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Zimbabwe: $33 million African Development Bank clean water and sanitation project nears completion

14-Feb-2020 - Safe water access and cleaner waste collection are set to become a reality for vulnerable communities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as a Bank-funded water and sewerage improvement project enters its final phase. The Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP), a $33 million project is on course to rehabilitate and upgrade water production treatment facilities, water distribution, sewer drainage networks and wastewater treatment disposal facilities in the southwestern part of the city. The project...

In Morocco youth take up agriculture and make good money with African Development Bank support

12-Feb-2020 - In Morocco, the African Development Bank has helped thousands of young people towards a new future in agriculture. Abdelhak Boukhari, a young farmer said he learned farming from his father. "I started in this area in 1995 when I was very young. It was really difficult at first because I didn't have any land; I didn't have anything. I shared a plot with other farmers and after that I started renting land. It was then that I really got into agriculture as a career," said Boukhari.

On the Kenya-Tanzania border, the African Development Bank eases trade with One Stop Border Post

07-Feb-2020 - On the border between Tanzania and Kenya sits Namanga, a town of 16,000 residents where cross-border trade has thrived thanks to investment in a One Stop Border Post (OSBP). In 2007, the African Development Bank provided financing of $108 million to Kenya and $77 million to Tanzania with the objective of easing the flow of people and goods across the East African frontier through road improvements and the construction of a OSBP.

In Cameroon, new seed varieties help cocoa crops bloom and farmers thrive

05-Feb-2020 - Antoine Mani Tonye sinks his thumb into the red soil to gauge how deep to plant the next seedling. The Cameroonian cocoa farmer has seen healthy yields and an improvement in his income since he began planting a locally adapted seed variety developed in a laboratory in the capital Yaounde. “In its first year, my nursery has been the best. This should get me out of poverty,” said Tonye, who farms his own plot in the village of Azanzoa on the outskirts of Mbalmayo in central Cameroon.

Mali: African Development Bank support improves livelihood of rural youth

29-Jan-2020 - Momou Dembélé, 30, is a qualified electrician. Married with two children, she left her hometown of Kimparana, where she trained, for Ségou in central Mali. With her husband's support, she landed her first job with Moulin Moderne du Mali (Modern Mill of Mali, or 'M3'), which produces wheat flour and pasta products.

In Chad, the African Development Bank quenches the thirst of residents with clean drinking water

27-Jan-2020 - Izerik Moussa Idriss is a plumber in Kélo, a city in southern Chad. Today, when he hops onto his moped, he can go about his work knowing that at the end of the day he won’t have the stress and fatigue of trekking long distances in search of drinking water. “Seven years ago, it was hard for us to get drinking water. The water that was available was dirty and put people at risk of water-borne diseases,” said Izerik. “Today, things are much better. We have lots of taps and water supply points pretty much all over...

Trading thrives as new highway financed by the African Development Bank opens up northern Togo

16-Jan-2020 - Every Tuesday, Alemondji market in northern Togo swarms with people. Amid the throng, Burkinabe and Ghanaian traders offer clothes and kitchen utensils for sale. Others, calling out their wares, come from the nearby towns of Lawagnon, Moreta and Issati. Their stalls overflow with peanuts, millet, sorghum, sesame and beans.

Le corridor Lomé-Cotonou, financé par la Banque africaine de développement pour 109 millions de dollars, va bientôt changer la vie des transporteurs...

23-Dec-2019 - « A l’approche de la frontière entre le Togo et le Bénin, je croise les doigts pour passer le moins de temps possible. Je prie surtout pour que soit vite achevé le corridor afin de rendre la circulation plus fluide ». Accoudé à l’avant de sa remorque de 20 tonnes, Issa Diaby reste de longues heures à observer, au loin, les travaux de construction du corridor juxtaposé entre les deux pays voisins d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

African Development Bank’s digital skills training benefits women

13-Dec-2019 - 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.

Sénégal : la désalinisation des terres donne un nouveau souffle à la production agricole avec le soutien de la Banque africaine de développement

05-Dec-2019 - Dans la vallée de Boukitingho, en Basse-Casamance, les jeunes et les femmes s’activent dans les champs rizicoles. Tokyo, l’un d’eux, est tout heureux. « Grâce à la digue construite par le P2RS, nous pouvons labourer toutes les parcelles alors qu’avant, on ne pouvait labourer qu’une ou deux parcelles à cause de la rareté de l’eau », explique-t-il.

