Gender

02-Aug-2019

Guinée : La Banque africaine de développement accompagne des Masterclass au profit de 100 femmes entrepreneures

Conakry (Guinée), le 1er août 2019 – Le Bureau de la Banque africaine de développement en Guinée, à travers le département Genre, Femmes et société civile a organisé du 24 au 29 juillet 2019 à Conakry, des Masterclass destinés à 100 femmes entrepreneures. La rencontre a porté sur la planification financière et l’élaboration de modèles d’affaires. Sélectionnée après un processus compétitif de candidature en ligne, la centaine de participantes a eu l’opportunité de se familiariser avec les meilleures pratiques en matière de développement des affaires, de planification et de gestion...
31-Jul-2019

African Development Bank’s support of electrification changes habits and lightens the load for Guineans

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 we can make more of our products,” she says. With a river network of 6,...
24-Jul-2019

Working Paper 317 - Women Self-Selection out of the Credit Market in Africa

Women are disproportionately disadvantaged in access to finance in Africa. While supply-side detriments, such as high interest rates and collateral requirements, are well documented in the literature, little is understood about how demand-side factors contribute to the observed gender gap in access to finance. This paper provides the first empirical evidence on how women managers’ perception about their creditworthiness contributes to the large gender gap in Africa, particularly in the Northern region. One of the innovations of the paper is introducing a theoretical model using the credit...
23-Jul-2019

Burkina Faso : La Banque africaine de développement accorde 36 millions de dollars au développement des chaînes de valeur au bénéfice de femmes rurales

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé le vendredi 19 juillet 2019 à Abidjan, un financement de 36,4 millions de dollars en faveur du Burkina Faso, pour la mise en œuvre du Projet d’aménagement et de valorisation de la plaine de la Léraba (PAVAL) au bénéfice de populations, en majorité des femmes. Le projet consiste en la valorisation des eaux du barrage de Niofila, permettant l’irrigation par les sillons (une technique d’irrigation) de 1 410 hectares et le développement de chaînes de valeur au niveau de la plaine de la Léraba. Son objectif...
10-Jul-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the First Ladies Meeting on Combatting Child Marriage and Promoting Education of Girls in West Africa, Niamey, Niger, 7th July 2019

Your Excellences, Heads of State and Governments of the ECOWAS Your Excellences, The First Ladies Distinguished Guests Ladies and gentlemen   I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Lala Malika MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU, First Lady of Niger, for inviting me to participate in this event. It is truly an honor. I am privileged to join this distinguished gathering. Allow me to commend Madam MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU for this initiative, and all the other First Ladies for their commitment in the fight against child marriage and their efforts to promote girls’ education and...
24-Jun-2019

African Development Bank hosts masterclass on women’s skills in business development

The fourth Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA)/Entreprenarium masterclass began Monday in Pretoria, South Africa, aimed at improving women’s skills in business development and financial management. 40 business women, who came through an online application process, will attend the two-day masterclass, which will cover financial planning, lean start-up methodology and business model canvassing. A mentoring and coaching session will help participants to broaden their skills. The masterclasses are jointly conducted by the African Development Bank Group and Entreprenarium, a...
18-Jun-2019

The African Development Bank, partners to host workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Policies in East Africa

WHO: African Development Bank and partners WHAT: Workshop for Eastern Africa policy-makers on “Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Policies, Plans and Strategies” WHERE: EKA Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya WHEN: 16-17 May 2019 The African Development Bank and its partners will host a two-day strategy workshop for policy makers from ten East African countries. The ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Policies, Plans and Strategies’ event will be held at EKA Hotel on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The training is part of a series of capacity building...
13-Jun-2019

Despite Challenges, Africa's Debt is still under control says African Development Bank

The African Development Bank remains strong with growing operating revenues and allocable income generated since 2010 reaching $2.5 billion, the Bank Group’s Treasurer, Hassatou Diop N'sele, stated on Thursday. In 2018, the Bank earned $214 million in allocable income, 48% of which has been reinvested in the institution to reinforce reserves and its business growth capacity. The bullish numbers were revealed during the Bank’s Financial presentation Thursday, a highlight of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the Bank currently underway in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The panel was led by N’sele...
21-May-2019

African Development Bank commissions value chain study into jewelry manufacturing and jobs for women and youth in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and the Republic of Guinea

The African Development Bank has commissioned a study into the contribution of the jewelry manufacturing industry and its potential for job creation for women and youth in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and the Republic of Guinea. The initial US $1.4-million project, will entail a value chain analysis study examining the sector’s contributions to value addition and job creation. It will be financed under the Bank’s Transition Support Facility and implemented over 24 months, in coordination with the relevant ministries and agencies in all three countries. The proposed project aims to create...
21-May-2019

