Gender

18-Oct-2019

2019 Global Gender Summit plans to tackle the constraints to gender equality

Rwanda is preparing to welcome women from all over the world for the first Global Gender Summit to be held in Africa. At a press conference on 18 October in the capital Kigali, the organizers laid out plans for the event. “We believe that GGS 2019 will be an opportunity to share best practices from all participants so that we accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa and around the world,” said Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana. The Global Gender Summit is a biennial event organized by the multilateral development...
14-Oct-2019

La Banque Africaine de Développement organise le lancement de la Masterclass Fashionomics Africa

Quoi :             lancement de la Masterclass Fashionomics Africa Quand :          Du 16 au 17 octobre 2019 Qui :               La Banque Africaine de Développement, Département du Genre, Femmes et Société civile Lieu :              i-Hub, Cocody, Riviera 3, Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire Heures :         16 octobre : de...
03-Oct-2019

UNGA 2019: African Development Bank announces new accountability index to measure institutional lending to women

A new tool to track the level of lending to women across the continent will be important for ensuring women get the critical financial help they need, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina told attendees at a public event held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The Women’s Financing Index, currently under development, will rate banks and financial institutions who apply for loans from the African Development Bank, against the amounts they have lent or are lending to women, Adesina said right before the start of panel discussions organized by the Initiative for...
27-Sep-2019

UNGA 2019: Hands off our girls! African first ladies take campaign against rape, early child marriage, to UN General Assembly

Africa’s first ladies, led by Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio brought their campaign to ban early child marriage and sexual violence against women and girls before a global stage in a passionate appeal for the world to support their “Hands Off Our Girls! Campaign. In a no-holds barred conversation organized on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Wednesday, Bio flanked by her husband President Julius Bio, spoke to “lift the lid of silence” taboo and stigma surrounding rape and early marriage in Sierra Leone and other parts of the continent. The high-level meeting was organised to...
25-Sep-2019

UNGA 2019: Women are “Africa’s tigers” says Congolese First Lady as African Development Bank touts $3bn fund

African women are on the cusp of securing gender equality. “We are convinced that the moment for African women has now come,” said Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, the First Lady of the Republic of Congo. Nguesso made the remarks on Tuesday at a meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “The tiger doesn’t claim its tigerhood, and it has to act like a tiger,” Nguesso, president of OAFLAD, said in French via an interpreter. “I urge all African women … to make sure that by 2030, we will obtain for all African...
16-Sep-2019

Global Gender Summit

WHO: African Development Bank and the Republic of Rwanda                      WHAT: Global Gender Summit DATE: 25-27 November 2019 VENUE: Kigali Convention Centre – Kigali, Rwanda THEME: Unpacking constraints to gender equality   The African Development Bank and the Republic of Rwanda are pleased to announce that the next Global Gender Summit will take place 25 – 27 November 2019, at the Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda. The Global Gender Summit is...
30-Aug-2019

TICAD7: Invest in Africa’s food markets to win the war on hunger and boost nutrition – African Development Bank

Yokohama, Japan 30 August 2019 – By investing in Africa’s food markets, governments can win the fight against stunting and improve nutrition across the continent. And with support from institutions like the African Development Bank, the results would be a win-win situation for all. “What a huge potential the food markets represent. “Feed Africa,” which is one of the Bank’s High 5 priorities, has nutrition at its core,” Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke said Thursday at a panel discussion on day two of the 7th Tokyo International Conference...
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...