Five innovative projects from accross Afrika were awarded the 2017 Africa Development Impact Award. The award is organised by the African Development Bank.

A total of 22 innovation projects were submitted for consideration.

Akinumwi Adesina, President of AfDB, emphasized that the AfDB's business is "to deliver lasting changes in people's lives and this award is a recognition of our effectiveness.”

An assessment group to rank the nominees was appointed by the AfDB and they selected finalists nd winners by using a process that involved assessment at regional level and in sector departments.

2017 Impact Award Winners

2017 Impact Award Winners

  • Light up and power Africa category: 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.

  • Feed Africa category: 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.

  • Industrialise Africa category category: 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.

  • 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.

  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa category: 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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