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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.