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MapAfrica 2.0, interactive online project tracking tool. Credit: The African Development Bank

Last week, the African Development Bank (AfDB) launched an innovative and interactive online tool that enables the global audience to view a snapshot of how the Bank’s projects are contributing to the development of Africa’s economies.

The tool dubbed, ‘MapAfrica 2.0’ is an interactive online portal that shows where the Bank is making an impact on the continent — and how 800 of the Bank’s projects relate to its “High 5” development priorities: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the African people.

AfDB transparent with project benefits

The Bank said in a statement that the online tool will provide the Bank’s stakeholders a better understanding of how the Bank’s activities contribute to local development – and helps the organisation to ensure it allocates its resources to greatest effect.

The online tool was launched in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, during the second meeting of the Fourteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF-14), as part of the Results Measurement Framework presentation, the Bank said.

Simon Mizrahi, Director of the AfDB’s Quality Control and Results Department, said at the launch: “This dynamic tool enables the Bank to provide transparent and equal access to its work across Africa. It is an effort to showcase our results and to track our projects on the ground.”

“MapAfrica 2.0, which uses standards laid down by the International Aid Transparency Initiative, reflects the Bank’s commitment to openness, which has seen the AfDB ranked, in April 2016, for the third consecutive year as one of the world’s 10 most open and transparent organisations, by Publish What You Fund,” the Bank explained.

How it works

The tool was developed by the Bank in partnership with the information agency Development Gateway, and enables web users the ability to track the Bank’s projects throughout Africa, zooming in on a region or country and browsing the icons corresponding to the Bank’s “High 5” priorities, the Bank explained in a statement.

Jean-Louis Sarbib, the CEO of Development Gateway, said: “MapAfrica allows the AfDB to present its investments and results in a simple and more intuitive way, bringing the institution closer to the people they serve.”

“Donors provide billions of dollars in development assistance every year, but tracking the results has been challenging without information on individual development aid activities,” the Bank explained.

 

Featured image: The African Development Bank