It is essential for Africa to develop the skills of its workforce and invest in its multiple local talents if the continent is to succeed in its digital revolution. Proparco, AFD Group's private sector subsidiary, supports Andela, a start-up that trains an elite group of developers.
In Okpoma, in the south-east of the country, a new drinking water treatment plant was commissioned in early December 2017. Water is central to AFD’s action in a country where 4 inhabitants in 5 do not have secure access to drinking water.
On 13 and 14 October, 1,000 young entrepreneurs from 54 African countries met at the annual forum of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) in Lagos, Nigeria. With AFD’s support, the businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu is pursuing his ambitious objective of launching the careers of 10,000 young entrepreneurs.
In Nigeria, more than 350 billion cubic feet (SCF) of gas are burned through flaring each year. This waste of energy is also responsible for more than 15% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. AFD is exploring how to recover this gas and how it can be sold on the domestic market.