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Women-led Kenyan design house wins Fashionomics Africa sustainable design competition for turning fruit waste into eco-friendly footwear

Pine Kazi, which converts pineapple leaf and recycled rubber into fashionable footwear, won the $2,000 Fashionomics Africa competition cash prize

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Fashionomics Africa initiative has named a women-led Kenya shoe design house as the winner of its competition to support producers of sustainable fashion. Pine Kazi, which converts pineapple leaf and recycled rubber into fashionable footwear, won the $2,000 Fashionomics Africa competition cash prize. In addition,…

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African Development Bank debars Global Interjapan (Kenya) Limited for 36 months for fraudulent practices

Global Interjapan (Kenya) Limited engaged in fraudulent practices during a tender for the Bank-financed Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project in Kenya

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB.org), on 16 February 2021, announces the 36-month debarment of Global Interjapan (Kenya) Limited with effect from 24 August 2020. Global Interjapan (Kenya) Limited is a civil engineering company registered in Kenya. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that…

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African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA), African Guarantee Fund, partner to unlock $1.3 - $2 billion in loans to women entrepreneurs

Financial institutions in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are signing on to the program

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program has agreed a partnership with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to unlock $1.3 to 2 billion in loans to women-owned Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, by working with financial institutions to enhance their…

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African Development Bank, European Investment Bank sign Joint Partnership Action Plan to fast-track development in Africa

The Joint Action Plan was developed following an EIB delegation meeting with the African Development Bank in February 2020

The African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a joint partnership action plan highlighting their strengthened cooperation and mutual development priorities and a strong shared emphasis on boosting public and private sector investment in Africa. The Joint Action Plan enables both institutions to grow…

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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 (www.AfDB.org) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (https://bit.ly/3nDsT4E), 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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Food security, agriculture, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), crucial for Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery - African Economic Conference

The African Development Bank has provided much-needed financial and technical assistance to the sector, including small scale agribusinesses

“The agriculture sector is among the most vulnerable. Agriculture is important not only for food security issues but also for inter-regional food integration,” African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research, Hanan Morsy, said during a news conference on the opening day of the African Economic Conference…

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Africans “know and understand what development ought to look like,” says President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyatta noted that on a continent of around 1.3 billion Africans with a median age of around 20 years, there is a very tangible underlying sense of urgency when it comes to expectations of government

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta urged African governments to put their citizens at the centre of delivering service during Africa Delivery Exchange 2020, a virtual event that opened Tuesday. In remarks to open the two-day workshop, Kenyatta noted that on a continent of around 1.3 billion Africans with a median…

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Uganda tops African countries with well-developed electricity regulatory frameworks - ERI 2020 report

The third edition of the ERI report was launched during the Digital Energy Festival of the Africa Energy Forum, on 5 November 2020

Uganda has for the third time in a row emerged as the top performer in this year’s Electricity Regulatory Index Report published by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org). The East African country, along with Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya, the other top performers, have regulators with the authority to exert…

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25 young African agripreneurs advance to ‘boot camp’ in the African Development Bank’s $120,000 AgriPitch Competition

The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their agribusiness proposals online to a panel of experts and investors who will select the winners

Twenty-five young African agripreneurs have advanced to the “boot camp” final round of the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) AgriPitch competition, stepping closer to a share of $120,000 in seed funding prizes, training and other benefits. The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their…

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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…