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Rwanda is renowned as a pioneer for gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The country therefore seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
Le potentiel énergétique de l’Afrique est considérable. Mais ce potentiel doit être exploité pour répondre aux besoins énergétiques, de plus en plus importants sur le continent.
Aerial view of the Benban solar power plant (credit: Scatec Solar)
A 37-square-kilometer solar park so large that it can be seen from space, with over seven million photovoltaic panels, and funding of $4 billion. In Africa? Impossible? Not anymore. Thirty international infrastructure developers got behind this project, investing in Egypt’s massive Benban solar park, which will be the largest in the world upon completion. Among the investors is Africa50, established by the African Development Bank.
Blaise et Hélène Juliette Retrama habitent, depuis près de 20 ans, à Ankililoake, commune du sud-ouest de Madagascar. Au fil du temps, ils sont passés d’agriculteurs à grossistes, puis gérants d’un hôtel. « Nous avons commencé dans l'agriculture, se souvient Blaise. Après les récoltes, nous avons construit un hôtel sur le terrain que nous possédions. Maintenant, nous aimerions vraiment l’agrandir car nous recevons de nombreux touristes ici. »
In early 2020, Somalia, with support from the United Kingdom Government and the European Union, settled its arrears to the African Development Bank, paving the way for the lifting of 30-year old sanctions imposed by the Bank and the resumption of full engagement with the fragile East African country.
From Sudan to Mali, Senegal to Mozambique, and Zambia to Mauritania, women are changing the face of agriculture, adapting and innovating to tackle the challenges of climate change, and feeding the continent’s growing population. African women are actors along the entire agricultural value chain, as farmers, livestock breeders, food processors, traders, farm workers, entrepreneurs and consumers.
For the past five decades, the African Development Bank Group has been at the forefront of driving Africa’s economic transformation, leveraging its diverse resources and unique know-how as an indigenous development finance institution. The Bank has delivered on its goals of reducing poverty and fostering inclusive growth on the continent. We scaled up development support for our 54 regional member countries and recorded remarkable successes in recent years in our renewed push to help deliver life-changing impact to livelihoods.
For the past ten years, Africa has recorded some of the world’s strongest rates of economic growth. At the same time, many African economies continue to function at well below their full potential. Structural transformation is needed to create more jobs, reduce poverty and accomplish sustainable development objectives.
In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting global disruption, the 2020 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund will now hold from 25-27 August 2020 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The meetings were originally scheduled for May 25-29. Please visit www.afdb.org for updates on the 2020 Annual Meetings.
The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank will host a virtual seminar on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 to develop responses to macroeconomic policy challenges facing Africa nations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like elsewhere, African countries are not spared the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their national health systems, economies, trade, cultures, societies and livelihoods. The public and private sectors, individuals and communities are struggling to respond to the pandemic amid commercial lockdowns and disruption of income sources.