Information & Communication Technology

10-Jul-2019

“Join Africa50 to lay the foundations for a more prosperous Africa,” African Development Bank urges

KIGALI, Rwanda 10 July, 2019 – African governments must explore innovative technologies to drive transformation on the continent, board members at Africa50’s General Shareholders Meeting, held in Kigali heard on Wednesday. Prime Minister of Rwanda Edouard Ngirente made the call at the opening of the shareholders meeting. “Let’s explore these digital opportunities to move our continent forward,” the prime minister said. Africa50 is an innovative fund for developing and financing African infrastructure, funded by the African Development Bank, African governments and private and...
23-May-2019

The African Development Bank Group Policy on Disclosure of Information - Into effect since October 2005

In December, 1997, the Boards of Directors approved a policy for Public Disclosure of Information which established the procedures and the types of information for disclosure in the absence of compelling reasons for confidentiality. The Bank Group’s Policy on Disclosure of Information became effective in 1998. The policy was based on the principle that the Bank Group should be open and transparent in its operations. The main lessons from the implementation of the 1997 policy is that many institutions, civil groups and individuals have come to understand, appreciate and get involved in the...
17-May-2019

Trans-Sahara Optical Fibre Backbone Project

05-Apr-2019

“Coding must be compulsory, at all levels. The currency of the future is going to be coding…We must democratize technology,” Adesina tells Mo Ibrahim Governance Week

African Development Bank President Adesina, on Friday, pleaded for Africans to embrace technology, and governments to urgently move away from “investing in the jobs of the past, but rather in the jobs of the future. A future that is just around the corner.” Adesina was addressing a debate entitled: The New Tech Era: Job-killer or Job-creator? organised by Africa Report and Jeune Afrique as part of the 2019 Mo Ibrahim Governance Week. The debate took place in the Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. “The people who control data, will control Africa. Coding must be...
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...
18-Mar-2019

Mozambique: African Development Bank, Portugal and Mozambique sign MOU for “Lusophone compact” to accelerate private sector development

The African Development Bank and the governments of Mozambique and Portugal have signed a Mozambique-specific Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the Lusophone Compact. The Lusophone Compact is a financing platform, involving the Bank, Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe, which provides risk mitigation, investment products and technical assistance to accelerate private sector development in Lusophone African countries. The signing which took place in Maputo, was witnessed by over 200 Mozambican and...
19-Dec-2018

African Development Bank: African Education Fund will boost innovation, economic transformation

The African Development Bank is keeping higher education, science and technology at the top of its development agenda as it backs a proposed African Education Fund (AEF) which seeks to provide strategic support for more efficient and effective education systems across Africa. The Bank reiterated its commitment to “bridging the current education funding gap and providing quality education in Africa” during a Science and Technology Summit of Heads of State, held in Malawi in November 2018. Bank representatives to the high–level meeting shared positive findings of a feasibility study into...
12-Oct-2018

Ghana: African Development Bank, technology stakeholders seek to bridge Africa’s digital gender gap

‘Unlocking Africa’s Digital Future’ was the theme of the 2018 Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology (#TechWomenAfrica) convened by the African Development Bank in collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation on 9 – 11 October 2018. Other co-sponsors of the summit were the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), Ghana’s Ministry of Communications, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the Internet Society, Facebook and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation, Germany. Over 250 participants attended the three-day summit, including Africa’s leading technology...
27-Jul-2018

Tunisia launches pilot project to use drones for data collection in agricultural sector

Tunisia and the African Development Bank have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection to enhance management of agricultural projects in the country. The project, to be implemented over the next ten months, would receive technical management and assistance from South Korea, Minister Zied Laadhari announced during the signing ceremony on Thursday July 26.   Laadhari, Tunisia’s Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, was joined by Park Jae-Min, Vice-Mayor of Busan City and Mohamed El Azizi, Director...
26-Jul-2018

