Human Capital Development

09-Aug-2019

Djibouti - Education Project II - Project Completion Report

To date, the Bank has financed two projects in Djibouti’s education sector for a total of UA 22.442 million. The Bank’s assistance focused mainly on strengthening primary and secondary education and increasing the literacy rate among women. The first ADF project (the Industrial and Commercial High School) was approved in August 1989. Since then, the Government has continued to make efforts to strengthen the country’s education system. The project that this completion report deals with was designed to raise the standard of primary and secondary education, improve training for trainers,...
13-May-2019

Economic Brief - Health in Africa Over the Next 50 Years

The health landscape has transformed dramatically since the independence of African countries about 50 years ago, and this is expected to continue as the continent progresses over the next half-century. Africa has made considerable headway in improving the health outcomes of its populations, in spite of the challenges posed by pervasive poverty, epidemic diseases, and food insecurity. The traditional communicable diseases of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis remain the main drivers of mortality. Concomitantly, chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer –...
13-May-2019

Economic Brief - Accelerating the AfDB’s Response to the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Africa

This paper was prepared as a background paper for the Joint Youth Employment Initiative for Africa which was launched in 2011 by the AfDB, African Union, ILO and UNECA. The objective of this initiative is to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in addressing the growing youth unemployment crisis in Africa. This paper was primarily a response to: (i) the Board’s concerns on high unemployment in the continent, particularly among the youth (ii) the need for a coherent Bank perspective for the high-level seminar on “youth unemployment and inclusive growth” at the 2011 annual meetings...
29-Apr-2019

African Development Bank calls for urgent global response as second cyclone hits Southern Africa

The African Development Bank has called for urgent global action in the wake of a second cyclone to hit the southern Africa coastal region in six weeks.  According to Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, “we must have concerted international cooperation to establish management systems and responses to combat natural disaster.” Cyclone Kenneth is also the most extreme tropical tornado to hit Mozambique in the last 60 years, according to official records. “Timely intervention of national, regional and international actors and stakeholders are crucial when disaster strikes. Increasingly...
24-Apr-2019

Malawi: African Development Bank boosts cyclone response with emergency relief package and measures to combat climate change

Malawi’s recovery and reconstruction plans in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai has received a boost from the African Development Bank, which is supporting the country with an emergency relief package and measures to combat the effect of climate change in the Southern African region.  Mateus Magala, the Bank’s Vice President for Corporate Services and Human Resources, led a delegation to Lilongwe this week, to discuss the institution’s intervention plans with public and civil society officials in Malawi. Magala had meetings with government officials in Lilongwe, including Hon. Goodall...
15-Apr-2019

African Development Bank leads reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in aftermath of deadly cyclone

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 classrooms were destroyed, and children thrown out of school. In the aftermath...
08-Apr-2019

EOI – Consultant - Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program Coordinator - AHHD

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to under go post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa...
08-Apr-2019

World Health Day 2019: African Development Bank joins the global call for universal health coverage for all

On the occasion of World Health Day 2019, the African Development Bank Group is renewing its call for firmer commitment to pledges made by countries for universal health coverage for all individuals and communities. In a statement issued Sunday 7 April 2019, Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at the Bank said: “The Bank supports national efforts to accelerate investments in Universal Health Coverage. It recognizes that inclusive economic growth must be accompanied by strong efforts to improve equitable access to care for vulnerable...
04-Apr-2019

Mauritius: African Development Bank power station renovation improves energy production, air quality

The refurbishment of the old Saint Louis power station has brought a breath of fresh air to  those working at and living in the north west of Mauritius. Renovation of the machinery has addressed the electricity supply shortages, thanks to financial assistance from the African Development Bank. For years, the power station, the country’s main electricity production plant, located in the southern periphery of Camp Chapelon, flooded the town’s 1,500 inhabitants and 2,000 workers with noisy and gaseous emissions, leading to discomfort and ill health. Thanks to the renovation which...
26-Mar-2019

Africa Investment Forum: Partners reaffirm commitment to close Africa’s infrastructure gap

The African Development Bank, heads of 34 leading financial institutions covering Africa and other partners of the Africa Investment Forum reaffirmed their commitment to “scale up, speed up, and synergize” efforts to deliver transformative projects across the continent. The meeting was also attended by lead partners of the Africa Investment Forum: African Export-Import Bank, Africa50, Trade Development Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, Africa Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank, and Islamic Development Bank. Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Southern Africa,...
22-Mar-2019

Côte d’Ivoire : la Banque africaine de développement va accompagner le programme social du gouvernement à hauteur de 283 milliards de Francs CFA

Une délégation de la Banque africaine de développement, conduite par son président Akinwumi Adesina, a rencontré, aujourd’hui à Abidjan, le Premier ministre ivoirien, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, pour échanger sur le programme social mis en place par le gouvernement de Côte d’Ivoire (PSGouv) pour la période 2019-2021. Ce programme, que l’Etat de Côte d’Ivoire souhaite exécuter dans des délais optimaux, couvre les domaines de la santé et de la protection sociale, de l’éducation, de l’accès aux biens de première nécessité, du bien-être en milieu rural, de la lutte contre le sida, de l’emploi et de...
08-Mar-2019

