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30-Jan-2019 - The Desert to Power (DtP) Programme initiated in 2017 by the African Development Bank has a big and bold ambition: to light up and power the Sahel by building electricity generation capacity of 10 GW through photovoltaic (PV) solar systems via public, private, grid and off-grid projects by 2025, and consequently transform the industry, agriculture and economic fabric of the entire region...
How the African Development Bank and Korea are transforming African villages and boosting rural economies
17-Jul-2018 - Context Sylvie Zounon, a single mother of four children, received a $500 loan under the Saemaul Undong Model Village project and invested it in her tomato farm in Zatta Village in Côte d’Ivoire.
21-Jun-2018 - “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” says English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Both the government and people of Somalia, perhaps more than any other people around the world, would agree with this poem. Indeed, water is life. In Somalia, an arid nation in the Horn of Africa, lack of potable water and sanitation has historically been a challenge for urban and rural folks. Most of them have also had to endure famine and lingering effects of a battered economy...
02-May-2018 - Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is facing the familiar challenges of rapid urbanization, including transportation, housing, mobility, and the security of goods and people.
Bank interventions improve drought resilience and livelihoods for pastoral and agro-pastoral population in Sudan
26-Apr-2018 - Context Interventions by the African Development Bank have improved Natural Resource Management Practices for Sustainable Management. Objectives Objective What does the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP) seek to achieve?
Burkina Faso : le projet d’appui au développement de l’anacarde, un bel exemple de lutte contre la pauvreté et pour la protection de l’environnement
18-Apr-2018 - Le Burkina est un pays sahélien fortement dépendant des activités agricoles et pastorales. L’agriculture, l’élevage et les forêts représentent respectivement 25 %, 12 % et 3 % du produit intérieur brut. Selon une étude prospective du secteur forestier en Afrique menée par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) en 2001, le secteur agricole « occupe 86 % de la population active du pays et contribue pour près de 40 % à la formation du produit intérieur brut ».
Sierra Leone celebrates improved access to water and sanitation - The Three Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project
11-Apr-2018 - Context The project targets three major provincial cities: Bo, Kenema and Makeni. The water supply and sanitation schemes in these cities were built in the 1960s. The country’s civil war (1991-2002), coupled with population growth, led to severely dilapidated infrastructure. The three cities r host over 10% of the country’s population but access to safe drinking water averaged around 5% and there was a high incidence of water borne diseases.
19-Mar-2018 - Malawi’s vulnerability to the devastating impacts of climate change is caused by the country’s significant exposure to climate variability. Agriculture and rural livelihoods are highly sensitive to climatic change. They have very low adaptive capacity at the community and national levels. As a result, a wide range of climate-induced devastations have occurred in Malawi during the past 30 years, including flooding, late rains, and dry spells. These impact all regions in the country but vary depending on...
23-Feb-2018 - Projet emblématique du partenariat entre le Gabon et la Banque africaine de développement, l’appui que fournit celle-ci à la filiale gabonaise de la Société d’investissement pour l’agriculture tropicale (Siat-Gabon) conforte le secteur privé gabonais, renforce la volonté d’industrialisation du pays, contribue à la recherche de la sécurité alimentaire et améliore les conditions de vie des populations en créant des emplois et en leur fournissant un accès à l’électricité et aux soins de santé.
13-Feb-2018 - Tanzania has seen significant economic growth in recent years, thanks in part to support from the African Development Bank. The Small Entrepreneurs Loan Facility (SELF) financed by the Bank has provided a boost to the country’s rural entrepreneurs and has contributed to reducing poverty in the country, creating jobs and improving lives. The loan facility provides US $29 million support to entrepreneurs.
20-Oct-2017 - Although Africa represents 14% of the world's population, it currently has less than 3% of the world's telephone lines. Africa remains the world's least developed continent in telecommunications. International telecommunications connectivity across Eastern and Southern Africa was almost exclusively delivered via satellites. At present, about 90% of intra-African voice and data traffic is routed through Europe and North America at a cost of about US$600 million per year.
20-Oct-2017 - The booming construction activities in Ethiopia has led to the growth of the cement industry in the country. In 2011 Ethiopia imported around 1metric tons of cement. The government eliminated stopped this on 27 March 2012 when it banned imports in order to protect upcoming domestic cement production.
