Fragility & Resilience

16-Feb-2016

New report urges Africa to address fragility through natural resources management

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Washington-based Environmental Law Institute (ELI) have produced a new report on natural resources management in fragile and conflict-affected countries. This flagship report examines how African countries in fragile situations can work towards addressing the causes and drivers of fragility by better managing natural resources across sectors. The report, From Fragility to Resilience: Managing Natural Resources in Fragile Situations in Africa, delves into cross-cutting issues such as climate change, governance, private sector, regional...
15-Feb-2016

From Fragility to Resilience - Managing Natural Resources in Fragile States in Africa

Sustainable natural resource management has the potential to transform economies of resource-rich countries in Africa. Envisioning the future of economic growth in Africa, the African Development Bank is focusing on equity, inclusiveness, the preservation of natural capital, and the creation of decent jobs, especially for youth and women. Almost all states in extreme fragile situations have abundant natural resources that can serve as a foundation for employment and macroeconomic development; however, these states often lack the capacity to effectively transform those resources into sustained...
15-Feb-2016

From Fragility to Resilience - Managing Natural Resources in Fragile States in Africa - Summary Report

This report was made possible through the effort and dedication of a multitude of individuals within the African Development Bank (the Bank), the Environmental Law Institute, and several state governments in fragile situations, development partners, civil society organizations, and private sector institutions. The findings of this report were based on desk research that was enriched through interviews of more than 130 people representing Bank staff from a broad range of departments and units, as well as external development partners, implementing partners, state governments in fragile...
15-Feb-2016

Statement by Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, to the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, 11 February 2016

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for accepting our invitation to join us for this annual gathering. It is a valued tradition of the African Development Bank Group that, at the beginning of each New Year, we invite the diplomatic community and the international institutions to lunch. As we wish you all the best for the year ahead, it is a chance for us all to talk about Africa, and about the African Development Bank. Traditionally, we exchange views after lunch, and I will truly welcome all of your comments, as well as those of members of the press who are with us...
29-Jan-2016

Burundian refugees to benefit from $1 million AfDB emergency assistance

The Government of Rwanda and the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, signed a US $1-million (RWF 753-million) emergency assistance grant to Burundian refugees in Rwanda. The main objective of the assistance is to respond to the urgent and immediate need of procuring sufficient wood to meet domestic needs of refugees and to increase the usage of energy-efficient charcoal stoves to reduce deforestation. “The increased refugee population, currently estimated at 148,000, and their demand for firewood has put a lot of pressure on the country’s environment and...
12-Jan-2016

AfDB and Government of Sudan launch US $26-million Water Sector Reform for West Kordofan State

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Sudan launched the US $26-million Water Sector Reforms and Institutional Capacity Development project, which will benefit West Kordofan State and some federal water sector institutions. The project is funded with an AfDB grant of US $22 million over the next five years, financed from the Bank’s Transitional Support Facility and its Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative. The event was presided over by the Director of Drinking Water and Sanitation Unit (DWSU) at the Ministry of Water Resources and the...
11-Jan-2016

Taking AfDB’s development impact to scale in fragile situations

It is widely recognized that Africa is the continent most affected by issues of fragility that threaten to slow and even reverse development prospects of countries and entire regions. Prospects for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa seem limited, if we don’t address fragility. At the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), we have come to recognize that issues of fragility vary across countries, and the costs are not limited to individual countries, but are borne by entire regions. Continuing patterns of exclusion and poverty, unemployment, high migration and refugee...
09-Dec-2015

AfDB approves US $53 million for water in Zimbabwe and financial reform in Chad

Zimbabwe and Chad will benefit from combined grants amounting to US $53.24 million approved by Executive Directors of the African Development Bank Group on Wednesday, December 9, for the funding of a water project and a financial reform programme, respectively. Zimbabwe – US $34.93 million for Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project The Board approved US $34.93 million for Bulawayo’s Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP), which aims to ameliorate the health and social well-being of the people in Bulawayo, the second most populous city in Zimbabwe...
07-Dec-2015

AfDB launches Development Effectiveness Review on Sierra Leone

The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched its Development Effectiveness Review 2015 on Sierra Leone on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in Freetown. The Development Effectiveness Review 2015 for Sierra Leone provides a comprehensive report on the Bank’s performance in the country and tracks how the Bank’s operations have contributed to Sierra Leone’s development results. The review also assesses how the Bank has performed as an organisation with a presence in Sierra Leone. The publication shows Sierra Leone’s achievements over its post-conflict transition. “Sierra...
03-Dec-2015

The Great Green Wall is helping African countries to mitigate climate change

Stronger partnerships, sound national policies, more funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation, research, community involvement and sensitization are key to realizing the goals of the Great Green Wall initiative in Africa. The initiative, a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from West to East intends to fight desertification. The project, which began five years ago, aims to tackle poverty and degradation of soils in the Sahel-Saharan region, on the 8,000-kilometre-long strip of land stretching from Dakar to Djibouti.   Speakers at COP21during the debate...
03-Dec-2015

Lake Chad, a living example of the devastation climate change is wreaking on Africa

African Governments, especially those of the Lake Chad Basin region, want to secure the future of the precious but dwindling water body. The officials and experts have expressed the need for adaptation actions as a priority to save the lake and the lives of the over 20 million people living in the area. At the presentation of a new plan of action to revive the lake at the COP21 climate summit in Paris on December 2, members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission said the local economy of the people in the region depended on the lake activities such as fishing, agriculture and pastoralism in...
02-Dec-2015

AfDB launches brainstorming series on Fragility, Resilience and the High 5s

On Tuesday, December 1, the Transition Support Department of the African Development Bank launched a Brainstorming Series on Fragility, Resilience and the High 5s for Africa at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan. The High 5s are priorities intended to accelerate the implementation of the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy. Specifically, the goals are to: Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for African people. In the line with the 2014-2019 Strategy for “Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa”, the objective of...
27-Nov-2015

Transport in Africa viewed through the lens of fragility

Although government policy-makers and their development partners both recognize the importance of investing in infrastructure and using a fragility lens when making broad policy decisions, there has been little attempt to systematically integrate thinking about fragility into investments in roads. Day 1 of the African Development Bank Transport Forum in Abidjan offered a discussion on the importance of roads to political stability, social cohesion, and institution-building, and, through these conduits, to the reduction of state fragility. The session, “Sustainability - Inclusive...
26-Nov-2015

AfDB and Government of Sudan launch drought resilience and sustainable livelihood program for three states

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Sudan, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), launched, on Monday, November 22, the Sudan component of Phase II of the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Program for the Horn of Africa (DRSLP-II). The Sudan component of the DRSLP-II is financed with USD 30 million from the Bank’s Regional Operations Window, approved in two successive grants. It is the second phase of the Bank’s long-term drought resilience program in 8 countries in the Horn of Africa including Sudan,...
24-Nov-2015

La BAD octroi un don de 7,61 millions d’euros en financement de l’appui institutionnel aux Comores

Le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé, le 19 décembre 2015, en faveur de l’Union des Comores, un don destiné au financement du Projet de renforcement des capacités institutionnelles (PRCI) Phase II. Le PRCI Phase II, qui sera exécuté de décembre 2015 à avril 2019, va accompagner le pays dans son processus de sortie graduelle de la situation de fragilité. Il permettra également de poursuivre le processus d’amélioration de la gestion des finances publiques que la Banque a soutenu à travers le PRCI Phase I, qui s’est achevé en octobre 2015, et a contribué à la...
19-Nov-2015

Deputies welcome progress in implementing the 13th replenishment of African Development Fund

The work under African Development Fund’s 13th replenishment (ADF-13) is on track and on target: this was the collective message when ADF Deputies and AfDB Group Senior Management convened in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from November 11 to 13, 2015 to review its progress half-way through its implementation. They were joined at this Mid-Term Review by representatives from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Malawi – all ADF-eligible borrowing countries – as well as observers from other International Financial Institutions such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. In his opening remarks, AfDB...
11-Nov-2015

Mid-Term Review of the 13th African Development Fund (ADF-13)

The Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the 13th African Development Fund (ADF-13) is taking place from November 11-13, 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The African Development Fund is the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, which contributes to poverty reduction and economic and social development in low-income African countries. It was established in 1972 and became operational in 1974. The Fund helps to improve the lives of millions of people across Africa through loans and grants to projects and programmes. In 2013, participants agreed on a replenishment amount of USD...
23-Oct-2015

AfDB approves a $ 33.3-million Regional Post Ebola Recovery Social Investment Fund

On October 21, 2015, the African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) Board of Executive Directors approved a US $33.3-million grant to set up a Post Ebola Recovery Social Investment Fund (PERSIF) intended to support the implementation of the National Post Ebola Recovery strategies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Whilst the Governments of the three countries have been able to contain the outbreak, Ebola still remains a serious risk for the region. Three new confirmed cases of Ebola were reported last week in Guinea, according to the latest situation report from the World Health...
22-Oct-2015

AfDB hosts “Africa Workshop” to refine the OECD “States of Fragility” model

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Transition Support Department co-hosted a workshop with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on October 19, 2015. The event was part of a series of consultative workshops by the OECD, to refine the concept and dimensions of a new model of fragility, in preparation for the “States of Fragility Report 2016”. The “Africa Workshop” was held at the Bank’s premises in Abidjan. It follows the first of these workshops which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in Berlin on...
01-Jun-2015

AfDB hosts launch of New Deal Monitoring Report

The Transition Support Department (ORTS) of the African Development Bank kicked off Day 1 of the Bank’s 2015 Annual Meetings on Monday, May 25 by hosting the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding’s (IDPS) 2014 New Deal Monitoring Report (NDMR) launch. The IDPS was created in 2008 to provide a platform on which countries facing fragility could have an equal voice with development partners in setting the peace-building and state-building agenda.  The International Dialogue subsequently launched the “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” (New Deal) in 2011,...