Stephen Ashcroft Appointed the African Development Bank’s Director of Corporate Services and Procurement

The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stephen Ashcroft as Director, General Services and Procurement, with effect from 16 February 2022. Mr. Stephen Ashcroft, a British national, brings more than 25 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in procurement and related fields. He is joining the Bank after a career at AECOM, a Fortune 500 multinational infrastructure consultancy. His last role was as Commercial Director at NEOM, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest construction program […]

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African Development Bank Board approves new Water Strategy for 2021-2025

The five-year Strategy aims to increase water security and foster sustainable, green and inclusive growth and development in Africa The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a new Water Strategy for 2021-2025: “Towards a Water-Secure Africa.” The five-year strategy, approved on 17 November 2021, aims to increase water security in Africa, and to foster its sustainable, green and inclusive socio-economic growth and development. “This is a significant milestone for the Bank in terms of seeing water […]

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Finance in Africa report: green, smart and inclusive finance

By Nina Fenton, Claudio Cali and Ricardo Santos The EIB, in partnership with Making Finance Work for Africa, surveyed 78 banks in sub-Saharan Africa in early 2021 to see how they are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and to learn their views on climate risk, green finance and digital financial services. This work formed the basis of our new Finance in Africa report. The report also provides an in-depth analysis of the state of play in the microfinance, private equity […]

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South Africa: African Development Bank approves $57.67 million loan to Eskom to boost electricity generation from renewable sources

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $57.67 million loan to Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, South Africa’s public electricity utility—and Africa’s largest— to harness battery storage technology that will increase electricity generation from reliable and efficient renewable energy sources.  The Bank’s financing, a concessional loan, will come from the Clean Technology Fund, a multi-donor trust fund under the Climate Investment Funds. The pioneering Battery Energy Storage Systems Project is being co-financed with the World Bank […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind and solar for South Africa

  Mainstream Renewable Power-led consortium has been awarded 50% of the total allocation in the latest round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) The win makes Mainstream Renewable Power the leading renewable energy company in South Africa, with over 2.1 GW awarded under the REIPPPP to date The twelve projects, across onshore wind and solar, will generate enough clean energy to power a third of the annual electricity demand of the City of Cape Town […]

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Ford Wildlife Foundation supports African Wild Dog conservation

• The Kruger National Park has the largest contiguous population of Wild Dogs in South Africa • The African Wild Dog’s population is currently threatened by a combination of factors • FMCSA contributes to conservation actions by allocating Ford Ranger vehicles towards environmental and wildlife protection efforts South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to a number of endangered species, case in point – the African Wild dogs. Kruger has the largest contiguous population of Wild Dogs in South Africa. […]

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Case studies from Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and the Republic of Congo underline importance of regional integration to intra-Africa trade in wood products

Regional economic integration can boost trade in wood products among African countries, according to the findings of a new report produced by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank. The report, Intra-African Trade in Wood Products – Case studies from Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and the Republic of Congo, published on 19 May, explores the role that forest value chains can play in advancing Africa’s development objectives. The continent’s significant forest resources are under-utilized, the report notes. Also, despite […]

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The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa reports record number of transactions in 2020, secures $90 million in new funding

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved seven high-impact projects worth $54 million in 2020, its best year in spite of challenging Covid-19 conditions, according to its recently released 2020 Annual Report. SEFA, managed by the African Development Bank, focuses on green baseload, green mini-grid, and energy efficiency investments. The Fund, founded in 2011, transformed into a Special Fund on 31 October 2019. The report, titled Building Foundations for Success, also details the Fund’s success in attracting increased donor […]

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