26-Apr-2017 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sought the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) financial support to implement the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in Ghana at a total cost of US$ 92.79 million. The programme was designed with the overall goal of ensuring equitable and sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity among rural households in Northern Ghana.
Ghana: Apesika Abom Feeder, the story of an AfDB-financed feeder road that changed the everyday lives of rural households
20-Apr-2017 - In many African countries, food security and nutrition continue to be a challenge. To address this in Ghana, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have joined forces to co-finance the “Northern Rural Growth programme” (NRGP). The project was launched in 2009, to contribute to equitable and sustainable poverty reduction and food security in the various districts in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions as well as seven adjoining districts of...
03-Feb-2017 - The Gambia continues to face escalating food and nutrition deficits, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). As in most African countries, improved agriculture practices ensure food security, while agriculture itself is a prime source of income generation and poverty reduction for many rural households living below the poverty line
19-Jan-2017 - Au Sénégal, comme dans d’autres pays d’Afrique, l’accès aux infrastructures (routes, eau, santé, éducation, etc.) reste insuffisant avec de grandes disparités régionales. Les zones rurales sont encore fortement enclavées ; les 187 communautés rurales les plus enclavées au Sénégal sont dispersées dans 11 des 14 régions du pays, limitant ainsi l’accès aux marchés et rendant les coûts des intrants et de transport des productions agricoles élevés.
18-Jan-2017 - Il est dit au Bénin que la Vallée de Wémè (francisé Ouémé) est classée deuxième vallée la plus riche au monde après le Nil en Egypte. C’est assurément une vallée très fertile, dotée d’un important potentiel agricole qui s’élève à plus 70.000 ha, mais moins de 30% de cette superficie est actuellement exploitée. Dans la continuité de ses efforts pour réduire la pauvreté et améliorer la sécurité alimentaire au Bénin, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a lancé, en 2014, le Projet d’Appui aux infrastructures...
04-Jul-2016 - Niger, a country in the heart of the Sahel-Saharan region, is faced with recurrent food crises due to erratic, insufficient rains and other factors. Repeated drought and desert encroachment in recent decades justify the option taken by Niger to retain the mobilization of water resources as a fundamental part of its rural development strategy whose ultimate goal is to ensure the country’s food security.
09-May-2016 - The inadequate water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Cuamba and Lichinga in northern Mozambique accounts for the majority of incidences of water-borne diseases and environmental degradation in Niassa Province.
03-May-2016 - Access to electricity in Kenya remains relatively limited. Only half the population has access to it, at a cost much higher than in other African economies. On top of this there is the instability of the network, with frequent blackouts, which raises questions about large scale reliance on hydroelectric energy production.
03-May-2016 - Every year, Africa imports one third of global rice production, with West Africa alone importing nearly 20% (5.2 million tonnes). By 2020, if domestic production continues to be outstripped by growing demand, Africa will need an extra 17 million tonnes of husked rice, costing several billion in already rare foreign exchange. Any increase in the price of rice on the international market will have a negative impact on food security, particularly for poor households.
Moving ahead: Project to improve Ketta-Djoum road and facilitate transport on Yaoundé-Brazzaville corridor
03-May-2016 - There is currently no passable road link between Yaoundé and Brazzaville. The sections of road between Ketta and Djoum on this route are in very poor condition, isolating the regions crossed. Consequently, it is not releasing the agricultural, mining and tourism potential that these areas have and is acting as a brake on the promotion of trade between the two countries.
27-Jan-2016 - The Fatick region, population 613,000, is located 155 kilometres from the Senegalese capital of Dakar. A good illustration of humanity’s struggle against nature and climatic and environmental hazards, Senegal has – together with the African Development Bank, which is supporting the Project to Support Local Small-Scale Irrigation (PAPIL) – committed to winning hectares of salinized land back from the sea to use them for agriculture. A fitting reversal, because there was a time when the peanut, the flagship crop...
14-Jan-2016 - Friday, September 18, 2015 will be remembered as a landmark date in Côte d’Ivoire for the state visit paid by the Ivorian President and a truly special Council of Ministers held in Abengourou (in Indénié-Djuablin region, in the centre-east of the country). What’s more, the meeting approved a progress report on implementation of the project to support agricultural infrastructure in the Indénié-Djuablin region (PAIA-ID). The events of September 18 mark the importance for the country and for life in this area, with...
