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Tanzania: African Development Bank’s $55 million facility to jumpstart private sector-led economic growth

Support from the Bank’s African Development Fund will bolster ongoing reforms being undertaken by the government of Tanzania

The African Development Bank (AfDB.org) has approved a $55 million facility to strengthen implementation of reforms to enhance Tanzania’s economic competitiveness and private sector participation in the country’s growth. These critical reforms will lead to a more vibrant economy, which will improve the living conditions of Tanzanians, particularly the poor…

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Sudan: African Development Bank approves $21.783 million grant for roll out of solar-powered irrigation

The project meets the Sudanese government’s renewable energy and poverty reduction objectives as well as the Bank’s High Five and Energy Sector Policy

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors (AfDB.org) has approved a grant to the government of Sudan to accelerate the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps in the country’s West Kordofan and North Kordofan states. The project will enable farmers’ adoption of renewable energy technology through the installation of 1,170 photovoltaic…

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Sudan: African Development Bank approves $60 million loan to support Elnefeidi Group’s agricultural expansion

The loan is expected to contribute significantly to food security, food import substitution, and household incomes by creating jobs and increasing local productivity and distribution

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved a $60m loan to Elnefeidi Group Holding Company to help finance its long-term agriculture and food expansion programme. The planned expansion includes increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing related infrastructure, food processing and distribution. It will directly contribute in developing Sudan’s livestock…

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African Development Bank’s digital skills training benefits women

The goal is to expand the program to 130 centres of excellence across Africa over a 10-year period

After graduating from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria with a degree in Communication and Language Arts in 2016, Olashile Odetola could not find a job. But an online learning program piloted by the African Development Bank has given her two “gifts”: digital skills and a sense of confidence. Odetola,…

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CORRECTION - African Development Fund (ADF)-15 replenishment: Donors commit $7.6 billion, a 32% boost from last replenishment, in support of Africa’s low-income, fragile, countries

ADF-15 will support Africa’s most vulnerable countries by tackling the root causes of fragility, strengthening resilience, and mainstreaming cross-cutting issues

Donors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Thursday agreed to commit $7.6 billion to speed up growth in Africa’s poorest nations and help lift millions out of poverty. This fifteenth replenishment of the ADF (ADF-15), up 32% from the previous cycle, sends a strong signal of trust in the…

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“Let’s address skills mismatch in jobs for the youth,” speaker tells African Economic Conference

According to Adamon Mukasa, senior researcher at the African Development Bank, under-skilled youth represented 28.9% of Africa’s population

The second day of the 2019 African Economic Conference, exploring ways to create jobs for Africa’s youth,  focused on the youth skills gap issue across the continent. The conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB.org) in partnership with the United…

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African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa launches “game changing” digital marketplace for the continent’s fashion creators

The aim is to connect suppliers, buyers, manufacturers and distributors to consumers and investors - to increase access and grow markets

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) flagship initiative, Fashionomics Africa, has launched the pilot phase of a digital marketplace to help Africa’s fashion designers, textile and accessories professionals connect with global markets. The launch took place on 25 November at the Global Gender Summit, a gathering of more than 1,500 representatives…

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African Development Fund (ADF-15) replenishment: Donors commit $7.6 billion, a 32% boost from last replenishment, in support of Africa’s low-income, fragile, countries

The Fund comprises 32 contributing states and benefits 37 countries

Donors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Thursday agreed to commit $7.6 billion to speed up growth in Africa’s poorest nations and help lift millions out of poverty. This fifteenth replenishment of the ADF (ADF-15), up 32% from the previous cycle, sends a strong signal of trust in the…

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2019 African Economic Conference: Work as one and listen to the youth to create jobs for Africa’s next generation, delegates urge policymakers

One of the highlights of this year’s conference was a session for young African entrepreneurs to share their work and ideas to shape the future of the continent

Africa must work as one to turn the continent’s ‘youth bulge’ into opportunities, delegates at the closing of the 2019 African Economic Conference said on Wednesday. The three-day conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, discussed initiatives for boosting entrepreneurship, improving the business ecosystem, access to capital and better infrastructure –…

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Fostering jobs, entrepreneurship, and capacity development for African youth: the time for disruption is now! (by Hanan Morsy)

The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) is held in Egypt and hosted by the Bank on the theme; “Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth"

by Hanan Morsy “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with…