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MDG Progress Reports: Africa

October 1, 2014

Performance on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has varied by country and region; some regions are closer to meeting the targets, while others such as Africa are not as close. But Africa has accelerated progress on the MDGs despite unfavourable initial conditions, being the region with the lowest starting point. Thirty-four out of 54 countries that are classified as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in the African region, representing a disproportionate share of low-income countries (LICs). It is therefore inappropriate to assess the continent's performance on the same basis as the more advanced regions; when assessments take into account the initial conditions of the continent, it emerges that the pace of progress on the MDGs in Africa has accelerated since 2003. Indeed, an assessment of performance based on effort reveals that eight of the top ten best performers (i.e. those experiencing the most rapid acceleration) are in Southern, East, Central and West Africa. Burkina Faso ranked the highest in MDG acceleration. Furthermore, progress was more rapid in LDCs than in non-LDCs.

2nd African Women's Summit, 2012

May 13, 2014

The second African Women's Economic Summit, AWES 2012, an initiative of New Faces New Voices in partnership with the African Development Bank took place from the 12-14 July 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Summit brought together a high-level audience of African and global decision makers, regulators, stakeholders and innovators in government, business and civil society from all five regions of the African continent and beyond. It sought to find more innovative ways to accelerate the growth of the female economy and support development imperatives on the continent. Sessions focused on Increasing Women's Access to Finance; Strengthening the Female Economy in Africa; Beyond Micro-enterprises; The Challenge of Capital Deployment; Multiplying the Faces and Amplifying the Voices of Women; Government-Led Efforts To Promote Financial Inclusion For Women; Financial Innovation: Leveraging on Cell-phone Banking; and Changing Mindsets: Raising Awareness About Unconscious Bias.

Analysis of Gender and Youth Employment in Rwanda

May 1, 2014

This study focuses on labor outcomes of women and youth?the former have moved into low-quality employment, while the latter have high rates of underemployment. Labor market outcomes are examined through geographic analysis and a study of factors affecting employment at the individual level. The analysis is based on cross-sectional data collected by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR). The study uses the two most recent waves of the nationally representative household surveys for 2005/06 and 2010/11. The other source was the 2010 Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey. The methods used to meet the study objectives were a literature review of previous work on the Rwandan labor market, participation profiling via a descriptive analysis, and econometric analysis of determinants of employment outcomes.

Republic of Ghana Country Strategy Paper 2012-2016

April 1, 2013

This report aims to propose a Bank Group's strategy for supporting Ghana's development efforts over the period 2012 -- 2016. Several factors make a new Bank country strategy for Ghana particularly timely at this moment. These include the enormous challenges the country still faces in its development trajectory in spite of its impressive growth in the last decade, the recent adoption by the Government of the "Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda" (GSGDA), the promising developments the country is experiencing in its economic prospects, including becoming an oil producer, attracting interest from BRICS, and the recent completion by the Bank and other development partners of a number of key knowledge products. All these combined provides an opportunity for the Bank and Ghana to lay the foundations for a renewed partnership.

Inagural Arican Women's Economic Summit

March 10, 2010

The African Women's Economic Summit was held on 19 and 20 March 2010 in Kenya. The following were the objectives and outcomes of the summit:To identify the opportunities and challenges of expanding women's access to financial products and services and advancing women within the management and leadership structures of financial sector institutions;To expand innovations in order to massively expand the amount of finance and the scale of outreach of financial to women as retail consumers of finance and as owners of businesses;To identify measures that will ensure that women take their rightful place as decision makers within the governance and management structures of national, regional, continental and global financial institutions; andTo collectively identify the leadership needed to introduce new ways of thinking and the action required to build an African Financial system more inclusive of women.Participants included Murangaza Jacqueline Bisimwa from Women Entrepreneurs Association of the DRC and Ms. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Minister of Trade, Rwanda.

Programme d'Appui Budgétaire pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté

November 1, 2008

The report investigates the Africans Development Fund program in the consolidation of peace.