Africa Investments 

Solar technology helps women farmers in Tanzania cut post-harvest losses

Women farmers in Tanzania have harnessed solar technology to reduce post-harvest losses, enhancing food security, panelists learned at an African Development Bank event held February to launch its Gender and Energy brief on the status of gender mainstreaming in Tanzania’s energy sector. The brief aims to provide recommendations that will inform policymaking by government and other stakeholders. Increasing gender equality in access to energy is expected to create jobs and other opportunities for women in Tanzania’s energy sector. The Bank organized the virtual workshop in cooperation with the Climate Investment…

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Aswan Forum: Put healthcare, including vaccines, at the center of rebuilding Africa back better and more resilient – WHO, African Development Bank,…

Africa must protect itself against future pandemics and other shocks through higher investment in primary healthcare and increased local manufacturing of key medical products, panelists at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development urged on Monday. Egypt hosted the virtual, second edition of the meeting, titled Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better’. A significant part of the discussion centered on providing access to COVID-19 vaccinations and to healthcare more generally. This is not the first pandemic and it is not going to be the last,” said Egypt’s…

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Aswan Forum: Put healthcare, including vaccines, at the center of rebuilding Africa back better and more resilient – WHO, African Development Bank,…

Africa must protect itself against future pandemics and other shocks through higher investment in primary healthcare and increased local manufacturing of key medical products, panelists at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development urged on Monday. Egypt hosted the virtual, second edition of the meeting, titled Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better’. A significant part of the discussion centered on providing access to COVID-19 vaccinations and to healthcare more generally. This is not the first pandemic and it is not going to be the last,” said Egypt’s…

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Africa Investments 

Aswan II Forum: African leaders identify security and health challenges to the continent’s recovery

The second edition of the Aswan Forum on peace, security and development opened on Monday, 1 March in Cairo, Egypt, with African leaders identifying insecurity and the burden of debt as the most pressing challenges to the continent’s post-COVID development. The virtual opening session, chaired by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was on the subject of “Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better”. The African Development Bank is a strategic partner of the Forum, which runs until 5 March. Africa is grappling with health and economic challenges inflicted by…

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Africa Investments 

Zambia: The Bank helps cushion the impact of COVID-19 with livestock and aquaculture projects

The African Development Bank has helped communities in Zambia acquire goods worth around $450,000 since mid-2020 to cushion vulnerable people from the impact of COVID-19. In the Nakonde district on the Tanzanian border, the Bank authorized the Zambian government to set aside $200,000 from a livestock project that was near completion to procure and distribute COVID-19 relief packages of food, livestock, farming inputs and medical materials. The relief packages included 600 goats, 44 cattle, 2,000 chickens, 13 metric tonnes of chicken feed, 520 kilos of pasture seeds and two egg…

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Africa Investments 

Zambia: The Bank helps cushion the impact of COVID-19 with livestock and aquaculture projects

The African Development Bank has helped communities in Zambia acquire goods worth around $450,000 since mid-2020 to cushion vulnerable people from the impact of COVID-19. In the Nakonde district on the Tanzanian border, the Bank authorized the Zambian government to set aside $200,000 from a livestock project that was near completion to procure and distribute COVID-19 relief packages of food, livestock, farming inputs and medical materials. The relief packages included 600 goats, 44 cattle, 2,000 chickens, 13 metric tonnes of chicken feed, 520 kilos of pasture seeds and two egg…

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Development Health Advice 

Untreated hearing loss threatens nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide – WHO 

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) report, launched ahead of World Hearing Day 2021 on Wednesday, says that in less than 30 years, nearly 2.5 billion people globally face the threat of hearing loss – at least 700 million of whom will require ear and hearing care as well as other rehabilitation services, unless action is taken.  That figure would mark a significant increase from the current 430 million people worldwide who are experiencing “disabling hearing loss”.   .@WHO’s first World Report on Hearing 👂🏽 warns 1⃣ in 4⃣ people will have…

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Africa Investments 

African Development Bank provides $320 000 in grant funding to mainstream gender in ECOWAS’ digital financial operations

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has awarded a grant of $320, 535 to the West African Monetary Agency to mainstream gender in ECOWAS’ core digital financial services (DFS) regulatory frameworks. The funds will support a gender gap analysis of several WAMA strategies including those for financial inclusion; gender disaggregation data analytics; digital payment services and infrastructure; and digital identity.  The project, to be executed over a three year period, will potentially affect 350 million people in all 15 ECOWAS nations:  Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Cabo…

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Africa Investments 

“I AM #AFAWA” Virtual Event

What: “I AM #AFAWA” Webinar Who: Gender, Women & Civil Society Department of the African Development Bank and African Guarantee Fund (AGF) When: 8 March 2021, 11.00 to 13.00 GMT Where: Online via Zoom – Click here to register for free http://bit.ly/AFAWAiwd2021 The Gender, Women and Civil Society Department of the African Development Bank Group will host a virtual webinar in partnership with the African Guarantee Fund on Monday, 8 March 2021, called “I AM #AFAWA”. This virtual event, organized on International Women’s Day, marks the start of implementation of…

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Development Health Advice 

Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners

Speaking after Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia received their first round of AstraZeneca(AZ)/Oxford jabs, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the distribution of vaccines “has not been as equitable as we would have liked, but it has certainly been more equitable than it would have been otherwise”. Challenges on the ground The COVAX collective planned to deliver 11 million doses this week, Tedros continued, before cautioning that that “we still have many challenges to overcome, including the local production barriers relating to intellectual property”. Countries…

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