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African Development Bank Staff Council and Lion Club clean up flood-hit Ivorian community

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The plight of the Nemattoulaye-Attecoube area in Abidjan was highlighted by African Development Bank staff who, in collaboration with the Lion’s Club Abidjan Strelitzia, joined forces to provide much needed assistance and support to the area. 

Decked In rubber boots, gloves, masks, and aprons, staff of the African Development Bank joined forces with members of Lion’s Club Strelitzia Abidjan on Thursday to clean up Attecoube – an Abidjan neighborhood that suffered from devastating floods early this year.

Last June, a devastating flooding in Abidjan and environs left deaths and destruction in its wake.  Roads were degraded and houses destroyed.  Debris littered schools, homes, roads and gutters, leading to environment and health concerns.

The Bank’s Staff Council President, Babatunde Adenibi said the Council and its partners were motivated by the need to give back to the society as part of a broader corporate social responsibility culture.

“In addition to the clean-up exercise, the items we have donated will help the school and the community in general to keep clean,” he said.

For 10-year-old Sephora Zamble and 1,300 students of Ecole Primaire Publique in Attecoube, the effect continues to linger long after. Going to school had become a nightmare as parts of the school was still covered in massive debris. A double-shift school system introduced as a result of the flooding made students take turns to learn. Sephora’s school now wears a new look, bringing immense joy to her and mates, thanks to the clean-up exercise.

Over 50 volunteers went round Nemattoulaye, Attecoube clearing blocked gutters, roads, and schools. Tons of filth, including building rubble, soil and sediments, trees and shrubs were removed and disposed of in plastic garbage bags and disposed of in   special purpose tricycle trucks.

An excited Sephora said after the clean-up: “I feel good that this clean-up is happening. Learning in a dirty environment makes me sad.  We feel dirty when the school is dirty and often have diseases that our parents don’t have money to cure. I have friends who cannot come to school because our environment is dirty.”

The Staff Council (SCO) of the Bank launched the CLEAN-UP operation as part of activities marking the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day on the theme, “Clean up Attecoube.”

The plight of the Nemattoulaye, Attecoube area was highlighted by the African Development Bank staff Association who, in collaboration with the Lion’s Club Abidjan Strelitzia, joined forces to provide much needed assistance and support to the area.

In addition to the Clean-Up activities, the volunteers provided lunch for 1,300 pupils of the local nursery and primary school.

“I believe that the Bank and the Lions Club have the same concern which is improving lives of people in deprived areas.  When a group of people come together, roll up their sleeves and take action on a project to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing and an incredible feeling for everyone involved,” said Daniele Ouegnin, President of Lion Club International, District 403 A2, Zone 311.

“Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the word through kindness. It is how caring Men and Women serve together so they can make greater impact and change more lives.”

To help the community remain clean, the mission donated cleaning tools, including 3 wheel garbage trucks , large wheeled waste bins, brooms, brushes, rakes, wheel barrows, shovels, gloves, garbage bags, masks, various cleaning products and disinfectant materials.

Principal of Ecole Primaire Publique 2, Mme Akabla Aoussi described the intervention as timely, given that the neighbourhood needs the donated tools to clean up the environment.

“We want to thank you for choosing this place that really needs help. Our environment is water-logged and in need of interventions like this,” she said.

The corporate social responsibility activity supports the Bank’s overall assistance to its host country.

At the end of October 2018, the Bank’s portfolio in Cote d’Ivoire comprised 23 operations (11 national, 5 multinational and 7 private sector operations) for total net commitments of €1,162 million. The public sector accounts for 16 operations valued at  €1,218.03 million, while the private sector accounts for 7 projects worth € 261 million. Transport and energy sectors account for 65% and 24% of the portfolio, respectively.

Since 1964, when the Bank started operations in Cote d’Ivoire, it has participated in financing about 85 operations amounted € 2,845 million.

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IWD 2021: Temi Marcella Awogboro Choosing To Challenge Gender Bias and Inequality

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Temi Marcella Awogboro, Investor, Board Director & Founding Executive Director, Evercare (Source: Temi Marcella Awogboro)

IWD 2021: As an investor in the healthcare industry, I have witnessed first hand how women have stood at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators and as some of the most exemplary and effective leaders in combating the pandemic. It is no coincidence that the countries most successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to its health and broader socio-economic impacts, have been led by women.

However, the COVID-19 crisis has sadly highlighted both the centrality of the contributions of women, as well as the disproportionate burdens that they carry and the inadequate representation of women at the highest levels of decision making. Furthermore, in addition to persistent pre-existing social and systemic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged in the form of increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty.

