HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY

HAPPY WOMEN's DAY

Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

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Launch of the PADES-USAID/UKAID-ACCELERE Project in the Education Sector

The Regional Office of the African Program for the Economic and Social Development- PADES Southern Africa has officially launched a new Education Project titled '' Support in School desks at twelve schools and in Income Generating Activities(IGA) of 480 parents of vulnerable childrens to provide Access and Retention in the Lubumbashi 4 township''.

The Project is funded by USAID/UKAID ACCELERE programme implemented by CHEMONICS in the Democratic Republic of Congo for one year.

Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program

BACKGROUND

The Japan Africa Scholarship (JADS) Program – capacity building in energy sector through skills development for sustainable development– is a joint initiative by the AfDB and Japan that aims at providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in priority development areas on the continent and abroad (including in Japan). This JADS program is funded by the Government of Japan. The overarching goal that the AfDB and the Government of Japan seeks to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in a number of priority areas pertaining to science and technology with a special focus on the energy sector. JADS’s objectives are aligned with the Bank’s High 5 agenda (i.e. Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives to Africa and the 6th Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD VI) outcomes.

 

ABOUT THE JADS PROGRAM

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

For more information and to apply to this opportunity before the deadline, please clic here

Evaluating for greater impact of the Africa 2063 Development Agenda

“Learning constructively from past successes, the African Development Bank considers mistakes and experiences critical building blocks and tools for promoting accountability in development work, and key to more powerful development impact.”

The African Development Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) officially opened its biennial Development Evaluation Week on Thursday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, attended by more than 400 government policy- and decision-makers, representatives from development partners, research and academic institutions, evaluation associations and civil society. Bank shareholders, management and staff are also attending the three-day event.

IDEV Evaluation Week 2018, examines the contribution evaluation can make to achieving greater development impact in Africa through learning from the past. The event kicked-off on Wednesday with a knowledge café focusing on evaluations for greater impact in Bank operations, a professional development workshop on gender and evaluation, and a discussion on the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/DAC) evaluation criteria.

The African Development Bank’s High 5 priorities -Light Up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Integrate Africa; Industrialize Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa- complement Africa’s ambitious 2063 targets, seek to plug the continent’s infrastructure gap and catalyze development projects that will lift the future generation out of poverty.

Many African countries on the path to transformation, struggle with the ability to develop measurable outcomes, indicators and objectives that remain relevant and efficient. Central to the ability to successfully drive the transformation, will be effective monitoring and evaluation tools that give governments the opportunity to learn from successes and failures.

“Learning constructively from past successes, the Bank considers mistakes and experiences critical building blocks and tools for promoting accountability in development work, and key to more powerful development impact,” Vice President Pierre Guislain said in welcoming remarks made on behalf of Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, at the opening session.

IDEV evaluations and knowledge activities are critical to informing the strategic direction required for delivering high impact results on the Bank’s High 5’s. They provide evidence-based knowledge upon which decision makers and implementers can base policies, strategies and frameworks for charting their course towards achievement of economic and social prosperity for all.

“The Bank’s strength is that it can assist countries to create a conducive framework for evaluation,” said South African Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who gave the opening keynote speech. “We need a collaborative effort of evaluators and implementers to achieve Agenda 2063,” she continued, “Africa has the capacity; we will and must succeed to reach the Africa we want”.

The Evaluation Week participants will discuss some of the most urgent issues on Africa’s development agenda, such as the role of PPP’s in infrastructure development, and agricultural value chains in achieving inclusion, examining what the lessons learned from evaluations are, and how they can be put into action, especially in those sectors critical to eradicating poverty.

IDEV’s project cluster and thematic evaluation of nine Bank Agricultural Value Chain Development (AVCD) projects worth about $USD 4.3 billion during the period 2005-2016, examined their relevance, inclusiveness, effectiveness and sustainability. The results offer informative lessons on what worked well, what did not and why. Agriculture lies at the heart of the Bank’s Feed Africa initiative, and it is important to create sustainable agricultural systems, which link farmers to emerging economies and promote financial inclusion.

The reports established that the AVCD projects maintained high relevance to member countries, Bank strategies and target populations, but in many instances, there was insufficient analysis in design of AVCD projects and approaches. Other snags were seen in ensuring inclusiveness, and a lack of consideration of the value chain as a whole.

The discussion on PPPs, another key engine for economic growth, particularly in the Bank’s Industrialize Africa initiative, also uncovered many lessons, such as a lack of legal and regulatory frameworks for the private sector, lack of access to medium and long-term finance for private sector development, and the importance of trust between the public and private sector. PPPs typically offer countries more flexible opportunities for financing in agro-industries, high value, semi processed or processed exports, among others.

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