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‘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...

In Western Zambia, community champions mobilize for better sanitation, decent latrines

06-Mar-2019 - Beauty Matomola is one of the champions of the Government’s Transforming Rural Livelihoods in Western Zambia project, financed by the African Development Bank.  A cheerful, energetic 34-year-old single mother of two, she is using her considerable powers of persuasion to help local communities achieve a low cost, high impact project in the region: getting her neighbors to build decent latrines. Thus far, she has persuaded 48 out of the 55 households in her village to build the improved toilets. “Open...

African Development Bank delivers water and sanitation project to Eswatini’s Ezulwini Valley

28-Feb-2019 - Communities of Ezulwini Valley in north west Eswatini, will soon benefit from a water supply and sanitation project funded by the African Development Bank, ending challenges to potable water supply. With a population of about 26,000 people, Ezulwini Valley is known locally as the “Valley of Heaven.” Its soft, green hills and the 4,500-hectare Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary, established in 1964, has led to a rapid urbanisation of the valley and its surrounding region, as well as the growth of tourism in Eswatini...

African Development Bank Shows its Support to the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Economic Recovery

27-Feb-2019 - The Kingdom of Eswatini is developing its infrastructure, growing the private sector, and providing an environment that will attract foreign direct investments. The country’s development agenda, despite recent economic challenges, is fully geared to human capital development and improving the quality of life and the social well-being of its people. This was noted on a consultation mission of executive directors of the African Development Bank Group, who visited the country in January 2019, and held...

African Development Bank in action in East Africa to provide continuous electricity supply to 1 million households

27-Feb-2019 - From Kenya to Tanzania, from Uganda to Ethiopia, the familiar sound of petrol and diesel generators is about to disappear from the daily lives of millions of Africans. These East Africa countries have faced regular major power cuts since the early 2000s. But this is about to change; inhabitants of these countries are on the verge of switching them off for good, with the upcoming commissioning of a power transmission line to interconnect Kenya and Ethiopia. This line is scheduled to enter its operational phase in...