India: AfDB announces winners of Africa Development Impact Awards

Ahmedabad, india (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday unveiled winners of the Africa Development Impact during its Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India, with Lerato Mbele acting as master of ceremony and Nollywood actress, Omotola J. Ekeinde, handing over the awards.

At the occasion, 5 innovative projects in the High 5 areas were awarded the Africa Development Impact Award -- Morocco received the Light up and power Africa category with an innovative solar power plant project to scale up renewable energy capacity and Mauritania won the Feed Africa category for an irrigation project to increase resilience to climate change.
A total of 22 submissions were received on all of the High 5 areas covering the continent and rigorously assessed by experts.

According to the bank, the awards put a spotlight on the Bank’s ability to change people’s lives and celebrate its ability in doing so in key areas: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The Bank’s President, Akinumwi Adesina, underlined that “our business is to deliver lasting changes in people’s lives and this award is a recognition of our effectiveness.”

The Winners -

The award in the category of Light up and power Africa went to the Ouarzazate Solar Project in Morocco: This highly visible innovative solar power project contributed to carbon neutral growth in Africa. The public-private partnership operation scored high on innovation and sustainability.
The award in the category of Feed Africa went to the Hydro-Agriculture Project in Mauritania: This operation enhanced food security by improving agricultural production. The project scored high on the impact on farmers and had a strong results-based monitoring system.

The award in the Industrialise Africa category went to the East African Telecommunication project: a private sector operation that provided financing to a Special Purpose Vehicle. This entity financed an underwater submarine cable along the Eastern Coast of Africa. This project scored high on innovation, impact on the private sector and sustainability.
The award in the Integrate Africa category goes to the Fufulso-Sawla road project in Ghana: This road project was part of the regional corridor and had a wider developmental impact by improving mobility of people and goods. This project scored high on impact on the local population and sustainability.

And the award in the category of Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa went to the Tanzania rural water supply and sanitation programmme which improved the health and quality of life in rural parts of Tanzania through the provision of water and sanitation services. The project scored high on impact by improving the lives of rural poor and sustainability. Some best practices were also replicated in other Bank projects.
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