African Development Bank (AfDB) - Chad and Togo
100 imagesAlthough Chad shares borders with six other African nations, its connections with its neighbours have hardly been exploited economically so far. In 2016, the African Development Bank (AfDB) tasked us with documenting the gender impact of the new bridge they had financed, connecting Southern Chad with towns across the border in Cameroon. Our photographer journeyed to the border crossing to meet the users of the new bridge and visually document the Bank’s investment in local women’s economic empowerment. In this gallery, we meet Rosine, a single mother and fish seller. Many of these images constitute a photographic essay documenting a day in her life. Since the bridge opened, she has seen both her customers and her takings increase dramatically.
100 imagesFor this assignment, we deployed one of our photographers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south of Chad to visually document the ‘gender dividend’ of a newly refurbished highway, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB). These vibrant images depict the life-changing benefits of this repaved and surfaced road, once a dusty track, which connects the small settlement of Koumrah with the larger town of Sarh, over 100 km away. Our brief was to capture the road’s positive impact on women and girls in images that could be displayed in a photo exhibition at a summit hosted by the AfDB in Johannesburg, South Africa. One important place to visit for this purpose was the COFEMAK Women’s Cooperative in Koumra, the members of which produce shea butter. View the gallery to see how the improved transport route has opened up new markets for the cooperative, amongst other gender-related benefits.
100 imagesIn this gallery, we meet Djabo and her classmates. As the first female to graduate from Togo’s Regional Centre for Highway Maintenance Training in Lomé, Djabo has become a role model for other women in her community. After going on to work for a construction firm and successfully challenging her parents’ perception of ‘women’s work’, she has even appeared on television to talk about her experiences. The following year, 30% of the class were females. As funders of the training centre and its programmes, the African Development Bank (AfDB) commissioned us to capture images for a photography exhibition at its 2016 summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme was the ‘gender dividend’ received from its infrastructure projects. View the images for yourself, and get inspired by the strength of those women who are increasingly feeling empowered to challenge patriarchal norms.