African Countries Win Fresh OFID Aid

The OPEC Fund for International Development has decided to award more than $56 million in loans and $6 million in grants to a number of African countries.

The loans include:

- $11.92 million for the Agricultural Value Chain Development Program in Burundi.

- $10 million to build the 38-kilometer Bikoula-Djoum road in Cameroon.

- $6 million to expand electricity coverage to include disadvantaged areas in Gambia’s Kanifing municipality and rural settlements.

- $15 million for a rural electrification project in Kenya.

- $13.53 million to boost incomes and livelihoods of households involved in artisanal fishing in Mozambique.

The grants comprise:

- $2 million to support a World Health Organization project to combat HIV in Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- $1.5 million will help fund an International Fund for Agricultural Development food security and livelihood enhancement program in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.

- $1.2 million for eight research centers.

- S$1 million to help upgrade a laboratory network for diagnosing tuberculosis in eight African nations.

- $250,000 to back a Shell Foundation initiative to provide light for low-income households in Kenya and Tanzania.

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