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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...

Bank-financed project brings hope to water-starved Eswatini communities

22-Jul-2019 - The Ezulwini Valley in northwest of Eswatini is surrounded to the east by low mountains and is home to about 26,000 people. Currently the water supply in the area is both unreliable and inadequate.

The Bank’s ZimFund water and sanitation project clears the air in Redcliff

18-Jul-2019 - Forbes Muzanzi, a resident of Rutendo High Density Suburb in Redcliff holds a ‘temporary sewer pipe’ that transported sewage out of his yard before ZimFund phase II replaced all the small and broken-down sewer pipes in his area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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 dramatically. Bertine Mariazy is a farmer in Tanandava, a rural town in Morombe District in south-west Madagascar.

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 defecation...

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 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.