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Ethiopia: African Development Fund provides $31.2 million to boost nutrition and end child stunting

The Multi-sectoral Approach for Stunting Reduction Project (MASReP) will target forty districts or woredas in the country’s Amhara and Tigray regions

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund has approved a grant of $31.2 million to the Government of Ethiopia to increase access to multi-sectoral nutritional services for children under-five years, by boosting access to services for improved health, a more diverse and nutritious food, and improving knowledge, attitude…

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African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Free trade bloc can be a game changer for African people and business

The African Development Bank is actively supporting or looking to support initiatives to boost trade and improve livelihoods for Africans

Exploring strategies to deepen private sector participation in the implementation African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was the highlight of a panel session during the 2021 WTO Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking meeting. The African Development Bank (, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Trade Centre (ITC) organized the session held…

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The African Development Bank: a strategic partner in developing resilience and sustainable energy in the Sahel region

The Sahel Alliance has invited the African Development Bank to lead a working group on agriculture, rural development and food security

The Sahel Alliance will hold its second general assembly in N'Djamena, Chad on Monday, 15 February 2021. The meeting will take place on the side-lines of a summit for the G5 Sahel countries— Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad—as well as France. The African Development Bank ( played an active…

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African Development Bank, partners, host online workshop on enhancing water security in the Greater Horn of Africa

The virtual discussion, held on 15 December, was hosted by the Bank’s Water Development and Sanitation Department and the African Water Facility

The African Development Bank ( and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (, a regional organization of Horn of Africa countries, held a webinar to discuss the pressures affecting water security in the Greater Horn of Africa and how the Bank can support regional member countries to better respond to…

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Why COVID-19-impacted World Food Day 2020 is the time to prioritize investments in food systems (By Wambui Gichuri)

COVID-19 lockdowns and decreases in incomes have generated a double demand shock – increasing the number of poor and vulnerable people, particularly in Africa’s cities

By Wambui Gichuri, Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank ( World Food Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, but celebrations this 16 October are muted due to the coronavirus. COVID-19’s multi-sectoral impact should have governments…

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Au revoir, Abidjan - Hello, Accra: African Development Bank 2021 Annual Meetings to be held in Ghana

The Bank’s Annual Meetings represented a unique opportunity to discuss challenges and ways to advance the continent’s regional integration agenda

Ghana will host the African Development Bank’s ( next Annual Meetings in May 2021, it was announced Thursday, at the end of the Group’s 2020 meetings. The 2021 meetings will take place in the country’s capital city, Accra. Côte d’Ivoire Planning Minister Niale Kaba, handed over the baton to Ghana,…

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The one-stop border post between Tanzania and Kenya, a symbol of East-African integration

The African Development Bank in 2007 approved $185 million in funding

Naftali Elude Mzota, a driver for the Impala Shuttle Company in Tanzania, has been driving between Tanzania and Kenya for over 23 years. Asked about the difficulties of crossing the border, Mzota sighs. "Customs clearance used to be a real challenge here, because there were two borders. You had to…

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East Africa holds its ground as Africa’s fastest growing region, despite COVID-19 disruption

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the region’s economic growth was projected at more than 5 percent, well above continent’s average of 3.3 percent and global average of 2.9 percent

COVID-19 curbs East Africa’s growth, but still the strongest in the continent; Report calls for transition to higher value-added activities to build resilience to shocks. Economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed East Africa’s growth projection for 2020 down to 1.2 percent, a rate that outstrips other African…

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Ethiopia: African Development Fund approves $165 million grant for national COVID-19 emergency response

The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based Allocation, will help bolster Ethiopia’s COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan (NERP)

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on 3 July approved a grant of $165.08 million to support Ethiopia’s response to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to ease fiscal pressures on the economy. The grant, awarded from the country’s ADF-15 Performance-Based…

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“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines

Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, ( has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say. “The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH…