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Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors

Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the…

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African Development Bank Group supports Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan with $69 million grant

The funds will help to upgrade the capacity of healthcare facilities to isolate, diagnose and care for patients, and provide more test kits, pharmaceuticals, equipment and beds

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Friday approved a $69 million grant to support Ghana’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic impact on the nation. The grant from the ADF, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), will provide…

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South Africa: African Development Bank, SA Taxi sign $100 million loan agreement to boost industrialization, enhance transport sector

The loan agreement, which carries an eight-year tenor and includes a six-month grace period, was signed on Monday, 16 March

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and SA Taxi Development Finance Proprietary Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Taxi Holdings Proprietary Limited (“SA Taxi”), have signed a $100 million loan agreement to support the firm’s growing strategy to empower taxi operators with limited access to finance from traditional financiers. The…

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“Women are an excellent investment”: finance leaders call for increased support for in women in business

In Africa, 70% of women are excluded financially and there is a $42 billion financing gap between men and women

Leaders from multilateral development banks, financial institutions and the private sector called on peers to dispel myths about women being too “high risk” for financing - and to offer more financial services for women in business to close the gender finance gap. “We know that women are a good bet.…

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African Development Bank Group becomes a shareholder in Africa Finance Corporation

The Bank Group’s investment in Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) will enable both institutions to accelerate infrastructure development and delivery on the continent

Shareholding follows investment of $50 million in AFC’s equity by Bank Group; African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) becomes second investment-grade Supranational Finance Institution to join and invest in AFC. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading infrastructure solutions provider in Africa, today announces that the African Development Bank Group, Africa’s highest investment-grade…

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Africa Investment Forum 2019: Billion dollar boost for African female entrepreneurs

The European Investment Bank (EIB) expects the gender-lending initiative to allow women to play a more active role in economies

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $1.1 billion lending programme to help women entrepreneurs on the continent. EIB Vice President, Ambroise Fayolle, also revealed that the bank has signed three further agreements to boost sustainable development on the continent. But the major deal is what the EIB has…

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UN, African Development Bank High-Level Meeting calls for Speed and Action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The leaders called for additional resources to drive the urgent task of Africa's development

With an estimated 390 million people living in extreme poverty, hunger and food insecurity, Africa is in a race against time to deliver on its regional and global development goals. On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sunday, African heads of states and governments met to emphasize urgent collective…

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Malawi: African Development Bank boosts cyclone response with emergency relief package and measures to combat climate change

The Bank’s Climate Fund will also release $150,000.00 to Malawi to enable authorities to assist communities and internally displaced persons impacted by the cyclone

Malawi’s recovery and reconstruction plans in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai has received a boost from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), which is supporting the country with an emergency relief package and measures to combat the effect of climate change in the Southern African region. Mateus Magala, the Bank’s Vice…

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World Health Day 2019: African Development Bank joins the global call for universal health coverage for all

World Health Day 2019 is a timely opportunity to focus on the inclusion of Africa’s health work force in the development agenda

On the occasion of World Health Day 2019 (https://bit.ly/2TV1ImS), the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is renewing its call for firmer commitment to pledges made by countries for universal health coverage for all individuals and communities. In a statement issued Sunday 7 April 2019, Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital,…

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South Korea ready to partner with Africa on technology

"A win-win proposition" - Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB.org), Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa, officials said in Seoul today. Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s Green Technology Center said there…