Sénégal : la transformation des produits locaux dynamise l’économie rurale, avec le soutien de la Banque africaine de développement

05-Dec-2019 - A Sanankoro, dans la région de Kolda (sud du Sénégal), l’apiculture est devenue une activité prospère. La COOPAN, coopérative des apiculteurs du Niampampou, qui a aménagé une miellerie de 65 m2 composée d’une salle de transformation et un bloc d’hygiène, tire profit du fort potentiel de la région.

In Togo, youth and SMEs receive the African Development Bank’s full support

29-Oct-2019 - In a large building located in the Vakpossito district, south of the Togolese capital Lomé, the main equipment in the Agrokom soya processing plant is fully operational. In a few days, this group of young people will deliver 200 tonnes of organic soya meal to an international client. “In 2011, we only produced 50 tonnes of meal for the local market. However, since 2016, our production has quadrupled, and we are now supplying the international market,” Daniel Komlan says proudly. Mr. Komlan is the managing...

Togo: African Development Bank provides $29 million for tax and customs modernization

28-Oct-2019 - Tuesday 1 October 2019. The Togolese Revenue Authority (OTR), the professional development institute, is officially opening its doors. There are 60 students in its first cohort, of whom half will specialize in customs and the other half in taxation. Supported by two projects benefiting from $28.9 million in funding from the African Development Bank, Togo is mobilizing significant resources to transform its tax and customs administration.

Zaria Springs to Life as African Development Bank Project provides 20,000 Households with Potable Water

23-Oct-2019 - “When the water was first released, we filled up our water containers, large and small, for the days ahead when the taps would go dry again. Surprisingly, the next day the taps were still flowing; they haven’t stopped since then.’ - Hauwa Sani, Housewife, Zaria City

Cameroon: three power plants financed by the African Development Bank to reduce power cuts

14-Oct-2019 - For many years, Cameroon’s national electricity supply has been notoriously unreliable and subject to power cuts. The last significant electric system outage, which lasted eight hours, occurred last March and affected several of the country’s regions (the Far North, North, Littoral, Adamaoua, South and Centre regions). However, three projects financed by the African Development Bank for $121.4 million in 2010-2011 are at last starting to provide long-suffering Cameroonians with much more reliable electricity.

Helping Ghana feed itself – pilot project bodes well for the region

27-Sep-2019 - Ghanaian Farmer Chief Tahiru Ibrahim Tahiru Ibrahim says he made his fortune off shea nut trees on his savannah land in Ghana’s northern region. So, Ibrahim was a bit skeptical last year, when he first heard about the African Development Bank’s Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation in the Savannahs initiative, or TAAT-S. The programme aims to convert some of the land into more commercially viable, no-till agricultural land for farming soybean, maize and rice.

Yaoundé aims for zero floods by 2020, thanks to funding from the African Development Bank

20-Sep-2019 - The Yaoundé Sanitation Project (PADY) has reduced the number of floods in the Cameroonian capital by five times (from 15 to 3). The project was launched in 2007 and financed by the African Development Bank, with the second phase starting in 2013. The goal was to eliminate floods by 2020.

Rwandan women making a difference at water treatment plant

19-Sep-2019 - About 30 minutes’ drive outside Kigali, the tidy capital of Rwanda, past lush forests, marshland and makeshift roadside stores advertising their offerings on hand-painted signs, a group of women are quietly making history. On a construction site next to the Nyabarongo River, the women are hard at work on a water treatment plant that will change the destiny of the country, as well as their own. Florence Ntibazakwirwa spends several hours a day bending steel to precise angles, after which the metal is used to...

Eswatini’s ‘flag lady’ on the road to prosperity

11-Sep-2019 - Senteni Mahlalela is a 27-year-old woman who lives in Ezulwini, in the northwest of Eswatini, the historical center of the kingdom. Since 2017, she has worked along the Main Road 3 (MR3), a major highway that links some of the country’s most important cities, such as Matsapha, Mbabane, Manzini and Ngwenya. The MR3 is one of the busiest roads in the nation, crossing from the east to the west of the country. It is also a major part of the road network in southern Africa.