I strongly believe the unique experiences and perspectives of women are critical in the formulation of decisions, policies and laws that work  for all. In light of this, I choose to continue to challenge inequality, subvert the status quo, be courageous in calling out bias,and questioning stereotypes, and to mobilize capital to forge an inclusive world. IWD 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

 

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IWD 2021: Oyetola Odyemi on Choosing To Challenge Gender Bias and Inequality

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Oyetola Oduyemi, Director, Public Affairs (Africa Region) The END Fund (Source: Oyetola Oduyemi)

IWD 2021: I am glad to lend my voice to this celebration of women everywhere, on this auspicious occasion of the annual International Women’s Day commemoration, 2021. I celebrate both women winning, and women struggling but pushing through. I identify with women that have borne the brunt of the ongoing pandemic – combining tough work deadlines with home-schooling children and family members. I empathize with women living in an inequitable world, and dealing with bias and exclusion, in different forms and with various nuances. We will keep hope alive and continue to work on co-creating a future full of promise for all, regardless of gender, circumstances of birth, colour of skin, or any other division.

As we commemorate this day IWD 2021 also, please remember that women are disproportionately affected by neglected tropical diseases – physically, socially, and economically. Women are biologically vulnerable, physically impacted and socially subjugated as a result of these neglected diseases; and nowhere is this truer than in Africa. I urge us all to apply gender equity lens, even as we join hands to tackle these neglected diseases.

Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 is underpinned by the principle of leaving no one behind; and SDG 5 calls for not only an end to discrimination against women everywhere, but also empowerment of all women, regardless of their socio-economic status. Together, we can and indeed should collaborate, to bring these goals to life. As we work to build back better in a post-COVID world, strengthening universal health systems, renewing commitments and galvanizing action to promote healthy lives and wellbeing for all, let us also work to end neglected tropical diseases as public health concerns. Specifically, let’s #choosetochallenge the status quo of women’s inordinate vulnerability to these diseases, and choose instead to protect women’s rights to freedom from neglected tropical diseases, and need to enjoy good health.

I choose to raise my hand and voice in this call to action for protecting women from the suffering caused by neglected diseases. I choose to raise my hand to help forge an inclusive world, free of neglected tropical diseases. As it is said, ‘from challenge comes change. So, let’s all #choosetochallenge.

 

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Sahara Group Leverages Transformative Innovation For Sustainable Performance

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Sahara Group Team (Source: Sahara Group)

Sahara Group, an Energy Conglomerate has released its 2019 Sustainability Report which reflects its commitment to achieving its corporate goals and creating shared value for stakeholders through economic development, protection of the environment and building a sustainable society.

Tagged ‘Transformative Innovation’, the report highlights how Sahara continues to leverage innovation and technology in achieving its corporate goals and sustainability ambitions across its businesses in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Director, Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Group, Pearl Uzokwe, said the Group had continued to foster partnerships and initiatives that have co-created a desirable future through innovation.

Uzokwe said: “We have aligned our business operations within our entities with the demands and expectations of our changing world – digitization – which in turn increases our competitive advantage for sustainable growth. Beyond measuring our performance in numbers and outcome, we have raised our lever of sustainability excellence by committing to more strategic partnerships and setting targets to achieve sustainable development from the micro to global scale.”

She said Sahara had aligned its operations and processes in furtherance of the urgent global transition to cleaner energy and low-carbon solutions. *Sahara entered an MoU with the United Nations Development Programme in 2019 to provide access to affordable and sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. This is in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 7. During the year, we were pivotal to the success of the United Nations Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) and joined hands with other stakeholders in  advancing the mission of the African Influencers for Development (AI4Dev), World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and other institutions in providing a better quality of life to the world.”

According to Uzokwe, Sahara launched its Green Life Initiative in 2019 in line with its commitment to fostering sustainable environments via the protection of the environment, promotion of a circular economy and recycling of waste within and outside our business. “Among other activities, we established a Recycling Exchange Hub in the Ijora Oloye community and executed upcycling vocational training for the conversion of tyres to usable products. In delivering more environmentally friendly fuels, we committed to complying with the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) standards – the only pan-African organization for the African downstream oil sector – in 2019, as we expanded our investment in the supply of cleaner energy in the form of gas, particularly LPG’” she added.

Sahara is a foremost provider of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Africa through West Africa Gas Limited, a joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). WAGL operates two 38,000 cbm LPG vessels, MT Africa Gas and Sahara Gas that are driving LPG access, security, and stability in Africa. Both vessels have supplied approximately 500,000 MT of LPG across regional markets since their acquisition in 2017. Sahara Group’s 2019 Sustainability Report reflects our economic, social, and environmental activities from January 1 to December 31, 2019. The report is our fifth sustainability report, and our fourth report written in line with the GRI standard. The 2019 Sustainability Report has been organized and presented in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The guidelines seek to achieve consistency amongst corporations reporting on their sustainability activities.

Please click here to access the sustainability report.

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