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Source: African Energy Chamber |

German Energy Investors Have a Bright Future in a Post-Covid 19 Africa

The reshaping of the continent from 2021 onwards provides a great opportunity for German companies and technology to fight energy poverty in Africa

On Thursday, the Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) is organizing an exclusive webinar to encourage new deals between German and African public and private energy stakeholders. This is an extremely timely initiative. Covid-19 has accelerated several major trends and dynamics within Africa’s energy sector which are set to significantly increase the…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 update for 2 August

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 35 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3105

As of 1pm on 2 August, the Western Cape has 10 630 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 94 691 confirmed cases and 80 956 recoveries. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 94691 Total recoveries 80956 Total deaths 3105 Total active cases (currently infected patients) 10630 Tests conducted 421358 Hospitalisations 1450…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus: Mauritania to strengthen its COVID-19 Response

$70 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Mauritania in strengthening the response

The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a $70 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Mauritania in strengthening the response to the pandemic. The **Mauritania COVID-19 Emergency Development Policy Operation (DPO) **aims to protect the poor and most vulnerable and lay the foundation for recovery…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: COVID-19 Hinders Sierra Leone’s Growth and Girls’ Education Prospects as Government Implements Quick Response Program

The study recommends as immediate priorities support to students and families to cope with the crisis and ensure that learning continues while they stay at home

According to the new World Bank Sierra Leone Economic Update launched in Freetown, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the country’s medium-term growth prospects and the economy is projected to contract by 2.3 to 4.0 percent in 2020 due to disruption in global trade, travel restrictions and…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Coronavirus - Africa: Update - The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

These funds prioritize interventions to mitigate the pandemic and prepare communities in developing countries affected by and at-risk of COVID-19

New foreign assistance funding commitments continue to bolster the unparalleled global leadership of the United States in response to COVID-19. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion to benefit the international response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We continue to…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

Coronavirus - Eswatini: IMF Executive Board Approves US$110.4 Million in Emergency Support to The Kingdom of Eswatini to Address The COVID-19 Pandemic

The immediate priority is to support public health, vulnerable groups and businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified Eswatini’s existing economic and social challenges, leading to a sharp decline in growth and large financing needs; The IMF approved US$110.4 million in emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Instrument to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing the severe economic impact of the COVID-19…

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Communique of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group on the report of the High-level Panel for the Independent Review of the report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors of the Bank Group on the whistle blower complaint against the President of the Bank Group

The Panel concurs with the Committee in its findings in respect of all the allegations against the President and finds that they were properly considered and dismissed by the Committee

The High-Level Panel comprising of Mrs. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (Chair), Justice Hassan B. Jallow, Chief Justice of the Gambia (Member) and Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy, President, LFMcCarthy & Associates (Member) was announced on 1 July 2020. The High-Level Panel was given a period of two to four…

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Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors

Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

In Lesotho, An African Development Bank project enhances primary and secondary school education - report

The eight-year project focused on improving the quality of primary and secondary instruction and building skills to give young people access to better job opportunities

An education project in Lesotho, financed by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and implemented between 2008 and 2016, has provided the country with new primary and secondary school infrastructure and teacher training to enhance educational quality, according to a recently published report by Bank. The Support to Education Quality Enhancement…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Road to Annual Meetings: South African villagers find fresh water in ancient mountain springs

After undertaking a cost analysis of equipment to supply water from springs to village, community members pooled funds to buy it, and set up their water scheme

The village of Tsakhuma in the Vhembe district of South Africa’s Limpopo region is proof positive that communities can find solutions to their problems. Like many rural areas in South Africa, Tsakhuma lacked access to water for bathing, cooking, washing and chores, and the burden of fetching water fell on…