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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.
13-Aug-2013 - These four projects represent a total investment of EUR 1.3 billion in the country. The African Development Bank Group provided financing totaling EUR 185 million and acted as Mandated Lead Arranger (MLA) on 3 of these projects, facilitating a further EUR 326 million of senior debt for other financial institutions.
12-Aug-2013 - Nakuru, Kenya's fourth largest city is a major industrial and tourist center. Prior to the AfDB Group’s intervention, unreliable water supply and sanitation services resulted in scaling down and ultimate relocation of industries, resulting in high incidence of water-borne diseases. Women and children spent long hours collecting water or buying it at a very high cost.
06-Aug-2013 - The African Development Bank Group’s Private Sector Operations and its African Private Sector Assistance Fund (FAPA) are supporting Advans Banque Congo (ABC) to provide financial services loans and savings to micro and small entrepreneurs (MSMEs), particularly in large urban areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a country where MSME banking is a challenge, Advans Banque Congo’s services and efforts, backed by the AfDB Group, is promoting financial inclusion and women empowerment, reducing poverty...
Harar Water Supply and Sanitation Project: Improving Livelihoods and Enhancing Water Security in Ethiopia
04-Aug-2013 - The project addressed a looming water and sanitation crisis in the historic and touristic town of Harar and the surrounding four towns. The water availability and quality from Lake Alemaya, the previous water source, was threatened due to rising population, irrigation use and siltation. Water rationing was introduced and investors were reluctant to establish new commercial ventures. Livelihoods were lost and families spent scarce resources to buy water and treatment of waterborne illnesses.
04-Aug-2013 - The African Virtual University (AVU) has established the largest distance and eLearning network in over 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and produced more than 40,000 graduates. It hosts 219 open educational modules ranging from mathematics and science, teacher education, and ICT skills –available free of charge in English, French and Portuguese. The AVU’s interactive portal is accessed beyond Africa in 142 countries with a majority from Brazil and the United States.
04-Aug-2013 - Rwanda has been an economic success and has maintained a strong growth path averaging 8% per year over the last decade. Rwanda has made remarkable progresses on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in areas of health, and in lifting one million people out of poverty (MDG 4, 5, 6).
24-Jul-2013 - Côte d’Ivoire’s political crisis in 2001 worsened the humanitarian situation in the country and gender-based violence (GBV) grew to affect 67% of women. Sexual violence was used as a weapon of war and GBV survivors had to grapple with various almost insurmountable challenges, including a) the physical and psychological traumas and other medical conditions; b) a lack of judicial systems leaving crimes unpunished; c) the lack the financial resources to cover the high cost of medical certificates, psychologists’...
24-Jul-2013 - Transport constraints in many rural communities in Eastern and Central Uganda made it extremely difficult for farmers to market their produce. This limited farmers’ productivity, and burdened traders in rural areas with high transaction costs. As a result farmers received lower prices for their produce, lacked reliable information on market prices, and were largely unaware of potentially profitable market opportunities.
20-May-2013 - Cross River State has an enviable history in Nigeria, yet until 2008, most rural roads were in poor, impassable conditions. They had a negative impact on the local economy, especially agricultural activities, with poor rural roads resulting in exorbitant vehicle operating costs and unquantifiable travel times.
19-May-2013 - Spanning at least 20 different countries across the African continent, nomadic peoples constitute about six per cent of the total African population, or some 50 million people. This large population, categorized into three major groups, as pastoralists, migrant fishing folks and farmers, has a common wandering lifestyle. Shrinking grazing lands, constant blocking of grazing paths, increasing banditry, rising conflicts and tension between sedentary and nomadic communities are, however, making traditional nomadic...