A declaration of intent marking the foundation of the renewAfrica Initiative has been signed in Rome. It is an appeal to Europe to equip itself with a new tool to reduce risk and support investments in renewable energy for the African continent.
Renewable energy is the key to boosting the energy transition of the African continent. Only with sustainable and green sources will it be possible to respond to the growing demand for energy, triggered by faster and faster urbanization, and ensure energy access for all.
The Young Professional Program (YPP) will be accepting applications from June 1- June 30, 2019 for the 2020 YP Cohort.The World Bank Group (WBG) welcomes all qualified individuals with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Specifically, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The YPP is a unique opportunity for young professionals who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the WBG. The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources to name a few.
Despite the importance of reliable, affordable and clean energy for the achievement of all development goals and climate ambition, the world is falling short on meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 - ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, according to a new report released today.
The latest Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report shows global, regional and country progress on the three SDG7 targets of access to electricity and clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The report reveals electricity access is up from last year’s report, with 89% of people around the world now connected to some level of electricity. However, this means 840 million people in the world still do not have access, and 573 million of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.