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The AfDB Set to Cut Funding to Focus on Transport and Water

This decision is aimed at prioritizing areas that have the highest potential to boost economic productivity. The upcoming shift, scheduled from this year until 2028, will impact energy projects, as they currently rank third in beneficiaries of the pan-African lender’s portfolio for infrastructure funding in Kenya. AfDB says the two sectors will greatly boost Kenya’s job creation agenda given the intense human labour needed to complete the projects. For instance, the institution revealed that transport projects account for 37 per cent of the total funding to Kenya. Hence, the focus on roads will improve transit time. The African Development Bank (AfDB) had a total of 51 ongoing projects in the country as of July last year. Some of the big projects that AfDB has funded in Kenya include the $111.3 million dialling of the Kenol-Sagana-Marua Road and the Last Mile Electricity Connectivity programme meant to link low-income Kenyans to electricity.

SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER