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AfDB Launches Urban Infrastructure, Climate Adaptation Study in Djibouti

ADDIS ABABA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched an Integrated Urban Infrastructure and Climate Adaptation Study Project in Djibouti’s capital.

The study, launched late last month, “will lead to a roadmap for improving access to resilient urban infrastructure and basic services,” the Bank said on Tuesday.

It also entails building institutional capacity for inclusive and participatory urban planning and management while addressing gender disparities, according to AfDB.

The Djibouti Roads Agency is tasked with the implementation of the three-year project financed by a $3.8 million grant from the African Development Fund, the AfDB Group’s concessional lending window for low-income African countries.

A delegation to Djibouti for the launch event had separate talks with Djibouti government officials on the benefits of the African Disaster Risk Management Financing Program (ADRiFi).

At a meeting with Djibouti’s Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank, Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, the delegation outlined the objectives and components of the ADRiFi program, pointing out that it will provide Djibouti with better cover against flood risks.

The delegation indicated that the program would also build the capacity of national stakeholders involved in disaster risk management and help develop a national disaster risk financing strategy.

In his remarks, Minister Dawaleh expressed his approval for Djibouti’s participation in the program.

In February 2023, the AfDB adopted a new 2023-2027 Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the East African nation in support of its efforts to promote inclusive growth by focusing on accelerating structural transformation and economic diversification.

As of 31 May 2023, the AfDB’s active portfolio in Djibouti amounted to $87 million, covering 11 projects in the transport, energy, social, governance and agriculture sectors.