Youth

18-Oct-2019

World Food Prize and World Hunger Fighters Foundation launch fellowship for young African agribusiness innovators

The World Food Prize Foundation and the newly launched World Hunger Fighters Foundation are partnering to provide year-long fellowships for young African food innovators and entrepreneurs. The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans to develop new technologies, champion public policy, and develop viable businesses in the field of agriculture. The young leaders will gain experience in international agriculture research centres, including food and agribusiness companies. Felix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of...
17-Oct-2019

Prepare for the agriculture of tomorrow, African Development Bank President challenges high school students at global symposium

Young people from around the world gathered in Des Moines Iowa at the Global Youth Institute on Thursday to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates. This year, 450 exceptional high school students from 10 countries attended the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation to facilitate discussion on pressing food security and agricultural issues. The director of youth leadership development at the World Food Prize Foundation, Kelsey Tyrrell, told the young audience that African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina had been invited because...
17-Oct-2019

Creating Africa’s next generation of development experts: African Development Bank calls on young professionals to join its ranks

The African Development Bank has issued a call to young people who are interested in joining the continent’s premier finance institution. The Bank has opened applications for its Young Professionals Program, which offers a unique opportunity to young people with a passion for development to participate in offering lasting solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. At a lunch held Wednesday at which the current batch of YPPs were invited to share their feedback, Senior Vice President Charles Boamah made it clear that he valued the input of the young professionals. “We...
09-Oct-2019

Maroc : la Banque africaine de développement soutient l’entreprenariat des jeunes et l’innovation

La Banque africaine de développement a pris part à l’édition 2019 des rencontres « Innovation et Jeunesse » qui se sont tenues du 30 septembre au 4 octobre derniers. Un évènement organisé conjointement par le ministère marocain de la Jeunesse et des Sports, le ministère danois des Affaires étrangères et le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD). L’objectif de cette rencontre était de permettre aux jeunes entrepreneurs d’apporter leur contribution aux chantiers de développement, notamment la promotion de l’innovation et du développement durable, la création d’...
26-Sep-2019

UNGA 2019: Young Africans will “produce the magic” says AU chief as the UN sounds warning on Sustainable Development Goals

Leaders should devise an “incentive structure” to promote a startup culture among young Africans. “I think they will produce the magic,” Albert Muchanga, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, told a gathering on infrastructure at the United Nations on Wednesday. Muchanga said colleagues were working to “harmonise our policies, rules and regulations” to smooth cross-border trade while focusing on the next generation. “We’re not leaving the youth behind. We’re promoting startups among African youth. Because we know that if we localise knowledge and innovation, then we’...
13-Sep-2019

Innovative thinking marks African Development Bank’s Africa jobs manifesto

Innovative thinking about Africa’s conventional employment issues is what marks the African Development Bank’s new policy research document “Creating Decent Jobs: Strategies, Policies, and Instruments,” participants heard at the report launch, held 12 September 2019. The report elicited strong presentations and a lively debate during the event which took place in the Babacar N’Diaye Auditorium at the Bank’s headquarters, attended by senior management, diplomats, staff, and media representatives. The Bank’s Senior Vice President Charles Boamah introduced the issue of employment as being...
06-Sep-2019

“Prospects for Africa” great as new spaces open up for Tunisia’s youth in industry

Smartly dressed Maroua Khemiri is ready to start a busy day. The young engineer has secured a contract with Eleonetech in Tunisia, an electro-mechanical firm that specialises in producing cables and electronic assembly. Having risen through the ranks to become the first female project manager at the electro-mechanical firm, Khemiri’s achievement as a female engineer in this part of North Africa is rare, especially in the industrial sector. “After I finished my studies, I was struggling to find a job. It was frustrating, to the point that I thought about leaving the country. Today, I’m a...
21-Aug-2019

SPN - Mozambique - Supply of Agriculture Inputs in the provinces of Sofala and Zambézia

This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that appeared in UNDB online of 30/11/2018 and on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website. The Government of Mozambique received a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF) in various currencies towards the cost of the “Agricultural Value Chain and Youth Empowerment Project - AVACYEP”. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this grant will be applied to eligible payments under the contract for the supply of Agriculture Inputs. The Directorate of Planning and International Cooperation...
20-Aug-2019

