US$800 million of AfDB to address Africa’s climate resilience

US$800 million of AfDB to address Africa’s climate resilience

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is expected to channel US$800 million in the next 10 years through its ClimDev Africa Programme to address climate resilience issues in Africa.

This emerged at the third annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) held on 21-23 October 2013 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Tunis-based pan-African institution, which under its Climate Change Action Plan, is investing up to US$10 billion between 2011 and 2015, said Clim-Dev Africa sought to strengthen the capacities of Africa’s climate institutions to be able to generate and widely disseminate appropriate, useful and useable climate information.

Additionally, the programme seeks to enhance the capacity of Africa’s policy makers to be able to use such data routinely in developmentplanning, it added.

Addressing more than 500 delegates that included government officials, policymakers, academics, scientists,  researchers, civil society groups, the media and farmers,  AfDB vice-president Aly said Africa needed to change its development trajectory in order to win its fight against both poverty and climate change.

Futhermore, Abou-Sabaa called on the continent to use proven cost-efficient and effective technologies in addressing the various challenges it was facing.

These challenges, he said, include energy needs of a growing population, greenhouse gas reduction agenda, growing cities and the need for adequate and sustainable urban services like water, housing, waste management, transport, food.

It is believed that more than 300 million people in Africa have no access to safe drinking water, more than a century after its independence from the European colonial masters.

The continent is also grappling with issues such as housing and high food prices, as the growing population have less food to eat and lack adequate housing to sleep in.

The conference was organised under the auspices of the ClimDev-Africa, a joint initiative of AfDB, African Union Commission (AUC),  United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

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