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Namibia: African Development Bank grant gives life-changing opening for female freight forwarders

01-juil-2019 - “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime” – Fabiola Hindjou, Namibian freight and logistics worker In the commercial department of TransNamib, the national rail company of Namibia, Fabiola Hindjou is responsible for the tariffs. She is in charge of assessing TransNamib’s local, regional and global transport rates and explores potential areas of growth for the company. Her experience in the business development section fueled a keen interest in the Master Plan for the development of an International Logistics...

Côte d’Ivoire : le premier projet de pôle agro-industriel, financé par la Banque africaine de développement, pose ses jalons à Yamoussoukro

21-juin-2019 - Le projet de pôle agro-industriel dans la région du Bélier (2PAI Bélier) est le tout premier agropole de Côte d’Ivoire. Financé à 80 % par la Banque africaine de développement à hauteur de 121 millions de dollars, il a pour objectif de relancer l’agriculture pour atteindre l’autosuffisance alimentaire dans une région en déclin économique depuis 30 ans, malgré un potentiel important. Diplôme d’ingénieure agronome en poche, Madoussou Diomandé n’a nullement été tentée par les bureaux feutrés d’Abidjan. Au...

South Africa: Women Walking the Road Less Taken, and Shining

06-juin-2019 - Pumza Mbulekwua and Phie Nxumalo are working in male-dominated fields - construction and engineering. The pair both had their Bachelor’s degrees funded by Eskom, as part of its efforts to groom specialists to augment the workforce at its Medupi Power Station. The station co-financed by the African Development Bank, comprises six coal-powered units with a cumulative capacity of 4,764MW. In anticipation of potential mass job opportunities, the Bank and Eskom embedded skills development, in the construction...

South Africa: African Development Bank Group Supports Skills Development in Eskom’s Medupi Power Plant

05-juin-2019 - For many years, Sarina Malatji dreamed about helping out her community. She grew up in a community where few young people could afford an education. Today, she has not only educated herself, but she is also contributing towards the education of others. Malatji was raised in Limpopo Province where the scorching sun and bushveld disadvantage reign. She worked for the state power utility Eskom until 2011, when she left to start her own cleaning business – Green Dot - which currently employs 115 people at the...

‘One of the best opportunities I received’ – Malawi student looks forward to being a teacher after studies funded by African Development Bank project

17-mai-2019 - Cecilia Phiri is a student at Chancellor College in Malawi. Located in Zomba, about 300 km south of Lilongwe, Chancellor College (CHANCO) is the largest of the five constituent colleges composing the University of Malawi, which was established in 1965. Cecilia started her studies in 2014. She is majoring in Biology and Organic Chemistry. In 2018, she was the only student selected to work as an eight-month intern in the biology laboratory of her college. The experience she gained through this internship improves...

Madagascar : Dans le Bas Mangoky, la Banque africaine de développement favorise l’émancipation des femmes et la protection de l’environnement

02-mai-2019 - Bertine Mariazy est exploitante agricole à Tanandava, une commune rurale du district de Morombe, dans le sud-ouest de Madagascar. Au cours des huit dernières années, son niveau de vie a bondi sous l’effet des travaux d’aménagement du périmètre irrigué du Bas Mangoky (alimenté en eau par le Mangoky, le deuxième plus long fleuve malgache avec 822 km de cours). Une meilleure qualité de l’eau et un débit plus important...

Togo : 35 000 emplois créés dans des PME du secteur agricole avec l’appui de la Banque africaine de développement

23-avr-2019 - Depuis 2016, la Banque africaine de développement a soutenu, à hauteur d’1,7 million de dollars américains, le Projet d’appui à l’employabilité et à l’insertion des jeunes dans les secteurs porteurs (PAEIJ-SP) du Togo, qui a permis de créer 35 000 emplois dans des PME opérant dans l’agriculture. Lorsqu’en 2011, Agrokom et Jonction de croissance agricole du Togo (JCAT) démarrent leurs activités à Lomé, capitale du Togo, elles ne comptent chacune qu’une dizaine d’employés, dont très peu de jeunes....

African Development Bank leads reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in aftermath of deadly cyclone

15-avr-2019 - The water is receding in Beira – Mozambique’s second largest city – weeks after the deadly cyclone hit in March 2019, leaving behind scenes of desolation and grief-stricken survivors. Tropical Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands missing.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and displaced. Thousands of...

African Development Bank: All-female Coding for Employment class to open doors for Nigerian women in tech

04-avr-2019 - [row] [column md="8"] Sa’adatu Babayo and Esther Ayuba have more than being female in common: the two are proud participants of the first all-women Coding for Employment class, currently underway in Nigeria as part of a pilot scheme to broaden opportunities for African women. The month-long classes in basic Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and other digital skills began 11 Marchth 2019, and are being conducted on two campuses - Gombe State University, Northern Nigeria and...

La Banque africaine de développement, tête de pont de la future zone de libre-échange en Afrique

01-avr-2019 - Un an après sa signature par 49 pays africains à Kigali (Rwanda), l’accord instaurant la Zone de libre-échange continentale (ZLEC) doit entrer en vigueur en avril 2019 après la ratification attendue d’au moins 22 États africains, contribuant ainsi à la création de la plus grande zone de libre-échange mondiale créée ces dernières années. « Les avancées enregistrées, s’agissant de la zone de libre-échange, sont particulièrement encourageantes », s’est félicité, le 10 février...

Malawi: From boreholes to public taps: rural communities to access improved water supply thanks to the African Development Bank

21-mar-2019 - In the lakeside village of Kafuzira, in the Nkhotakota District of Malawi’s Central Region, the water taps are not yet running. In the dry season, the women and girls still trudge five kilometers to Lake Malawi to fetch water for their daily needs. Then when the rains come and fill the nearby water holes, they compete with domestic and wild animals for water from the same sources. However, the days of braving the elements, spending hours to fetch and haul 20-litre plastic cans of water balanced on their heads...

Egypt: Turning wastewater into wealth, the African Development Bank promotes green technology, climate change mitigation

15-mar-2019 - Egypt is revolutionizing the nation’s water delivery and mitigating the effects of climate change with innovative green technology and state-of-the-art sludge conversion plants. The result has been reduced carbon emissions, renewable energy, effective anti-pollution measures and improved livelihoods. The Gabel El-Asfar wastewater treatment plant and the Abu Rawash plant have received $58 million and $150 million for expansion and upgrading respectively, from the African Development Bank, which is funding...