Pretoria, South Africa: Bank raises awareness of rules on integrity and anti-corruption in two-day session

09-Sep-2019 - The African Development Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-corruption (PIAC) held a two-day session on 12-13 August 2019 with staff, consultants and contractors to raise awareness on the Bank’s rules and regulations regarding integrity and anti-corruption. The first day brought together staff and consultants based in the Southern Africa regional office in Pretoria and country offices, while the second day was designed for consultants and contractors working with the Bank.

“Prospects for Africa” great as new spaces open up for Tunisia’s youth in industry

06-Sep-2019 - Smartly dressed Maroua Khemiri is ready to start a busy day. The young engineer has secured a contract with Eleonetech in Tunisia, an electro-mechanical firm that specialises in producing cables and electronic assembly. Having risen through the ranks to become the first female project manager at the electro-mechanical firm, Khemiri’s achievement as a female engineer in this part of North Africa is rare, especially in the industrial sector.

Malawi: African Development Bank propels competitiveness of small businesses and cooperatives

03-Sep-2019 - Mega Signs and Media Ltd is today the first and unique printing company able to manufacture professional, directional and product signs and all-size billboards across Malawi. Based in Blantyre and Lilongwe, this local enterprise has expanded remarkably thanks to a “matching grant” of MWK40,000,000 (about $42,400) from the Competitiveness and Job Creation Support Project, supported by the African Development Bank.

African Development Bank supports government efforts on education for all in Malawi

27-Aug-2019 - Mangochi, Malawi, 27 August 2019: Agness Phiri is the deputy head teacher of St. Monica girls’ secondary school, located in Mangochi, a township near the southern end of Lake Malawi. The school hosts 318 girls.

Gabon: The African Development Bank’s funding improves conditions for those living by the country's main trunk road

23-Aug-2019 - Hermann Nzondo drives a taxi. He grimaces when he mentions the former National Highway 1: "Back then, the 119-km journey from Lambaréné to Mouila was not easy. You could only do it in a 4x4. But since they surfaced the road, a taxi can do the return journey in two hours instead of five”.

“African Development Bank $13 billion investment in Southern Africa is delivering strong results…Africa must not be under-ambitious!” Adesina tells...

19-Aug-2019 - The African Development Bank’s $13 billion investment in Southern African region since 2012 is delivering strong results across countries, the Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina said, addressing over 1000 delegates at the opening ceremony of the 39th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Summit. The theme for this year's Summit is, "A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-trade and Job Creation."

Rwanda’s women in tech: Leading the digital revolution

16-Aug-2019 - When she was a little girl, Jeanne Yamfashije wanted to be a doctor. Her goal was to make her parents proud and serve her people. The 29-year-old IT specialist did not become a doctor but she has certainly fulfilled her other wishes. For the past five years, Yamfashije has been working with a project that promotes science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among girls in Rwanda. The group, called Girls in ICT Rwanda, offers mentorships, boot camps and a competition to encourage innovation among students....

Mali: In Baguinéda, women and small farmers see rice yields soar with help from the African Development Bank

13-Aug-2019 - In Baguinéda, in eastern Mali's Koulikoro region, the lowlands on the banks of the river Niger stretch as far as the eye can see. Between two irrigated rice-growing areas, a group of women, together with their young children, are at work pulling weeds. Dramane Diallo, 54, works alongside them. Thanks to the the Koulikoro Region Food And Nutrition Security Enhancement Project of Mali (PReSAN-KL),funded by the African Development Bank, rice and cereal harvests in Mali’s  “rice bowl” have risen dramatically. And...

Namibia hails milestone as it launches expanded Walvis Bay Port

05-Aug-2019 - Namibian President Hage Geingob has hailed the expansion of the Walvis Bay port as a new chapter in the country’s economic transformation.

African Development Bank’s support of electrification changes habits and lightens the load for Guineans

31-Jul-2019 - For over a year in Conakry, the Guinean capital, and in several other major towns and rural areas in the country, habits have changed.  Like many of her compatriots, Arama Sire Camara, a fruit and vegetable seller in the province of Kindia (135 km from Conakry) is now much more confident and happy carrying on her business day and night. “With lighting on the road at night and illuminating our goods, it means we are safer, especially with all the cars on the road. You can work for longer after nightfall, and so...

