Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

12-Dec-2017

One Planet Summit - Joint IDFC-MDB Statement - Together Major Development Finance Institutions Align Financial Flows with the Paris Agreement

The global development agenda is being transformed in fundamental ways. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed upon by the international community, constitute a universal compass, highlighting the need for systemic and collective action for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for everyone on this planet. The imperative for mobilizing and shifting financial flows, public and private, towards sustainable development was highlighted by the 2015 Addis-Ababa Financing for Development Conference. The Paris Agreement reached at COP21 recognized that all countries and...
06-Dec-2016

Continental validation meeting in Cairo paves the way for ADEA 2017 Triennale in Marrakech

On the occasion of the 2017 Continental Validation Meeting organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in partnership with the Republic of Egypt, the country’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ashraf El Shihy, highlighted the core role of ADEA in fostering education, training and development in Africa. The ADEA 2017 Triennale Continental Validation Meeting, which took place November 22 and 23, 2016 in Cairo, endorsed the results of the analytical work, online consultations and the five regional consultation meetings held,...
29-Sep-2015

An international effort to power Africa

Powerful alliances were made Monday when the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, shook hands, sealing a commitment to continue to work together to propel Africa to new level of energy sufficiency. The leaders bonded over their mutual desire to see the continent move from darkness to light during a luncheon for heads of state given by the United Nations Secretary General. President Obama’s Power Africa initiative is already working to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where...
28-Sep-2015

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015

2015 is a watershed year for global development discourse. It marks the winding down of the MDGs, and also the confluence of events which will shape the global development agenda for years to come: the recently concluded Sendai Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction; the Third International Conference on Financing for Development; the upcoming United Nations summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda in September; and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in December. These landmark events are ushering in new global agendas and defining their...
28-Sep-2015

After the MDGs, renewed commitment and financing required to spur Africa’s development

With advances made in their social indicators, African countries to focus on implementing the next generation of development goals Having made encouraging progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African countries have the opportunity to use the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals to tackle remaining challenges and achieve a development breakthrough, according to a report released in New York on Monday.   Leadership, innovation and targeted investments in a number of social sectors have led to transformative interventions and in many cases...
28-Sep-2015

From the MDGs to the SDGs: Africa at a crossroads

African decision-makers gather to take stock of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draw lessons for the next generation of Goals Decision-makers and a wide range of stakeholders from Africa will gather to discuss critical issues around the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). African countries have made significant progress on the MDGs, increasing the numbers of women in parliaments, reducing maternal, infant, and HIV-related deaths, and placing more children in primary schools. However, the continent is also characterized by unequal access to social...
25-Sep-2015

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held September 25-27, 2015 in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly. The process of arriving at the post-2015 development agenda has been member state-led with broad participation from major groups and other civil society stakeholders. The post-2015 agenda will provide a new global framework for all countries to better focus, coordinate and integrate their efforts as they work towards sustainable development, while eradicating poverty in all its forms...
18-Aug-2015

AfDB’s Africa Information Highway selected as one of the most innovative data initiatives in the world

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has selected the African Development Bank’s Africa Information Highway as one of the most innovative initiatives around the world to enable and inform the data revolution and post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal agenda. The announcement is a culmination of a project called “Informing a Data Revolution”, which was launched by PARIS21 in 2014 to identify the most innovative data initiatives to enable and inform the data revolution. Besides...
09-Apr-2015

OECD report on states of fragility echoes findings of AfDB High Level Panel report

The African Development Bank’s Transition Support Department (ORTS) hosted jointly with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the launching of the 2015 edition of the OECD report States of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions on Wednesday, April 8 in the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters. The report is in line with the findings of the Bank’s High Level Panel on Fragile States that was established in 2012 under the leadership of Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, which culminated in the report Ending conflict and building peace in...
20-Mar-2015

World Water Day 2015 - “Water and Sustainable Development”

In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22 “World Water Day”. For 22 years, the event has been marked globally each March 22 under a different theme. The theme for 2015 is “Water and Sustainable Development” and reflects the important role water plays in the future of the planet. This year’s World Water Day comes at a time when the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are being assessed and the international community defines new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the years 2016 to 2030. These SDGs will guide global efforts to protect and develop water resources...
02-Jul-2014

AU, AfDB Ink Agreement for Improved Access to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation for 5 Million People

