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Africa Investment Forum: Family businesses - an underestimated economic driving force

Family businesses by nature often build lasting relationships, valuable in any investment climate

Family businesses are rarely viewed as a sector which could influence economic growth, but the Africa Investment Forum is recognising them as important players on the continent. For the first time at a conference of this nature, families running business empires have been given a platform to share their views…

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African Development Bank Group’s Board of Governors to hold fifth extraordinary meeting in Abidjan

The Board of Governors of the Bank represents the 80 members, including 54 countries of the African continent, and 26 across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia

Who: Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group What: 5th extraordinary meeting of the Board of Governors Where: Abidjan, Hotel Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire When: 31 October 2019 The Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB.org) will hold its fifth extraordinary meeting on Thursday, 31 October 2019, at…

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Kenya: African Development Bank Group approves loans of €209m for expansion of ‘Great North Road’

The five-year project will convert the 84km Kenol–Sagana–Marua Road in central and eastern Kenya from a two-way single carriageway into a dual bypass

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has approved loans of around €209 million to fund the expansion of a highway that links major economic hubs in Kenya. The approval was granted on 26 September during a meeting at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan. The total…

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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2019: Hands off our girls! African first ladies take campaign against rape, early child marriage, to UN General Assembly

The High-Level meeting follows a First Ladies Meeting on Combatting Child Marriage and Promoting Education of Girls in West Africa

Africa’s first ladies, led by Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio brought their campaign to ban early child marriage and sexual violence against women and girls before a global stage in a passionate appeal for the world to support their “Hands Off Our Girls! Campaign. In a no-holds barred conversation organized…

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UN General Assembly 2019: Scaling Up Nutrition Lead Group meets to chart way forward

The meeting of the group’s leaders took place at the UNICEF headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

“Energy, passion and a lot of young people who care about nutrition” will underpin the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement’s newest phase, alongside stronger private sector engagement, members of the Lead Group heard on Tuesday. The meeting of the group’s leaders took place at the UNICEF headquarters in New York…

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Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7): Digital Agriculture next frontier for economic development in Africa

“There’s risk, yes, but there are juicy returns, now is the time for all of us to run in that direction.” - Jennifer Blanke

Prioritizing the digital space will help shift the development focus for Africa’s agribusiness sector and overcome its many hurdles, participants at an official side event, organized Wednesday during the 7th Tokyo International Conference, heard. The seminar headlined “The Digital Africa 2020 and Japanese investment Panel: Creating markets to digitize Africa,…

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Africa: Sports as a Business and a Brand – by Victor Oladokun

Fans are choosing not to watch live football events, and instead are opting in increasing numbers for the 'intimacy' of their crystal clear digital flat TV screens, or not all

By Dr. Victor Oladokun, is the Director of Communication and External Relations at the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) At the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the visual imagery of  almost empty stadiums is a powerful narrative. But not the kind that African sports, African football, or corporate sponsors…

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Japan and Austria to support private sector climate change investments on the continent

The project will be implemented by the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank

The governments of Japan and Austria have approved a $1 million fund to strengthen the participation of the private sector in combating climate change. The funding will be channeled to the Africa Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) grant, which aims to expand the role of the private sector in the Nationally…

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African Development Bank Hails Canada’s US$1.1 billion pledge in callable capital support

The announcement comes a day after a meeting of the Bank’s governors in Washington D.C. to continue discussions on a 7th General Capital Increase

On the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF Spring meetings, Canada announced a $1.1 billion commitment in temporary callable capital to support the African Development Bank. Canada’s announcement, to be approved by the Bank’s governors, was made by Maryam Monsef, the Canadian Minister of International Development and for Women and Gender Equality.…

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“We are in a race with time to unlock Africa’s full potential” – Akinwumi Adesina, 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate

Donates $500,000 award to fight hunger in Africa

2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina has pledged to do more to advance Africa’s fight against hunger, poverty and youth underemployment. The President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), and co-Laureate Waris Dirie, a global champion against Female Genital Mutilation, shared the prestigious US $1million dollar prize at an…