African Natural Resources Centre

26-Apr-2019

Conference on Land Policy in Africa

The African Development Bank will host the biennial Conference on Land Policy in Africa from the 4th to 8thNovember 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This year’s conference theme is “Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector: sustainable pathway for Africa’s transformation.” The conference is a tripartite initiative by the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The Bank is represented in the event organisation by its African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC). The theme of this 3rd edition of the...
19-Apr-2019

La Banque africaine de développement soutient la lutte contre le travail des enfants dans les mines de cobalt en RDC

Pour lutter contre le travail des enfants dans les mines de cobalt en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, mercredi 17 avril 2019, un financement de 84,36 millions de dollars américains en faveur du Projet d’appui au bien-être alternatif des enfants et jeunes impliqués dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement du cobalt (PABEA-Cobalt). Les administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement ont donné leur feu vert à cette aide, composée d’un prêt de 45,19 millions de dollars et d’un don de 32,14 millions de dollars, au titre de la...
06-Dec-2018

Malawi: African Development Bank US$ 35 million loan to boost agriculture and natural resource management

The African Development Bank has approved a US$ 35 million loan for the Shire Valley Transformation Program - Phase 1 (SVTP-1), aimed at reducing poverty through the development of agricultural value chain and climate adaptation mechanisms. The Shire Valley Transformation Project will provide access to gravity fed irrigation and drainage services to the Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts south of Malawi. It will also secure land tenure for smallholder farmers and strengthen management of wetlands and protected areas. The project will provide infrastructure and enabling environment to scale...
05-Dec-2018

AEC2018: African Governance Report calls for better management of natural resources

The African Governance Report 2018 has called for better management of the continent’s natural resources to match the expected yields generated by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The report, entitled ‘Natural Resource Governance and Domestic Revenue Mobilization for Structural Transformation’ was launched at a special plenary session held on Tuesday 4 December during the African Economic Conference, in Kigali, Rwanda. The African Governance Report is produced by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and examines efforts made to improve the governance of Africa’...
13-Jul-2018

African Legal Support Facility and African Natural Resources Centre strengthen capacity in negotiating fisheries agreements and licences

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), in partnership with the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank, recently held a capacity development workshop to support coastal African countries in effectively negotiating fisheries agreements and concessions. The workshop took place 2-6 July  at the Protea Centurion Marriott Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa. A similar workshop was earlier held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in May for a first batch of coastal countries. Both workshops were organised based on official languages of the countries. Welcoming participants...
17-Apr-2018

African Natural Resources Centre to host West Africa gas competence seminar

The African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank will host a high-level West Africa gas competence seminar in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on April 17-18, 2018. The seminar will highlight the transformative potential of natural gas for established and new gas producers in West Africa. Participants will discuss strategies to unlock the natural gas potential for domestic and regional markets. They will gain a better understanding of current downstream developments, conducive policy frameworks and market dynamics. The African Natural Resources Centre has produced a series...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests: Interview with Modibo Traore, Officer-in-Charge and Chief Natural Resources Management Officer at the African Natural Resources Centre

How does the International Day of Forests, March 21, align with the African Development Bank’s work in natural resources management and the Bank’s High 5 development priorities? The theme of the 2018 International Year of Forests is “Forests and sustainable cities.” It is about promoting cleaner, greener and healthier places to live. This aligns well with the High 5 priorities of the African Development Bank, especially in terms of “Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa.” Sustainable cities as a theme is opportune because it is estimated that six billion...
21-Mar-2018

Governance is key to boosting intra-Africa trade of timber products, says report by African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank

A new report by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank has stressed the importance of forestry governance to boosting intra-African trade of wood products. The report, Assessing forest law enforcement, governance and trade in Africa, was launched on 21 March, the International Day of Forests, which has as its theme this year, “Forests and sustainable cities.” According to the report, forestry contributes to the economic development, livelihoods and environmental sustainability of timber-exporting countries, mostly in Central Africa and...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests: Interview with Modibo Traore, Officer-in-Charge and Chief Natural Resources Management Officer at the African Natural Resources Centre

How does the International Day of Forests, March 21, align with the African Development Bank’s work in natural resources management and the Bank’s High 5 development priorities? The theme of the 2018 International Year of Forests is “Forests and sustainable cities.” It is about promoting cleaner, greener and healthier places to live. This aligns well with the High 5 priorities of the African Development Bank, especially in terms of “Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa.” Sustainable cities as a theme is opportune because it is estimated that six billion...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests

On March 21, 2018, the world celebrates the International Day of Forests. It marks an occasion to shine the spotlight on the importance of sustaining and protecting woodlands and trees, which are vital to economies, livelihoods and environment. This year’s theme, ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities’, provides the platform to increase awareness on the role of forests in storing carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in urban areas. By 2035 about half of Africa’s population will be living in urban areas. This population trend presents considerable demands for...
04-Mar-2018