Bank-financed project brings hope to water-starved Eswatini communities

22-Jul-2019 - The Ezulwini Valley in northwest of Eswatini is surrounded to the east by low mountains and is home to about 26,000 people. Currently the water supply in the area is both unreliable and inadequate.

The Bank’s ZimFund water and sanitation project clears the air in Redcliff

18-Jul-2019 - Forbes Muzanzi, a resident of Rutendo High Density Suburb in Redcliff holds a ‘temporary sewer pipe’ that transported sewage out of his yard before ZimFund phase II replaced all the small and broken-down sewer pipes in his area.

Namibia: African Development Bank grant gives life-changing opening for female freight forwarders

01-Jul-2019 - “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime” – Fabiola Hindjou, Namibian freight and logistics worker In the commercial department of TransNamib, the national rail company of Namibia, Fabiola Hindjou is responsible for the tariffs. She is in charge of assessing TransNamib’s local, regional and global transport rates and explores potential areas of growth for the company.

Côte d’Ivoire : le premier projet de pôle agro-industriel, financé par la Banque africaine de développement, pose ses jalons à Yamoussoukro

21-Jun-2019 - Le projet de pôle agro-industriel dans la région du Bélier (2PAI Bélier) est le tout premier agropole de Côte d’Ivoire. Financé à 80 % par la Banque africaine de développement à hauteur de 121 millions de dollars, il a pour objectif de relancer l’agriculture pour atteindre l’autosuffisance alimentaire dans une région en déclin économique depuis 30 ans, malgré un potentiel important.

South Africa: Women Walking the Road Less Taken, and Shining

06-Jun-2019 - Pumza Mbulekwua and Phie Nxumalo are working in male-dominated fields - construction and engineering. The pair both had their Bachelor’s degrees funded by Eskom, as part of its efforts to groom specialists to augment the workforce at its Medupi Power Station.

South Africa: African Development Bank Group Supports Skills Development in Eskom’s Medupi Power Plant

05-Jun-2019 - For many years, Sarina Malatji dreamed about helping out her community. She grew up in a community where few young people could afford an education. Today, she has not only educated herself, but she is also contributing towards the education of others. Malatji was raised in Limpopo Province where the scorching sun and bushveld disadvantage reign.

‘One of the best opportunities I received’ – Malawi student looks forward to being a teacher after studies funded by African Development Bank project

17-May-2019 - Cecilia Phiri is a student at Chancellor College in Malawi. Located in Zomba, about 300 km south of Lilongwe, Chancellor College (CHANCO) is the largest of the five constituent colleges composing the University of Malawi, which was established in 1965. Cecilia started her studies in 2014. She is majoring in Biology and Organic Chemistry.

Madagascar: African Development Bank supports women's empowerment and protection of the environment in Bas Mangoky

02-May-2019 - Farmer and single mother Bertine Mariazi’s life changed dramatically. Bertine Mariazy is a farmer in Tanandava, a rural town in Morombe District in south-west Madagascar.

Togo: African Development Bank helps to create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs

23-Apr-2019 - Since 2016, the African Development Bank has committed $1.7 million to the Project to Support the Employability and Integration of Young People in Growth Sectors (PAEIJ-SP) in Togo, which has helped create 35,000 jobs in agricultural SMEs. When Agrokom and Agricultural Growth Junction of Togo (JCAT) launched in the Togolese capital of Lomé in 2011, they each had around a dozen employees, very few of whom were young people. Agrokom processes oilseeds (soya and palm nut) to make livestock meal and edible oils....

African Development Bank leads reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in aftermath of deadly cyclone

15-Apr-2019 - The water is receding in Beira – Mozambique’s second largest city – weeks after the deadly cyclone hit in March 2019, leaving behind scenes of desolation and grief-stricken survivors. Tropical Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands missing.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and displaced. Thousands of...

African Development Bank: All-female Coding for Employment class to open doors for Nigerian women in tech

04-Apr-2019 - Sa’adatu Babayo and Esther Ayuba have more than being female in common: the two are proud participants of the first all-women Coding for Employment class, currently underway in Nigeria as part of a pilot scheme to broaden opportunities for African women.