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). The so-called “Kigali Action Plan” (KAP) aims to improve the livelihoods of five million people in 10...
04-Jun-2014

Investing in ICT-enabled hospitals

In recent years Africa has undergone an economic transformation characterized by continuous growth, an emerging middle class, a demographic dividend, technology takeoff and the prospects of prosperity and innovation. But with rising urbanization, an epidemiological transition, and a growing and aging population, the demand for hospital care will inevitably rise. Hospitals must evolve to meet the needs of the new Africa. Yet health systems are in crisis and Africa lacks the health infrastructure necessary to provide adequate levels of health care services. As a result, health care...
04-Jun-2014

A dynamic and skilled health workforce is key to universal health coverage

Achieving the health Millennium Development Goals in Africa requires training a dynamic and skilled health workforce. Most African countries suffer from considerable underfunding of the health sector, along with critical health workforce shortages, poor distribution and inadequate performance. Health sectors in Africa face serious challenges in producing, employing, incentivizing, motivating and managing results-based performance. Globally, Africa ranks the lowest in the availability of health personnel. In 2006, 36 of the 57 countries with critical shortages in health...
27-May-2014

Africa tipped on sound water management

Water security in Africa is compromised by a highly variable climate with significant annual variability, experts said during the session “Building Water Resilience” at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Kigali, Rwanda. The experts called on African governments to enhance the profile of water management planning processes. Mike Muller, Infrastructure Advisor of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, said that politics will not make it happen unless actions are taken to enhance the profile of water management planning processes. “If we manage our...
22-May-2014

Post-MDG programme targets economic inclusion in Africa

The African Development Bank 2013 Annual Report, published on May 21 in Kigali, states that Africa has made some progress towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly with regard to reductions in maternal and infant mortality, education for all and the improvement of gender equality. However, countries are turning to the post-MDG programme, which focuses on economic inclusion and structural transformation. In 2011, the Bank, the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations...
09-May-2014

Africa counts its blessings with AfDB’s statistical resources

The African Development Bank is much more than a source of funding for projects in Africa. It is also a knowledge institution and statistics are one of its important products. To that end, the Bank recently published four documents that are valuable sources of information for policymakers, civil servants, foreign aid donors, students, academics, international organizations, think-tanks or anyone in need of an economic fact or two about Africa. What’s more, all four are available free of charge. The Compendium of Statistics on Bank Group Operations 2014 tells a substantial part of...
24-Apr-2014

AfDB approves 18.74 billion CFA francs for Senegal’s Water and Sanitation Sector Project

Senegal will receive a combined African Development Fund loan and grant amounting to 18.74 billion CFA francs approved by the Fund’s Board on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Tunis, to finance the country’s Water and Sanitation Sector Project (PSEA). Senegal launched PSEA in 2005 as part of the Millennium Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM) to ensure the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The project comprises: A rural component designed to improve access to drinking water supply and sanitation for the people of the Louga,...
31-Mar-2014

African Union Commission and ADEA pledge collaboration to improve education as Africa’s young population booms

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely together on the development of education across the continent of Africa. The ceremony for the signing of the MoU took place in Tunis on March 24 at the African Development Bank, where ADEA is hosted. The two organizations will jointly develop and implement programs aimed at achieving Africa’s collective goals in education. The MoU focuses on continuing the implementation of strategies and programs in the key...
23-Jan-2014

Gender equality at the heart of Africa’s transformation: a vision and a strategy

The quest to establish genuinely equal opportunity for men and women – in both their contribution to and their benefits from Africa’s economic transformation – took a further step forward on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, when the Board of the African Development Bank Group approved its new Gender Strategy for the period 2014-2018. “This represents a major milestone for the Bank, and it puts in place one of the critical foundations for realizing the ‘Africa at 50’ and ‘post-2015’ development agendas,” said Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Bank’s newly appointed Special Envoy on Gender. “...
03-Dec-2013

AfDB Ten Year Strategy presented to Algerian officials and members of civil society

The African Development Bank (AfDB) held the Algeria country launch of its Ten Year Strategy for the period 2013-2022 on November 26 in Algiers. The document was acknowledged by participants in view of the commitments made to meet present challenges for the continent’s sustainable development. Government authorities along with representatives of civil society and the private sector recognized the private sector’s key role in making the strategy operational in Algeria. It was equally emphasized that the period covered by the strategy came at a crucial period when the country will call for a...