Launch Ceremony of Tunisia Drone Project financed by KOAFEC Trust Fund

The Launching Ceremony of the Pilot Project on the Use of Drones in Agricultural Development Projects will be attended by Tunisia’s Minister of Development and International Cooperation and Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Vice Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, and the Director General of the Regional Office of the African Development Bank for North Africa, will also participate in the event. The pilot project on the use of UAVs in the preparation, supervision and evaluation phases of agricultural development projects in the...
06-Jun-2018

African Development Bank Launches Coding for Employment Program: Unleashing Africa’s Next Generation of Digital Innovators

The African Development Bank, together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. By training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers, this new Program prepares Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashes the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent. Coding for Employment will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across...
04-Jun-2018

Investing in smart technologies to power industrialization

Inspired by Korea’s successful, rapid industrialization, the World Bank and the African Development Bank have pledged to increase investments in education, in financing for innovative technologies, in science and technology laboratories, and in providing risk guarantees to support initiatives to propel Africa’s industrialization. These commitments were made at the High-Level Dialogue on Accelerating African Industrialization Vision, Experiments and Lessons at the 53rd African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea, that brought together political leaders from Africa and...
24-Apr-2018

Multilateral development banks present study on technology’s impact on jobs

Rapid technological progress provides a golden opportunity for emerging and developing economies to grow faster and attain higher levels of prosperity. However, some disruptive technologies could displace human labour, widen income inequality and contribute to greater informality in the workforce. Tapping new technologies in a way that maximizes benefits, mitigates adverse effects and shares benefits among all citizens will require public-private cooperation and smart public policy. That is one of the main conclusions of a new study, The Future of Work: Regional Perspectives, ...
18-Apr-2018

African Development Bank, African Institute of Mathematics and Science to transform industry-led research in Africa

The African Development Bank and the African Institute of Mathematics and Sciences (AIMS) have initiated a landmark relationship aimed at building an industry-led research institution in the league of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, led a delegation of the High-Level Advisory Council of AIMS to a meeting with the African Development Bank in Abidjan, where a 10-year partnership proposal was made to build mathematical and scientific capacity in Africa, strengthen industry linkages, and create a competitive industrial and innovative...
23-Feb-2018

African Development Bank supports Gabon's Optic Fiber Backbone Project

The African Development Bank  and the Gabonese National Agency for Numerical Infrastructure and Frequency (ANINF) have signed agreements a feasibility study for the country’s component of the Central African Backbone (CAB) project. The project is an integrated, innovative and transformative infrastructure which consist of completing the 901.8 km fiber optic connectivity to cover 14 missing links on the Gabonese national backbone.  The project will enhance regional integration in the Central Africa region through fiber optic infrastructure enabling cross-border interconnection...
16-Feb-2018

Strengthening Regional Collaboration on STI, Education & Research Networks in Africa

Scientific Research and Technology are expected to play a huge role in development and industrialization in the coming years. They are strategic to Africa’s industrialization and can enable the continent to leapfrog to the fourth industrial revolution. Strengthening regional collaboration on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) education and research networks was the subject of a panel discussion held on Sunday, 11 February 2018 at the Third Africa STI forum held in Cairo. Africa has several distinguished research centers and regional specialized facilities funded by a number of...
13-Feb-2018

African Development Bank, Egyptian Government push for a new Africa driven by innovation

“We are literally in a race against time. In the context of the fourth industrial revolution, with rapid growth in artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and big data analytics, it’s clear that Africa needs to do more not to be left behind.” − Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are championing a new push for African countries to work together towards building a new Africa driven by innovation and...
09-Feb-2018

Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Forum opens in Egypt

The third edition of the 2018 Africa STI Forum, co-organized by the African Development Bank and the Egyptian Government, opens Saturday, February 10 in Cairo, Egypt. On February 10, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will attend the opening ceremony alongside the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. The theme of the 2018 edition – "Enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector and transforming Africa through science, technology and innovation...
09-Feb-2018

Science, technology and innovation policies must be inclusive, with women and girls at the centre

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the African Development Bank calls on African countries to make science, technology and innovation (STI) policies inclusive and to place women and girls at the centre of STI programmes. Celebrated each year on February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. The day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and...