13-Jan-2016 - São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) is a small island nation located on the Equator, about 450 kilometres off the coast of Nigeria. In 2011, the country’s population was estimated at less than 200,000 inhabitants. The rural sector occupies an important place and accounts for 60% of the workforce. Despite efforts to develop the country’s productive potential and promote food crops, it still continues to rely heavily on imports. An analysis of the various constraints highlights issues of isolation, value chain weaknesses...
30-Nov-2015 - The Burundian economy is driven by an agriculture sector which accounts for just over 30 percent of GDP and employs more than 90 percent of the population. Climate change is expected to greatly threaten the sector as crop productivity is slowed due to the disappearance of the traditional short-dry season. By 2050, rainfall patterns are likely to be altered such that there will essentially be two six month seasons, one rainy season lasting from November to April and a dry season covering May to October.
13-Nov-2015 - Morocco currently depends on external sources for 95 percent of its primary energy needs. Between 2002 and 2012 alone, the country’s energy consumption increased by an average of 7.2 percent. Meanwhile, Morocco’s demand for primary energy is expected to triple, while demand for electricity is set to quadruple by 2030. In response to this, the country has prioritized improving its home-grown power supply under its new 2010 to 2030 energy strategy. One of its aims is to diversify sources of production and generate...
10-Nov-2015 - Today, nearly 2.5 million of the country's 23 million inhabitants reside in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé – over 60% of which is covered by low income settlement housing. The Mfoundi Canal, the city's main drainage system, has with time become a receptacle for household refuse, industrial waste, domestic and industrial sewage and excreta from uncontrolled housing areas. This waste accumulates at the top end of the underground canals and its effluents, obstructing the normal flow of runoff water.
17-Sep-2015 - The Lake Turkana wind power project involves the development and construction of a 300 MW wind farm. The project is located at a remote location, approximately 12 kilometres east of Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya. The project area falls within a valley between two mountains that produce a tunnel effect in which wind streams are accelerated to high speeds. The wind farm will comprise 365 wind turbines of a capacity of 850 KW each. In addition to the Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) and their foundations, a 33...
16-Sep-2015 - The Azito Power Expansion Project involves the expansion of an existing 288 megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant located in Côte d’Ivoire, into a combined cycle plant, with the addition of a 140 MW heat-recovery steam turbine. The project is the third phase in the construction of the Azito power generation facility, with two earlier phases completed in 1999 and 2000.
15-Sep-2015 - Although Kenya produces just enough power to meet its current demand for households and businesses tied to the grid, it is constantly plagued with power outages that cause not only inconveniences, but a loss of income for those businesses that depend upon it. A large part of the problem is the country’s reliance on hydropower, which fuels about half of Kenya’s installed capacity. Since there is no reserve margin for reduced hydropower generation in times of drought, the government must pay for emergency...
South African wind energy farm lights up over 120,000 homes while saving carbon emissions: AfDB/CIF-funded
14-Sep-2015 - In recent years, the South African electricity sector, once operationally efficient, ran into major capacity constraints. As a result, power rationing and other measures instituted to prevent the electricity system from collapsing affected the entire economy, especially the country's mining industry, leading to shutdowns of some of the largest mining operations, putting thousands of jobs at risk.
13-Sep-2015 - With over 300 days of sunshine per year, Ain Beni Mathar in Morocco, near the border with Algeria, was the perfect site to build a thermal and solar hybrid plant.The first of its kind in Africa, Ain Beni Mathar is a real opportunity for Morocco to explore alternative sources. The country suffers greatly from its energy dependence, importing 97% of its coal and oil energy needs.
10-Sep-2015 - With the Mediterranean to the north and the desert to the south, Tunisia undergoes recurrent periods of drought. Whereas all urban populations benefit from continuous access to water, this is not the case in the country, where close to 10% of Tunisians live unconnected to the water-supply network
21-May-2015 - The Ébrié Lagoon divides Abidjan in two. On the north bank stand the residential neighbourhoods of Cocody, Deux-Plateaux and Riviera, home to several hundred thousand people. To the south lie the port, the airport and the city's business and industrial districts. As the crow flies, barely two or three kilometres separate these two sides of the city. Yet for the tens of thousands of Ivorians who cross the lagoon each day, the journey is a long and arduous ordeal.