African Development Bank helps to break down the barriers to free trade in Africa

01-Apr-2019 - A year after the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement ( AfCFTA)in Kigali by 49 African states, and following the ratification of the agreement by Ethiopia on the first anniversary on 21st March, only one more state is now required to reach the minimum requirement of 22 ratifying states. This will confirm its entry into force, contributing to the creation of one of the potentially biggest free trade areas in the world.

Malawi: From boreholes to public taps: rural communities to access improved water supply thanks to the African Development Bank

21-Mar-2019 - In the lakeside village of Kafuzira, in the Nkhotakota District of Malawi’s Central Region, the water taps are not yet running. In the dry season, the women and girls still trudge five kilometers to Lake Malawi to fetch water for their daily needs. Then when the rains come and fill the nearby water holes, they compete with domestic and wild animals for water from the same sources.

Egypt: Turning wastewater into wealth, the African Development Bank promotes green technology, climate change mitigation

15-Mar-2019 - Egypt is revolutionizing the nation’s water delivery and mitigating the effects of climate change with innovative green technology and state-of-the-art sludge conversion plants. The result has been reduced carbon emissions, renewable energy, effective anti-pollution measures and improved livelihoods.

In Western Zambia, community champions mobilize for better sanitation, decent latrines

06-Mar-2019 - Beauty Matomola is one of the champions of the Government’s Transforming Rural Livelihoods in Western Zambia project, financed by the African Development Bank.  A cheerful, energetic 34-year-old single mother of two, she is using her considerable powers of persuasion to help local communities achieve a low cost, high impact project in the region: getting her neighbors to build decent latrines. Thus far, she has persuaded 48 out of the 55 households in her village to build the improved toilets. “Open defecation...

African Development Bank delivers water and sanitation project to Eswatini’s Ezulwini Valley

28-Feb-2019 - Communities of Ezulwini Valley in north west Eswatini, will soon benefit from a water supply and sanitation project funded by the African Development Bank, ending challenges to potable water supply. With a population of about 26,000 people, Ezulwini Valley is known locally as the “Valley of Heaven.” Its soft, green hills and the 4,500-hectare Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary, established in 1964, has led to a rapid urbanisation of the valley and its surrounding region, as well as the growth of tourism in Eswatini....

African Development Bank Shows its Support to the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Economic Recovery

27-Feb-2019 - The Kingdom of Eswatini is developing its infrastructure, growing the private sector, and providing an environment that will attract foreign direct investments. The country’s development agenda, despite recent economic challenges, is fully geared to human capital development and improving the quality of life and the social well-being of its people.

African Development Bank in action in East Africa to provide continuous electricity supply to 1 million households

27-Feb-2019 - From Kenya to Tanzania, from Uganda to Ethiopia, the familiar sound of petrol and diesel generators is about to disappear from the daily lives of millions of Africans. These East Africa countries have faced regular major power cuts since the early 2000s.

Burkina Faso: African Development Bank committed to fighting malnutrition and poverty in the Sahel

18-Feb-2019 - Increasing numbers of women can be seen around the goat and sheep pens of Saria, in the province of Boulkiemdé, in Centre-West Burkina Faso. But not for the typical scenario - as animal herders; nowadays, they are there because they own them. One of them, Salimata Kaboré, runs a small penwith four animals- two ewes and two rams.

Madagascar: African Development Bank agriculture infrastructure projects revive local economies of Indian Ocean island nation

12-Feb-2019 - Two municipalities in Madagascar - Ambahikily and Andranomangatsiaka - are experiencing new leases of life, thanks to new water and irrigation infrastructure projects financed by the African Development Bank.

Zambia on track to energy surplus following major boost in electricity production

05-Feb-2019 - Zambia’s constant power cuts are now a thing of the past. Thanks to a robust hydraulic and solar power generation industry in recent years, the country is now self-sufficient in energy.  And, there is even better news for citizens of the South African nation- electricity production could soon be in surplus. Zambia generates practically all its energy production from its own primary resources: biomass, coal and hydroelectricity, with flagship plants such as the power station near the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam, in the...