firm that specialises in producing cables and electronic assembly. Having risen through the ranks to become the first female project manager at the electro-mechanical firm, Khemiri’s achievement as a female engineer in this part of North Africa is rare, especially in the industrial sector.

Malawi: African Development Bank propels competitiveness of small businesses and cooperatives

03-Sep-2019 - Mega Signs and Media Ltd is today the first and unique printing company able to manufacture professional, directional and product signs and all-size billboards across Malawi. Based in Blantyre and Lilongwe, this local enterprise has expanded remarkably thanks to a “matching grant” of MWK40,000,000 (about $42,400) from the Competitiveness and Job Creation Support Project, supported by the African Development Bank.

African Development Bank supports government efforts on education for all in Malawi

27-Aug-2019 - Mangochi, Malawi, 27 August 2019: Agness Phiri is the deputy head teacher of St. Monica girls’ secondary school, located in Mangochi, a township near the southern end of Lake Malawi. The school hosts 318 girls.

Gabon: The African Development Bank’s funding improves conditions for those living by the country's main trunk road

23-Aug-2019 - Hermann Nzondo drives a taxi. He grimaces when he mentions the former National Highway 1: "Back then, the 119-km journey from Lambaréné to Mouila was not easy. You could only do it in a 4x4. But since they surfaced the road, a taxi can do the return journey in two hours instead of five”.

“African Development Bank $13 billion investment in Southern Africa is delivering strong results…Africa must not be under-ambitious!” Adesina tells...

19-Aug-2019 - The African Development Bank’s $13 billion investment in Southern African region since 2012 is delivering strong results across countries, the Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina said, addressing over 1000 delegates at the opening ceremony of the 39th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Summit. The theme for this year's Summit is, "A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-trade and Job Creation."

Rwanda’s women in tech: Leading the digital revolution

16-Aug-2019 - When she was a little girl, Jeanne Yamfashije wanted to be a doctor. Her goal was to make her parents proud and serve her people. The 29-year-old IT specialist did not become a doctor but she has certainly fulfilled her other wishes. For the past five years, Yamfashije has been working with a project that promotes science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among girls in Rwanda. The group, called Girls in ICT Rwanda, offers mentorships, boot camps and a competition to encourage innovation among students....

Mali: In Baguinéda, women and small farmers see rice yields soar with help from the African Development Bank

13-Aug-2019 - In Baguinéda, in eastern Mali's Koulikoro region, the lowlands on the banks of the river Niger stretch as far as the eye can see. Between two irrigated rice-growing areas, a group of women, together with their young children, are at work pulling weeds. Dramane Diallo, 54, works alongside them. Thanks to the the Koulikoro Region Food And Nutrition Security Enhancement Project of Mali (PReSAN-KL),funded by the African Development Bank, rice and cereal harvests in Mali’s  “rice bowl” have risen dramatically. And...

Namibia hails milestone as it launches expanded Walvis Bay Port

05-Aug-2019 - Namibian President Hage Geingob has hailed the expansion of the Walvis Bay port as a new chapter in the country’s economic transformation.

African Development Bank’s support of electrification changes habits and lightens the load for Guineans

31-Jul-2019 - For over a year in Conakry, the Guinean capital, and in several other major towns and rural areas in the country, habits have changed.  Like many of her compatriots, Arama Sire Camara, a fruit and vegetable seller in the province of Kindia (135 km from Conakry) is now much more confident and happy carrying on her business day and night. “With lighting on the road at night and illuminating our goods, it means we are safer, especially with all the cars on the road. You can work for longer after nightfall, and so...