The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting the first edition of the Africa Resilience Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on the 10th and 11th January, 2017.

The theme of the forum is tagged; “Delivering the High 5s in a Resilient Africa”, with six plenary sessions and multiple parallel breakout sessions delving deeper into fragility issues affecting the continent.

Some priority areas the Forum would focus on include: Light Up and Power Africa, Feed Africa (An Action Plan for Transforming Agriculture in Africa), Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The Forum is expected to garner more than 150 participants, including high-level government representatives, regional partners, international organizations and representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society, to explore how best to support African countries transition from fragility to resilience through knowledge-sharing, innovative initiatives, partnerships and joint-financing.

The AfDB is organising the seminar in partnership with several institutions, including the African Union, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the G7+ Secretariat and Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

In a separate development, the World Bank has resolved to partner with states that have keyed into the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in erosion prone areas.

The Senior Human Resource/Business Partner, Central and West Africa, in the World Bank, Chude Ezinwa, revealed this during the opening ceremony of a one week training programme organized by the World Bank in collaboration with Federal NEWMAP for NEWMAP States Project Management Unit.