The African Development Bank is the Group’s parent organization. The Agreement establishing the African Development Bank was adopted and opened for signature at the Khartoum, Sudan, conference on August 4, 1963.
This agreement entered into force on September 10, 1964. The Bank began effective operations on July 1, 1966. Its major role is to contribute to the economic and social progress of its regional member countries – individually and collectively.
As of 31 December 2011, the African Development Bank’s authorized capital is subscribed to by 77 member countries made up of 53 independent African countries (regional members) and 24 non-African countries (non-regional members).
The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host Friday, May 10th, 2013 “THE AfDB Gender Forum” with the presence of several internationally renowned personalities at the Ramada Plazza Hotel Gammarth.
This first edition organized by the African Development Bank will be held to promote the advocacy of the first development finance institution on the continent in this sector.
The participants, including African Ministers in charge of gender, representatives of international institutions, the private sector, and experts from civil society will discuss the content of institutional and economic reforms to promote more equality and to improve the legal status of the African women. In addition, the meeting will focus on highlighting the best practices observed in recent years on the continent as in the private sector, civil society and governments.
The Forum will be held all day on Friday, May 10, 2013 with three panels of discussions:
1-Promoting Sustainable Reforms for Improved Gender Equality in Africa
2-Advancing the legal status of women
3-Highlights of Good Practices
The African Development Bank places the promotion of gender equality at the heart of its development strategy on the continent for the next ten years, a strategy based on green and inclusive economic growth.
It should be noted that in recent years, many African countries – such as the African Development Bank, have taken important steps in integrating gender issue in their national strategies and programs.
However, efforts are still needed; the key obstacle remains the insufficient capacity to translate these political commitments into concrete actions.
“THE AfDB Gender Forum” will allow participants to think and discuss the processes aiming to improve the current diagnosis of gender equality in Africa.
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