Partnerships are key to protecting the continent’s wildlife: African Development Bank joins international community to commemorate World Wildlife Day

The African Development Bank Group joined the international community to commemorate World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2018. On the occasion, we spoke with Anthony Nyong, the Bank’s Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, on what the African Development Bank is doing to protect one of the continent’s most precious resources: its wildlife. Our institution and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have partnered since 2011 on issues such as climate adaptation, mitigation, biodiversity and ecosystems. In what way has the African Development Bank concretely benefited from this partnership...
06-Dec-2017

High-level policy dialogue on natural resources value chains in the ECOWAS region

The African Natural Resources Center will host a workshop on value chain policies on select natural resources, namely iron ore, diamonds, natural gas and tilapia. The main objective of the High Level Policy Dialogue is to strengthen the capacity of RMCs to effectively design and implement competitive downstream policies for value addition and to enhance the ability of governments to negotiate with investors. Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources,  John Peter Amewu, will join a high-level panel at the opening of the workshop. This dialogue will also bring together...
02-Nov-2017

Four African States apply for Fisheries Transparency Initiative membership

Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and the Seychelles have informed the FiTI Secretariat of their desire to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). On the model of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), FiTI is a code of conduct involving States, civil society, development partners and operators in the fisheries sector that provides for the publication of all national legislation on and all contracts related to the fisheries sector. With the support of Peter Eigen, former president of Transparency International and an iconic EITI figure, a draft FiTI Charter was...
02-Nov-2017

AfDB encourages transparent governance of fisheries through the FiTI

"Eating fish caught by a vessel that is opaque about its catch often amounts to eating fish from activities related to forced labour, that have been used to provide cover for human trafficking and the transportation of drugs." Behind that warning made by Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria from 1999-2008, in an opinion piecepublished in October 2017 on the Monde Afrique website, lies the urgency to achieve transparent governance of African fisheries. After attempting to achieve this with national responses, African States are now engaged in a collective...
15-Sep-2017

11 West African Ministries explore practical policy tools to turn extractives into development outcomes

Natural resources make significant contributions to economic growth in most African countries. But how can countries turn extractives-driven growth into development outcomes? This was at the heart of a workshop co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) on September 7, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Thirty policy-makers from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria attended the workshop and discussed practical policy tools to help countries improve development outcomes derived from extractives. The sessions were...
30-Jun-2017

Indian Ocean Islands, East African countries collaborate to enhance responsible fisheries practices

Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa have come together to develop strategies to tackle illegal fishing and increase accountability in fisheries practices. For two days, representatives from the fishing industry, civil society, governments and fishing administrations from Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, met on Mahe Island, Seychelles, to discuss the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a global initiative to tackle illegal fishing. African countries are particularly vulnerable to overfishing and depletion of...
29-Mar-2017

AfDB’s Amani Abou-Zeid elected African Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy

The African Development Bank top Executive in charge of the African Natural Resources Center Amani Abou-Zeid was elected African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the latest AU Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, among a total of eight commissioners. Abou-Zeid, an Egyptian national, brings to the role a strong technical background and extensive regional and international expertise in development working for the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNDP and USAID, with a focus on infrastructure and energy programs. She emerged victorious among five candidates from...
20-Feb-2017

AfDB engages governments and policy-makers at Investing in African Mining Indaba

The Investing in African Mining Indaba, one of the world’s largest mining conference, wrapped up on 9 February, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa with the African Development Bank playing a key role in helping to shape the continent’s future in the sector. This year, the Bank, which is one of the  major sponsors of the event, hosted three key sessions to help improve African governments’ knowledge and skills in the global mining sector. In addition to the sessions, the Bank also participated in a panel addressing the challenges of artisanal and small scale mining to ensure it...
07-Feb-2017

AfDB shares insights to better bargaining at the negotiation table

At the ongoing Indaba: Investing in African Mining conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) held its maiden session as a presentation on its knowledge tool on support to negotiations followed by a panel discussion with experts and political leaders, on February 6 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. In addition to the Bank representatives, the two-hour session attracted private sector and government representatives, including Jean-Claude Brou, Minister of Mines and Industry for Côte d’Ivoire; Addi Azza, an Adviser to the Minister of Mines,...
06-Feb-2017

AfDB at Mining Indaba: Helping African countries get a better deal

The African Development Bank is playing a key role in Mining Indaba, the world’s largest mining investment conference, which takes place from February 6-9, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Bank will bring together Ministers, mining sector experts and decision-makers from multilaterals in a number of workshops designed to help countries position themselves as investment destinations while making the most out of mining projects on the continent. On Monday February 6, the AfDB’s African Natural Resources Center (the Center) and African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) kicks off the Bank’s co...