Creating decent jobs - Strategies, policies, and instruments

This report is the product of the Vice-Presidency for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management. It is part of a larger effort by the African Development Bank Group to promote knowledge and learning, share ideas, provide open access to its research, and make a contribution to development policy. This report brings together some of the world’s leading labor and development economists to provide specific policy recommendations for creating decent jobs.
19-Aug-2019

AMI - Côte d'Ivoire - Recrutement d’un bureau d’études charge de la formulation et de la préparation du projet incluant l’étude d’employabilité des jeunes dans le secteur agricole - Enable Youth Côte d’Ivoire

Le Gouvernement de la République de Côte d’Ivoire a reçu une avance au titre du mécanisme de financement de la préparation des projets (PPF) du Fonds africain de développement en vue de préparer le Projet d’emploi des jeunes en Agribusiness en Côte d’Ivoire (Enable Youth Côte d’Ivoire). Il a l’intention, à ce titre, d’utiliser une partie des sommes accordées pour financer le contrat de formulation et de préparation du Projet, incluant l’étude d’employabilité des jeunes dans le secteur agricole et du mécanisme de financement des projets et la mise en place de centres d’incubation.
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,...
26-Jul-2019

Nigeria: Africa’s leaders, business champions in Abuja to chart a new course for the continent’s youth

Abuja, Nigeria, 26 July 2019 – Some of Africa’s most prominent leaders in business, politics and development are gathering this weekend to chart a course for the continent’s youth. The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum is a global flagship event that has attracted world business leaders and renowned entrepreneurs to the Nigerian political capital, Abuja. This is the fifth edition. African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina is participating in a panel discussion at the event, alongside Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Senegal’s Macky Sall and...
22-Jul-2019

Ashish J. Thakkar: Forget oil and gold. Young Africans are our greatest natural resource

 In line with its commitment to Africa’s youth, the African Development Bank established the Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG), a think tank for new, innovative ideas and financing instruments to support youth entrepreneurship and employment in Africa. PYAG is driven by a world-class team of forward-thinking, inspiring young and mid-career professionals, chaired by CEO of Mara Phones, Ashish J. Thakkar. In this interview, Ashish J. Thakkar talks about innovative ways to create jobs for Africa’s youth.       Tackling youth unemployment is a central...
27-Jun-2019

South Africa: Agripreneurs Forum welcomes young entrepreneurs and investors

The third African Youth Agripreneurs Forum and AgriPitch competition, a platform connecting sector start-ups with potential partners and financiers, has opened in Cape Town under the theme: “Climate Smart Agriculture: Business and Employment Opportunities for Africa’s Youth. The event is being organised by the African Development Bank, in partnership with the government of the Western Cape. The event has attracted over 200 participants from across the continent including youth agripreneurs, agribusiness companies, investors, environmentalists, academia, development partners and...
18-Jun-2019

Invitation to the African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) - 3rd Conference and AgriPitch Competition

The African Development Bank), in partnership with the Western Cape Government, is organizing the 3rd annual African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) Conference and AgriPitch Competition under the theme: Climate Smart Agriculture: Business and Employment Opportunities for Africa’s Youth. The AYAF serves as a platform for bringing together youth agripreneurs from across Africa and scaling up the scope and impact of their activities. The AYAF is an annual event of the African Development Bank’s Enable Youth Program and is expected to attract over 200 participants from across the...
22-May-2019

Brochure - Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. This is fueled by technological and digital advancement. In Africa, like in other parts of the world, digital innovation is disrupting the traditional economy and creating new avenues for technological breakthroughs. For instance, drone technology has made it easy to deliver blood to remote villages in East Africa to save lives. Africa has the fastest growing mobile phone market and across the continent mobile money is used in daily transactions by millions of previously unbanked and underserved Africans. In Nigeria, teenage girls are taking on...
22-May-2019

Brochure - Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-donor Trust Fund

In response to the youth unemployment and migration crisis, the African Development Bank adopted the Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy. Its objective is to create 25 million jobs and equip 50 million youth with employable and entrepreneurial skills by 2025. Since the adoption of the JfYA strategy in 2016 the Bank has invested over USD 20 billion in 318 projects that will impact youth directly on skills, entrepreneurship, business development and job creation in African countries.
21-May-2019

African Development Bank commissions value chain study into jewelry manufacturing 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

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...