Road infrastructure driving inclusive growth in Mali: the Kankan-Kourémalé-Bamako highway success stor
10-Nov-2014 - Context The Kankan-Kourémalé-Bamako transnational intercity highway is the single point of entry and exit between Conakry and Bamako. And since the work financed by African Development Bank (9 billion francs CFA) concluded in December 31, 2013, the new road has revolutionized the daily lives of thousands of people, including residents of the 9th district of Commune IV, in the western suburbs of Malian capital Bamako.
22-Oct-2014 - With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mali received US $1.5 million from the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Programme in Low Income Countries (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The SREP financing will benefit the Project for Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Mali (PAPERM).
La Route Transsaharienne : un projet d’environ 10 000 km pour la stabilité et la croissance inclusive au Maghreb et au Sahel
13-May-2014 - La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a participé le 20 avril dernier à Alger, en Algérie à une réunion de coordination portant sur la Route Transsaharienne (RTS), un projet qui s’étire d’Alger à Lagos. Son objectif est de desservir toute la sous-région du Maghreb et du Sahel sur une longueur totale de 9.400 km.
19-Nov-2013 - Rice production per hectare has tripled for farmers in South East Liberia, with yields up to 3 tons per hectare for now, as compared with the traditional long-duration low-yielding, less than 1 ton per hectare.
07-Nov-2013 - Barely six years after Nigeria and Cameroon signed a Memorandum of Understanding that was to put their socio-political differences behind them, the Enugu-Bamenda Road Project linking the two countries is already showing signs of a positive impact in the region. In fact, the African Development Bank-financed project is a genuine success story, paving the way for regional integration and greater social cohesion.
18-Sep-2013 - In a country where 84% of the population does not have energy access and where the geothermal potential is among the greatest in the world, the Menengai geothermal steam field development project will exploit a portion of this potential to provide power to about 500,000 households and 300,000 businesses. The project was approved in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2016.
18-Sep-2013 - The Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya will add 300MW to power generation capacity and will benefit Kenya by providing clean and affordable energy that will reduce the overall energy cost to end consumers. Furthermore, the project will allow the landlocked Great Rift Valley region to be connected to the rest of the country through the improved infrastructure linked to the wind farm, including a road, fibre-optic cable and electrification.
18-Sep-2013 - Within the current global energy crisis, interconnecting the regional electric energy networks is the best alternative to transfer expensive thermal generation into regional as well as international power markets. 1,068 km of high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya, with a power transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW.
18-Sep-2013 - Abuja is growing rapidly and now among the most congested cities on the African content. Livelihood and competitiveness of the city will rely heavily on the availability of good levels of mobility. Such levels can only be delivered through integrated transport systems, key to which is public transport. While BRT systems are not new, African cities have not been exploiting fully the advantages of such systems. Furthermore the engagement of the AfDB Group in the field is certainly a new one. Once approved, the...
18-Sep-2013 - ADF 11 has invested a loan of USD 42.89 million for Ethiopia and loan/grant of USD 54.79 million to co-finance the project with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning Electricité de Djibouti (EdD).
16-Sep-2013 - AfDB remains a key stakeholder in Senegal’s integrated infrastructure development projects. The new toll highway, which runs through Grand Dakar, is yet another example of this commitment. The vast construction project is now complete and the highway is officially open.
13-Sep-2013 - The Lake Harvest Aquaculture project on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, financed by the AfDB Group, is the largest sustainable Tilapia fish farming in Africa. It creates jobs in Zimbabwe, particularly for women fish traders, and provides an important supply of affordable protein to the southern Africa region.
13-Aug-2013 - A key road and rail bridge crossing over the Zambezi River along the North – South Corridor, a key trade route linking the port of Durban in South Africa to the inland countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, DRC, and up to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
13-Aug-2013 - The Congo River, one of the most powerful rivers in Africa, has very high hydropower potential that could contribute significantly to the needs of the continent. Currently, only the Inga site of the river is being harnessed for hydropower generation, with an installed capacity of only 1775 MW compared with Inga’s potential of 40,000 MW.
13-Aug-2013 - The Mozambique’s Nacala Road Corridor Phase III project, approved in 2012, is one of the strategic regional corridors in the Southern Africa region. It is part of the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) for Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, which will substantially increase national and regional connectivity.