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In Lesotho, An African Development Bank project enhances primary and secondary school education - report

The eight-year project focused on improving the quality of primary and secondary instruction and building skills to give young people access to better job opportunities

An education project in Lesotho, financed by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and implemented between 2008 and 2016, has provided the country with new primary and secondary school infrastructure and teacher training to enhance educational quality, according to a recently published report by Bank. The Support to Education Quality Enhancement…

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Road to Annual Meetings: South African villagers find fresh water in ancient mountain springs

After undertaking a cost analysis of equipment to supply water from springs to village, community members pooled funds to buy it, and set up their water scheme

The village of Tsakhuma in the Vhembe district of South Africa’s Limpopo region is proof positive that communities can find solutions to their problems. Like many rural areas in South Africa, Tsakhuma lacked access to water for bathing, cooking, washing and chores, and the burden of fetching water fell on…

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Malawi to receive $45.07 million for national COVID-19 emergency response from the African Development Bank

The budget support intervention, will help boost the Malawi National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Malawi will receive $45.07 million to finance the government’s response to the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, following a decision by the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) held Wednesday. The package comprises a loan of $24.48 million, and a grant of $20.59…

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Niger: The African Development Bank enhances food security for nine million people (report)

The project entailed establishment of various types of infrastructure

The Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food Security in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Regions (PMERSA-MTZ) (https://bit.ly/32iTzQs), implemented between 2011 and 2018 in Niger, has sustainably increased agricultural production and productivity and increased food security for nearly nine million residents of this Sahelian country, according to a report by the African…

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Africa Road Builders Babacar Ndiaye Trophy 2020: Egyptian president to receive Great Road Builder Award

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina awarded special prizes

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was awarded the Babacar Ndiaye Great Road Builder Award it was announced Monday, a distinction for heads of state whose countries initiate outstanding projects or achievements in relation to the development of roads, transportation and mobility. Al Sisi was recognized for his “personal leadership” in…

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African Development Bank Regional Economic Outlook 2020: In West Africa, harnessing the youth workforce could speed economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era

The report points to policies needed to improve skills to empower the West African labour force

Growth in West Africa, poised to expand by 4.0 percent in 2020, now projected to contract by -2.0 percent in 2020; Demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics increasing, though school enrolment, retention rates poor. West Africa’s burgeoning youth population offers a strategic workforce which can be harnessed for employment…

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Tanzania: African Development Bank project tripled incomes of rural producers and traders

With $56.8 million in funding from the African Development Bank, the programme was undertaken in 32 districts with a population of 6.1 million in 1.2 million households

An African Development Bank (http://www.AfDB.org) project to enhance market infrastructure, value addition and rural finance (MIVARF) (https://bit.ly/38xRvFo) in Tanzania produced highly satisfactory results, according to a report released by the project team. The project, rolled out in the country between 2012 and 2017 increased the incomes of rural producers and…

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Our journey to electrify the continent: Five years of the New Deal on Energy for Africa (By Dr. Kevin Kariuki)

The NDEA called for a substantial increase in investments to realize the Bank’s High 5 priority to “Light Up and Power Africa”

By Dr. Kevin Kariuki Five years into the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) ambitious New Deal on Energy for Africa (NDEA), the Bank’s investments are set to provide electricity access to around 13 million people and deliver about 55,000 km of distribution lines, and 6,700 km of transmission lines, of which…

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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, (https://bit.ly/2Bif7lh) 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…

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Infrastructure Symposium “is laying a path for South Africa after coronavirus, but also way into the future.” - President Ramaphosa

The symposium follows weeks of consultations to garner support for the revised Infrastructure Investment Plan

South African President and African Union Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa today hosted a historic conference to spur infrastructure investment in his country and inspire similar efforts in the rest of the continent. “South Africa, within the AU family, has been given responsibility for championing infrastructure development. It is through these objectives…