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AfDB to provide USD25b to fight climate change in 5 years

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced on Thursday it would provide 2.5 trillion shillings (25 billion U.S. dollars) over the next five years to help in the global fight against climate change.

   Akinwumi Adesina, president of AfDB, said the bank currently provided 34 percent of its overall lending portfolio to projects aiming to boost the fight against climate change.

   Addressing at the One Planet Summit during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly, Adesina said there was need to create home-made financing mechanisms to enable local communities to cope with climate change.

   Adesina said the financing required to deal with climate change should come from the private sector.

   He said the funds should be directed towards renewable energy solutions to enable millions of people still unable to access electricity to be connected.

   “Africa needs indigenous models to finance climate change,” Adesina said, noting that AfDB had created the Africa Financial Alliance for Climate Change, which is meant to pool financial resources towards investing in efforts to fight climate change.

   Adesina said under the financial initiative, the bank was working with central banks to direct money to the climate change action.

   According to the AfDB, the central banks own some 1.2 trillion dollars worth of reserves which could be redirected towards renewable energy financing initiatives to help fight climate change effects.

   “We want countries to move away from coal power and we are investing in the green load facility to help move renewable energy,” Adesina stated.

   The AfDB, through its Desert-to-Power Initiative, currently seeks to produce solar energy from the Sahel region, to help some 250 million people to access affordable energy.

   The bank aims to generate 10 gigawatts of electricity by 2025 to reach some 11 countries within the Sahel, which extends from Eritrea and Sudan in East Africa to Nigeria, Mali and Senegal in West Africa under its desert to power initiative. 

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