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Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8): African Development Bank to complement Japan Africa Dream Scholarship with African Science, Technology and Innovation Fund – Dr. Adesina

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship program awards two-year scholarships to high-achieving African students to pursue post-graduate studies in priority development areas across Africa and in Japan

African Development Bank head Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, has commended the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Grant, established by the Bank and the government of Japan, for its support to the Japan Africa Dream Scholarship program. The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship program awards two-year scholarships to high-achieving African students…

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    • African Development Bank’s “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation” initiative wins National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award
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African Development Bank’s “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation” initiative wins National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence award is the third international communications recognition for the Bank’s TAAT initiative

America’s largest organization of journalists and media professionals of color has named the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) a “Salute to Excellence” award winner for the Bank’s communication around its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation program. The National Association of Black Journalists cited the Bank’s excellence in online media relations and…

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    • NEPAD-Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility and COMESA Secretariat launch market analysis for the Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project
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NEPAD-Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility and COMESA Secretariat launch market analysis for the Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project

The signing ceremony for the project took place on 13 July 2022, followed by a workshop for representatives of both institutions

The Secretariat for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) have launched phase one of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project, to be financed with a $550,000 grant from the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility Special Fund (https://bit.ly/3OzgvQ0) (NEPAD-IPPF) to support the market…

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    • Aissa Toure, AfDB Country Manager for Rwanda (in white) with other participants during the RASME launch
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Rwanda Joins African Development Bank-supported Remote Data Collection Initiative

The initiative is a partnership of the African Development Bank’s IT Department (CHIS), the World Bank’s Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision and KoBoToolbox Foundation

Rwanda has embraced the Remote Appraisal, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation (RASME) initiative, a tool that enhances project-related data collection in remote areas. It is the first East African country to do so and the seventh overall in the continent. The initiative is a partnership of the African Development Bank’s IT…

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    • Students at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, one of the countries where the Coding for Employment Program is being implemented.
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African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment Program Selects 500 Digital Ambassadors to Lead Peer-to-Peer Training Model

The Bank and its technical partner, Microsoft, selected the Digital Ambassadors from more than 21,000 applications received from all over Africa

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Coding for Employment program has selected 500 changemakers, 45% of whom are women, from four countries for the pilot Digital Ambassadors Program. The selected Digital Ambassadors will embark on a three-month course during which they will be equipped with in-demand digital skills, such as software…

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    • The Foundation will strengthen bilateral initiatives for local manufacture of pharmaceuticals, such as the recent partnership between BioNTech and Senegal’s Pasteur Institute to produce vaccines against Covid-19. Picture: Akinwumi Adesina visiting Senegal’s Institut Pasteur, January 2022.
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African Development Bank’s Board approves landmark institution: Establishment of African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation to transform Africa’s pharmaceutical industry

“Africa can no longer outsource its healthcare security to the benevolence of others” – Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a new groundbreaking institution that will significantly enhance Africa’s access to the technologies that underpin the manufacture of medicines, vaccines, and other pharmaceutical products. African Development Bank Group President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina…

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    • Vice Chancellor Professor Abiodun Adebayo of Nigeria’s Covenant University cuts the ribbon at a new Coding For Employment Center of Excellence on the university’s campus in Ogun State, Nigeria
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International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day: Coding for Employment’s new digital skills training centres to boost women’s opportunity in information and communication technology fields

The new centres of excellence are equipped with 50 computers, ergonomic furniture in classroom-style learning stations, and informal networking areas

The newest digital training centres of the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Coding for Employment program will set aside half of their initial training slots to women applicants, the Bank said on International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day. The Coding for Employment program, which equips African youth with…

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    • Digital financial solutions are key to reducing the gender access-to-finance gap in Africa
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We-Fi announces New Round of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs; $15 Million to the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility to Improve Access to Finance for Women-owned Small Businesses

The funds will enable the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility to design and implement programs to improve digital access to finance for women entrepreneurs

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi)  has announced a new round of funding under which the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI) will receive $15 million to develop and extend digital financial solutions to women-owned small and medium businesses in Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. This…

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    • Ms. Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative, (second from left), Mr. Felix Anoblé, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Handcrafts and Informal Sector (centre), and Mrs. Antonia Ngabala Sodonon, UN Women Representative in Cote d’Ivoire (second from right) at the Abidjan launch of the Blaatto platform
    • Minister Felix Anoblé (left) and UN Women’s Antonia Ngabala Sodonon signed an agreement for the management of the Blaatto platform during the launch ceremony
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Cote d’Ivoire: African Development Bank-supported Digital Platform will Support Women Farmers to Gain Access to Markets

The platform is part of a UN Women project in Cote d’Ivoire to strengthen women’s agricultural resilience to climate change

Women farmers in Cote d’Ivoire will more easily find markets for their crops, thanks to a digital platform recently launched by UN Women.  Blaatto (https://bit.ly/3k4dJFi), part of the UN agency’s Buy From Women initiative, is targeting women smallholder farmers and members of women-led agricultural cooperatives in the country’s central region…

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    • The Bank’s investment is expected to accelerate the creation of a new class of successful African entrepreneurs that will serve as a model to younger innovators
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Multinational: African Development Bank earmarks €10 million equity investment to drive technologies in the wake of Covid-19

The Bank’s investment is expected to accelerate the creation of a new class of successful African entrepreneurs that will serve as a model to younger innovators

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved an equity investment of €9.8 million to support venture capital investments in African start-ups, from seed to growth stages. Of the equity investment, €7 million will be sourced from the African Development Bank’s own resources; the additional €2.8…