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African Development Bank President wins All Africa Business Leaders Awards ™ 2019 African of the Year award

To follow in the footsteps of my big brother President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who won the award in 2018, is an honour beyond description – Akinwmi Adesina

African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/en) President Dr Akinwumi Adesina received the African of the Year Award from the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™), Thursday, in recognition of his bold leadership and the innovation of the Africa Investment Forum which “opened up billions of dollars of investment into the continent.” The…

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African Development Fund (ADF-15) replenishment: Donors commit $7.6 billion, a 32% boost from last replenishment, in support of Africa’s low-income, fragile, countries

The Fund comprises 32 contributing states and benefits 37 countries

Donors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Thursday agreed to commit $7.6 billion to speed up growth in Africa’s poorest nations and help lift millions out of poverty. This fifteenth replenishment of the ADF (ADF-15), up 32% from the previous cycle, sends a strong signal of trust in the…

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2019 African Economic Conference: Work as one and listen to the youth to create jobs for Africa’s next generation, delegates urge policymakers

One of the highlights of this year’s conference was a session for young African entrepreneurs to share their work and ideas to shape the future of the continent

Africa must work as one to turn the continent’s ‘youth bulge’ into opportunities, delegates at the closing of the 2019 African Economic Conference said on Wednesday. The three-day conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, discussed initiatives for boosting entrepreneurship, improving the business ecosystem, access to capital and better infrastructure –…

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Fostering jobs, entrepreneurship, and capacity development for African youth: the time for disruption is now! (by Hanan Morsy)

The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) is held in Egypt and hosted by the Bank on the theme; “Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth"

by Hanan Morsy “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with…

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Bring us to the table to unlock youth jobs and power growth, say young African entrepreneurs

The recommendations from the youth dialogue were presented to African ministers at a ministerial roundtable later at the African Economic Conference (AEC)

Young African entrepreneurs urged to make their voices heard in business policy-making across the continent and called on governments to implement friendlier tax policies, improve access to finance and boost support for youth-led businesses to create jobs. Speaking at the 2019 African Economic Conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm…

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African Development Bank launches digital tool to help African youth learn to code

The goal is to scale up the program to 130 centers of excellence across the continent over a 10-year period

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and technology firm Microsoft (https://bit.ly/2LiaqcU) today launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform (https://Coding4Employment.org/), an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth, wherever they are across the continent. The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to…

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Government of Flanders Grants 1 Million Euros to the Africa Climate Change Fund to Support 5 Projects in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa

The new contribution follows an initial grant of two millions euros to the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) in November 2016 by the Flanders government, bringing the total contribution to the ACCF to 11.4 million euros

The Government of Flanders this year has committed 1 million euros to the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) (http://bit.ly/34JgdzF) to support five projects in three African countries - Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. In Malawi, the project will contribute to “demonstration of an innovative results-based finance model for adaptation to…

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Africa Climate Change Fund Grants Nearly $1 Million to Support Access to Climate Finance in Benin and Lesotho

The project proposal, approved in September, has been designed with the goal to improve the climate resilience of communities and local economies by increasing investments in climate change adaptation in target areas

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) (http://bit.ly/34JgdzF) has approved a project proposal for a total of $997, 524 to support Benin and Lesotho to access international climate finance, an initiative underpinned by evidence that adaptation to climate change must start locally. While local responses can create opportunities for innovative solutions, most…

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2019 African Economic Conference: A Clarion Call for Bolder Action to Tackle Africa’s Youth Jobs Crisis

With a little more than a decade left to achieve the targets of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development , the issue of youth productivity is critical for Africa

The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) opened in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Monday with a call on African policymakers to take bold steps to tackle red-tape and high startup costs in order to create decent and well-paying jobs for the continent’s youth. Addressing the opening…

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African Economic Conference 2019 – Participants Converge on Sharm El Sheikh to Debate Jobs, Skills and Capacity Development for Africa’s Youth

The three-day conference, from 2-4 December, brings together researchers, youth representatives, business leaders, policymakers and media representatives from Africa and around the globe

More than 350 stakeholders are converging on Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to participate in the 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC), with this year’s focus on jobs, skills and capacity development for Africa’s youth. The three-day conference, from 2-4 December, brings together researchers, youth representatives, business leaders, policymakers and media representatives…