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Namibia: African Development Bank grant gives life-changing opening for female freight forwarders

01-Jul-2019 - “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime” – Fabiola Hindjou, Namibian freight and logistics worker In the commercial department of TransNamib, the national rail company of Namibia, Fabiola Hindjou is responsible for the tariffs. She is in charge of assessing TransNamib’s local, regional and global transport rates and explores potential areas of growth for the company. Her experience in the business development section fueled a keen interest in the Master Plan for the development of an International Logistics Hub...

Côte d’Ivoire : le premier projet de pôle agro-industriel, financé par la Banque africaine de développement, pose ses jalons à Yamoussoukro

21-Jun-2019 - Le projet de pôle agro-industriel dans la région du Bélier (2PAI Bélier) est le tout premier agropole de Côte d’Ivoire. Financé à 80 % par la Banque africaine de développement à hauteur de 121 millions de dollars, il a pour objectif de relancer l’agriculture pour atteindre l’autosuffisance alimentaire dans une région en déclin économique depuis 30 ans, malgré un potentiel important. Diplôme d’ingénieure agronome en poche, Madoussou Diomandé n’a nullement été tentée par les bureaux feutrés d’Abidjan. Au...

South Africa: Women Walking the Road Less Taken, and Shining

06-Jun-2019 - Pumza Mbulekwua and Phie Nxumalo are working in male-dominated fields - construction and engineering. The pair both had their Bachelor’s degrees funded by Eskom, as part of its efforts to groom specialists to augment the workforce at its Medupi Power Station. The station co-financed by the African Development Bank, comprises six coal-powered units with a cumulative capacity of 4,764MW. In anticipation of potential mass job opportunities, the Bank and Eskom embedded skills development, in the construction...

South Africa: African Development Bank Group Supports Skills Development in Eskom’s Medupi Power Plant

05-Jun-2019 - For many years, Sarina Malatji dreamed about helping out her community. She grew up in a community where few young people could afford an education. Today, she has not only educated herself, but she is also contributing towards the education of others. Malatji was raised in Limpopo Province where the scorching sun and bushveld disadvantage reign. She worked for the state power utility Eskom until 2011, when she left to start her own cleaning business – Green Dot - which currently employs 115 people at the...

‘One of the best opportunities I received’ – Malawi student looks forward to being a teacher after studies funded by African Development Bank project

17-May-2019 - Cecilia Phiri is a student at Chancellor College in Malawi. Located in Zomba, about 300 km south of Lilongwe, Chancellor College (CHANCO) is the largest of the five constituent colleges composing the University of Malawi, which was established in 1965. Cecilia started her studies in 2014. She is majoring in Biology and Organic Chemistry. In 2018, she was the only student selected to work as an eight-month intern in the biology laboratory of her college. The experience she gained through this internship improves...

Madagascar: African Development Bank supports women's empowerment and protection of the environment in Bas Mangoky

02-May-2019 - Farmer and single mother Bertine Mariazi’s life changed dramaticallyBertine Mariazy is a farmer in Tanandava, a rural town in Morombe District in south-west Madagascar. Her standard of living has soared over the past eight years, as a result of development works in the irrigated area of Bas Mangoky (supplied with water by the Mangoky, at 822 km in length, the longest river in Madagascar). Having better quality water and in greater quantity for her land has enabled her to double her rice production and her...

Togo: African Development Bank helps to create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs

23-Apr-2019 - Since 2016, the African Development Bank has committed $1.7 million to the Project to Support the Employability and Integration of Young People in Growth Sectors (PAEIJ-SP) in Togo, which has helped create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs. When Agrokom and Agricultural Growth Junction of Togo (JCAT) launched in the Togolese capital of Lomé in 2011, they each had around a dozen employees, very few of whom were young people. Agrokom processes oilseeds (soya and palm nut) to make livestock meal and edible oils...

African Development Bank leads reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in aftermath of deadly cyclone

15-Apr-2019 - The water is receding in Beira – Mozambique’s second largest city – weeks after the deadly cyclone hit in March 2019, leaving behind scenes of desolation and grief-stricken survivors. Tropical Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands missing.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and displaced. Thousands of...

African Development Bank: All-female Coding for Employment class to open doors for Nigerian women in tech

04-Apr-2019 - [row] [column md="8"] Sa’adatu Babayo and Esther Ayuba have more than being female in common: the two are proud participants of the first all-women Coding for Employment class, currently underway in Nigeria as part of a pilot scheme to broaden opportunities for African women. The month-long classes in basic Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and other digital skills began 11 Marchth 2019, and are being conducted on two campuses - Gombe State University, Northern Nigeria and...

African Development Bank helps to break down the barriers to free trade in Africa

01-Apr-2019 - A year after the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement ( AfCFTA)in Kigali by 49 African states, and following the ratification of the agreement by Ethiopia on the first anniversary on 21st March, only one more state is now required to reach the minimum requirement of 22 ratifying states. This will confirm its entry into force, contributing to the creation of one of the potentially biggest free trade areas in the world. "Progress made on the free-trade area is particularly encouraging,"...

Malawi: From boreholes to public taps: rural communities to access improved water supply thanks to the African Development Bank

21-Mar-2019 - In the lakeside village of Kafuzira, in the Nkhotakota District of Malawi’s Central Region, the water taps are not yet running. In the dry season, the women and girls still trudge five kilometers to Lake Malawi to fetch water for their daily needs. Then when the rains come and fill the nearby water holes, they compete with domestic and wild animals for water from the same sources. However, the days of braving the elements, spending hours to fetch and haul 20-litre plastic cans of water balanced on their heads...

Egypt: Turning wastewater into wealth, the African Development Bank promotes green technology, climate change mitigation

15-Mar-2019 - Egypt is revolutionizing the nation’s water delivery and mitigating the effects of climate change with innovative green technology and state-of-the-art sludge conversion plants. The result has been reduced carbon emissions, renewable energy, effective anti-pollution measures and improved livelihoods. The Gabel El-Asfar wastewater treatment plant and the Abu Rawash plant have received $58 million and $150 million for expansion and upgrading respectively, from the African Development Bank, which is funding...