International Women’s Day 2019: African Development Bank kicks off month-long celebration with women’s entrepreneurship awards

“Think equal, build smart, innovate for change, ” is the global theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. As one of its core priorities, the African Development Bank is promoting women’s entrepreneurship and innovation across the continent. In Abidjan, today, more than 100 women entrepreneurs from Cote d’Ivoire assembled at the Bank’s headquarters for a closing ceremony, following their participation in master classes in business model development and financial planning earlier this year. The classes were organized by the Bank’s AFAWA (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in...
05-Mar-2019

Interview avec Mme Bineta Ba-Diagne, économiste en santé en chef, BAD, à l’occasion de la Journée africaine de lutte contre le paludisme (25 avril 2009)

« En Afrique au Sud du Sahara, le paludisme est la principale cause de mortalité chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans et constitue la principale menace chez les femmes enceintes et leurs futurs nouveaux nés…La Banque n’est pas en reste et a toujours appuyé ses pays membres régionaux (PMR) dans cette lutte contre le paludisme à travers des projets nationaux et multinationaux » Question : Comment appréciez-vous,  d'une part, l’impact de ce fléau sur le continent et d’autre part,  les efforts déployés, par les parties prenantes, dont la BAD, dans ce combat ?     Réponse...
14-Feb-2019

South Africa hosts first-ever Africa Continental Play-based Learning Conference

Ensuring that the children of Africa are adequately prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21stcentury, as defined by its fast-paced social, economic and technological change, requires the re-thinking and re-imagining of traditional approaches to learning. An education system that supports the development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity will be crucial for success. A growing body of research is pointing to play-based learning as a key means of improving children’s academic performance and personal development. From infancy, children have a...
24-Jan-2019

Malawi - Shire Valley Transformation Program – Phase 1 (SVTP-1) - Appraisal Report

The Shire Valley Transformation Program (SVTP) will be implemented in Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts south of Malawi. The program development objective for the Shire Valley Transformation Program is to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization for targeted households in the Shire Valley, and to improve the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. The project development objective for SVTP-1 is to provide access to reliable gravity fed irrigation and drainage services, secure land tenure for smallholder farmers and strengthened management of wetlands and...
15-Jan-2019

Project Summary Note - Partech Africa Fund

Partech Africa Fund is a Venture Capital Fund dedicated to investing in tech-enabled, innovative, high growth potential and talented entrepreneurs operating early stage companies and applying relevant technologies to address fundamental market constraints with potential to scale across the continent. It focuses on i) financial inclusion (fintech, insurtech, pay as you go, off-grid energy) ii) online and mobile consumers; and iii) more broadly on tech adoption in enterprises especially in industry, education, logistics and transport, health, and agriculture value chain applications
11-Jan-2019

Seychelles launches new HR policy and strategy 2018-2022

On 18th December, 2018, at a ceremony attended by some 80 participants, the Government of Seychelles launched a 5-year Policy and Strategy on Human Resources Development (HRD) to support its Sustainable Development Strategy. The Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, Honorable Jeanne Simeon, and Chairperson of the Agency for National Human Resource Development Board (ANHRD), Mr. John Stravens, delivered speeches on the state of education, skills development and the role of the private sector in Seychelles. The African Development Bank has...
14-Dec-2018

Mali - Project for the economic empowerment of women in the shea butter subsector (PAEFFK) – Appraisal report

The Shea Butter Subsector offers the greatest potential for increasing incomes, reducing gender and development inequalities and ensuring inclusive growth in southern, central and western Mali. The Government of Mali has therefore requested financial support from the Bank to implement the Project for the Empowerment of Women in the Shea Butter Subsector (PAEFFK), especially in the Segou, Sikasso, Kayes and Koulikoro regions, where some 50,000 women belong to 400 cooperative associations working in the subsector, most of which are informal. The Project aims to increase women’s income and...
10-Dec-2018

L’état des villes africaines 2018

La Banque africaine de développement annonce la publication « L’état des villes africaines 2018, la géographie de l’investissement africain », un grand rapport produit par ONU Habitat en collaboration avec la Banque et le département britannique du développement (DfID). L’état des villes africaines entend éclairer les décideurs politiques africains, surtout au niveau des collectivités locales, afin de leur permettre de saisir les nombreuses opportunités d’investissement et de croissance. Dans un monde où les multinationales et les IED (investissements...
05-Dec-2018

Ghana : La « féminisation de la pauvreté » contredite par l’impact du Tarif extérieur commun

Emmanuel Orkoh, économiste chercheur, présentait mardi 4 décembre à Kigali, au Rwanda, un exposé sur Les effets du bien-être sur le genre découlant de l’intégration du commerce régional sur les ménages au Ghana, dans le cadre de la 13e Conférence économique africaine (AEC) 2018. En 2015, les pays membres de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), dont le Ghana, ont convenu de mettre en œuvre un Tarif extérieur commun (TEC), afin d’harmoniser leur structure tarifaire et de favoriser le commerce régional et la croissance économique. Ce nouveau système...