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African Union holds global conference to accelerate African vaccine development and manufacturing capacity

The meeting was attended by several African heads of state, health, finance and trade ministers from across the continent

African leaders assembled at a global meeting to discuss the status of local pharmaceutical manufacturing on the continent, underscored the need to increase local production of vaccines and therapeutics to achieve greater public-health security. “The production of vaccines and access to vaccines is an absolute priority,” Cyril Ramaphosa, President of…

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African Development Bank President calls for Global Vaccine Solidarity and Justice for Africa

Acquiring vaccines has significant implications for African countries

African Development Bank ( President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has called for vaccine justice for Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Bank’s African Economic Outlook 2021 report on Friday, Adesina decried the lack of Covid-19 vaccines reaching Africa. “We need global solidarity and vaccine justice for Africa,” Africa’s premier development…

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Mauritius: JICA provides $289 million support to fight COVID-19 under initiative with African Development Bank

The loan is a parallel co-financing agreement between JICA and the African Development Bank under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa joint initiative to spur private

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an Official Development Assistance loan of up to 30 billion Japanese yen ($289 million) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild its economy. The loan, signed on 24 February, is a parallel co-financing agreement between JICA and the African…

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COP26 Roundtable: ‘2021 will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and climate change’ – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

COP26 President Sharma said the global transition to clean power must move at least four times the current pace to achieve targets set out in Paris Agreement on climate change

African Development Bank ( President Akinwumi Adesina on Monday joined world leaders to discuss the global transition to clean power as part of a green recovery and identify actions that can be taken to support this. The virtual COP26 Roundtable on Clean Power Transition, under the theme “Achieving a rapid shift…

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African Development Bank unveils Top 20 AfricavsVirus winners in virtual event

More than 25,000 participants from Africa and around the world pitched their ideas during a 72-hour ideathon

The African Development Bank ( has announced 20 finalists of the AfricavsVirus Challenge ( who will receive a grant of up to $20,000 as well as access to business development and other in-kind services. The Top 20 Winners, announced during a virtual event held Friday, have been selected from a…

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African Development Bank’s Akinwumi Adesina, three others win Academy of Public Health’s 2020 top Distinguished Fellowship Award

The Distinguished Fellowship Award is the highest fellowship rank in the “Roll of Fellows “of the Academy, leading the Roll of Fellows for their exceptional leadership and service to humanity

The Academy of Public Health, the flagship body of the West African Institute of Public Health, has named African Development Bank Group ( President Akinwumi Adesina and three other eminent persons as winners of its 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award. Adesina, World Health Organisation(WHO)’s Tedros Ghebreyesus, Leith Greenslade of JustActions and…

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Sudan: $28.233 million in African Development Fund Grants to bolster response to COVID-19

The grants are being provided under the African Development Bank’s COVID-19 Response Facility

The Board of the African Development Fund on Wednesday approved grants worth $28.233 million to Sudan to shore up the country’s health system to effectively respond and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its social and economic impacts and build resilience to future pandemics, including climate-induced outbreaks.  The funding will take…

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COVID-19 stresses the need to transform Africa’s water, sanitation and hygiene services sector (By Osward M. Chanda)

The SWA Africa Region Finance Ministers’ Meeting held 4 November, highlighted a need for the continent’s Ministers of Finance to place more focus on and increase investments for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

By Osward M. Chanda Alarming headlines that announced the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa in March 2020 have given way to stories of chin-stroking scientists wondering about the reasons for the relatively mild impact – compared to other continents – which COVID-19 has had on Africa. More than…

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Tanzania: African Development Fund Approves $50.7m COVID-19 Crisis Response Budget Support

The pandemic has put increased pressure on Tanzania’s health facilities, social protection systems and has dampened the country’s projected growth of over 6.2%

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a loan of UA 36 million ($50.7 million) to Tanzania, to finance the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan, from the African Development Bank Group’s ( COVID-19 Response Facility (CRF), will support the Government of Tanzania’s…

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African Leaders for Nutrition call on leaders to embed nutrition within the Covid-19 response and recovery

The pandemic has created major global health and economic shocks, with unprecedented impacts on people’s health, nutrition and livelihoods

The African Leaders for Nutrition ( (ALN) have unveiled a position paper calling upon African Heads of State and Governments to ensure that financing for nutrition is included in their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans. The position paper, titled “Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery,” was sent…