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AfDB opens up to young professionals

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
AFRICAN Development Bank (AfDB) has issued a call to young people who are interested in joining the continent’s premier finance institution under its Young Professionals Program (YPP).
The YPP offers a unique opportunity to young people with a passion for development to participate in offering solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.
AfDB senior vice-president Charles Boamah says they value the input of the young professionals and want to factor them in the decisions the bank makes.
“We want to hear from you directly…We will factor all of your comments into the decisions we make,” Mr Boamah said in a statement.
The AfDB’s training is aimed at imparting skills that young people in the YPP need to become development experts. The programmes range from communication skills to project management, investment appraisal, leadership skills, as well as a flagship postgraduate diploma in development with a reputable university.
Young professionals are assigned mentors who lend their professional and personal experience to help the recruits navigate their careers.
The bank’s last YPP recruitment exercise attracted over 7,000 applications from all over the world who were aged between 27 and 31. There was a bias towards women, who eventually formed 60 percent of the successful candidates.
And YPP coordinator Kolawole Olugboye said the recruitment process was designed to attract motivated, talented young professionals committed to making a difference on the African continent. It forms part of the bank’s talent management plan on building a workforce of the future for the bank.
“The successful YPs will be largely based at the bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, but also have the opportunity to travel to the various country offices and projects across Africa. The programme also enables candidates to move across a range of business units in the bank to garner the skills to deliver on the job,” Mr Olugboye said.

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