Bank’s Lines of Credit help to deepen African financial systems, small projects blossom

The African Development Bank has since 1995 granted five loans totaling $700 million to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), a governmental financial institution with special focus on infrastructure expansion. The transactions have helped to deepen financial markets and buoyed local businesses. The Bank’s lines of credit enabled DBSA to finance some 20 private sector projects in eight countries, covering seven sectors (energy, industry, finance, tourism, telecoms, agriculture and infrastructure). The investments generated and sustained at least 40,000 jobs. “For nearly 25...
16-May-2019

Mali - 2012 - Profil du genre pays

En appui au gouvernement du Mali, la Banque initie l’élaboration du Profil Genre Pays (PGP) pour concrétiser son engagement à promouvoir l’égalité des sexes et aider le pays à atteindre ses objectifs en la matière. Le gouvernement malien accorde la priorité à la prise en compte des questions de genre dans le processus de développement, notamment à travers le Cadre Stratégique de Croissance et de Réduction de la Pauvreté (CSCRP) et le Document de Stratégie Pays (DSP). Les conclusions et recommandations du présent Profil Genre seront utilisées pour le dialogue pays et pour les opérations de la...
13-May-2019

Global partners announce $61.8 million allocation to boost African Development Bank initiative for women entrepreneurs

The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program. We-Fi is a partnership among 14 donor governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and private sector stakeholders, established in October 2017 and hosted by the World Bank Group. “This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women...
29-Apr-2019

Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative to Hold First-Ever Regional Summit in Cote d’Ivoire

WHO:   His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, United States Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham and other high-ranking officials WHAT:   Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Regional Summit WHERE:  Sofitel Abidjan-Hôtel Ivoire, Boulevard Hassan II, 08 BP 01, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire...
19-Apr-2019

‘My mother told me to dare.’ Inspiring stories from high-level African Development Bank women’s summit

Nafissa Hamidou Abdoulaye has been praised far and wide for her ground-breaking work in agriculture, but securing financing has been an uphill battle. That was until now. The African Development Bank has decided to jump in and support Abdoulaye, who has for the past five years self-financed her animal feed company Salma, which employs 10 people. Abdoulaye’s story inspired African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina after she spoke at the high-level regional summit of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on April 17, 2019. The...
17-Apr-2019

We-Fi Regional Summit Calls for Urgent Public and Private Sector Action to Support Women Entrepreneurs in West Africa

Heads of state, ministers, leaders of multilateral development banks, private sector executives, women entrepreneurs, and contributing governments of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) convened today at the first We-Fi Regional Summit to discuss concrete ways to strengthen support for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in West Africa. Attended by more than 400 public and private sector leaders from West Africa and other regions, the Summit was organized by We-Fi in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the World...
09-Apr-2019

African Development Bank President makes strong case for increased U.S. investment in Africa

Speaking at a high-level dialogue in Washington D.C. on the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF Spring meetings, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said “It is time to turn around the declining investments of the U.S. in Africa. As the world’s private sector leader, the United States has a unique role to play in increasing investments in Africa and expanding opportunities for the U.S. private sector". Acknowledging continued U.S. support for Africa, Adesina said “ Now is the time to scale up and take...
04-Apr-2019

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

[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 Covenant University, in Ogun State, Nigeria. The 160 women making up this cohort...
04-Apr-2019

African Development Bank and Microsoft launch All-female Coding training in Nigeria

One hundred and sixty young women have begun a  month-long coding class on two Nigerian campuses under a new programme to give African youth digital skills for the work force. The Coding for Employment programme, organised by the African Development Bank  and  Microsoft Philanthropies, prioritises young women who typically have been side-lined in the technology ecosystem. At  a  launch event held 25 March at Covenant University under the theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,  academics, women leaders in technology and tech start-up...
04-Apr-2019

African Development Bank and Microsoft launch All-female Coding training in Nigeria

One hundred and sixty young women have begun a  month-long coding class on two Nigerian campuses under a new programme to give African youth digital skills for the work force. The Coding for Employment programme, organised by the African Development Bank  and  Microsoft Philanthropies, prioritises young women who typically have been side-lined in the technology ecosystem. At  a  launch event held 25 March at Covenant University under the theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,  academics, women leaders in technology and tech start-up...
01-Apr-2019

African Development Bank advances gender equality in African procurement

Creating space for more women in the African procurement market was at the heart of a technical workshop organised last Thursday and Friday by the African Development Bank. The Bank is spearheading gender mainstreaming actions in procurement on the African continent. It held a technical workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, which agreed an action plan on implementing targets for the achievement of gender equality in Africa’s procurement sector and in the delivery of vital goods and services. The two main objectives of the workshop were to bring senior policy makers together with...