Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity

The PwC report – Electricity beyond the grid: accelerating access to sustainable power for all – says a new approach is needed JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 24, 2016/ — PwC report says new renewable off-grid technologies, in combination with innovative business models and mobile payment systems hold the key to rural electrification. New approaches to… Read More Current approaches to offgrid electricity need to be changed to achieve universal access to electricity

UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2016/ — Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets”… Read More UN study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016 NAIROBI, Kenya, December 14, 2015 (APO) – People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited… Read More RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

The Value of Dual Citizenship for African’s Wishing to Take Advantage of Opportunities within the Continent and Abroad

It is estimated that only around 1% of the world’s population have two or more passports, making dual citizenship an exclusive privilege JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 5 October 2015/ —  “No man is an island” is the theme of this year’s upcoming Investment Agenda, being held in Johannesburg on the 20th of October. Leading investors, asset… Read More The Value of Dual Citizenship for African’s Wishing to Take Advantage of Opportunities within the Continent and Abroad

Survey Showing Demand for Entrepreneurship Training and Education in Africa

Survey Targets 1,000 Entrepreneurs Across Five African Countries NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24, 2015 (APO-OPA) – On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll (http://www.geopoll.com), the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the U.S. State Department released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in… Read More Survey Showing Demand for Entrepreneurship Training and Education in Africa

Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

  Government, private sector, mobile operators and development organizations convene to establish a plan for the future LILONGWE, Malawi, April 30, 2015 – Today, Malawi took a significant step towards creating a digital payment ecosystem in order to address poverty and drive inclusive growth. An event organized by the Government of Malawi with the United… Read More Digital payments in Africa: Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste By Ruediger Kuehr , Feng Wang A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang. Since the 1990s, electrical and electronic equipment have revolutionised people’s lives. And with ever-increasing technological innovation, their lifetimes are, on… Read More A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves

Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

One of the themes at this year’s African Development Forum, an UN ECA event, was new forms of partnership. The idea is to move away from development assistance and adapting to the realities of today. Global economic trends reflect the ongoing geopolitical and economic rebalancing in favour of developing and emerging economies, particularly Brazil, China… Read More Africa’s future trade relations link to the Global South

Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

Africa is growing at a steady rate and is on the path to sustainable long-term growth, opening up a number of investment opportunities. In fact, one-third of Africa’s countries have GDP growth rates of more than 6%. However, as discussed at the ECA’s Ninth African Development Forum, the resources required for Africa’s sustainable development will… Read More Taxes, not Aid: Africa Must Generate Resources

CGAP: What We Learned about the Poor and their Money in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire

Did you know that low-income people living in Côte d’Ivoire are more likely to save than those in Senegal? Or that the reverse is true when it comes to borrowing? These are just two lessons we learned after completing two surveys of low-income individuals in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire aimed at determining how people manage… Read More CGAP: What We Learned about the Poor and their Money in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire

Alliance for Affordable Internet launches to stimulate global policy reform to lower access costs to users

ABUJA, Nigeria, October 7, 2013/ — Today, a diverse group of private and public sector players came together to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI – http://www.a4ai.org), a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries. By advocating for open, competitive and… Read More Alliance for Affordable Internet launches to stimulate global policy reform to lower access costs to users

Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance

Is the current model of African democracy bad for growth/good public services? Conclusion from 5yr African governance study The Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) set out to tackle one of the most important and challenging development questions of the early 21st century – what sort of governance does Africa really need and how is… Read More Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance

African Economic Outlook 2013: Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation

Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 (http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org), released in Marrakesh. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org),… Read More African Economic Outlook 2013: Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation

European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 9, 2013/ — Based on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals experience and on an analysis of the changing international context, and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 (http://www.erd-report.eu) looks at key potential drivers of a post- 2015 global partnership, to tackle poverty in the poorest countries… Read More European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda

Global DHL CEO optimistic about Africa’s potential

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, March 14, 2013/ — “Africa is the last bastion for business globally and, over the next few years, will prove its potential as a stable, lucrative continent for international commerce.” These are the words of Ken Allen, Chief Executive Officer of global express and logistics provider, DHL Express. Allen is in Sub-Saharan Africa… Read More Global DHL CEO optimistic about Africa’s potential

Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent… Read More Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects

Brookings Global Working Papers | No. 50 | January 2013 Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD’s Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2) By: Arntraud Hartmann, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes F. Linn, Barbara Massler and Cheikh Sourang http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/01/ifad-rural-poor-kharas-linn The challenge of rural poverty and food insecurity in the developing world remains daunting. Recent… Read More Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects

DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

I recently updated DOCON, the Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation at http://www.docon.info. Here you can find service providers, consortium partners or employers. The list is sorted by country of Headquarters. Companies are listed world-wide, but I make an effort to cover the European Union Member States and the ACP African, Caribbean,… Read More DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

I recently updated DOCON, the Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation at http://www.docon.info. Here you can find service providers, consortium partners or employers. The list is sorted by country of Headquarters. Companies are listed world-wide, but I make an effort to cover the European Union Member States and the ACP African, Caribbean,… Read More DOCON 2013 Directory of Consulting Firms active in International Development Cooperation | www.docon.info

African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector | AfDB CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

TUNIS, Tunisia, February 27, 2013/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has laid out solutions some African countries are about to apply, with help from the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to respond to complex problems that climate change is creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy. The article, part… Read More African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector | AfDB CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

Intra-African trade and infrastructure development key economic growth

Addis Ababa, 06 February, 2013 (ECA) – Speaking at the 8th Session of the Committee on Trade, Regional Cooperation and Integration, Director Stephen Karingi of the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) highlighted that the future of African trade and infrastructure is bright, and that with… Read More Intra-African trade and infrastructure development key economic growth

Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

Study shows that internationally-focused SMEs are twice as likely to be successful as those only operating domestically CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, February 4, 2013/ — International trade and cooperation has become a key driver of small business success according to an in-depth and wide-ranging DHL Express study by IHS, the leading global source of information and analytics.… Read More Small & Medium African Companies Engaged in International Markets Prosper in ‘Global Village’ | DHL Study

Made in Africa TV | AfriGadget TV | African ingenuity on the Air

The production company Made in Africa TV is taking AfriGadget to the East African airwaves to inspire millions of viewers to become active creators of new and ingenious products, themselves. Made in Africa TV plans to produce AfriGadget as separate programs in each of the Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan television markets. A local presenter will… Read More Made in Africa TV | AfriGadget TV | African ingenuity on the Air

Made in Africa TV | AfriGadget TV | African ingenuity on the Air

The production company Made in Africa TV is taking AfriGadget to the East African airwaves to inspire millions of viewers to become active creators of new and ingenious products, themselves. Made in Africa TV plans to produce AfriGadget as separate programs in each of the Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan television markets. A local presenter will… Read More Made in Africa TV | AfriGadget TV | African ingenuity on the Air

Has Africa outgrown Aid? | Wolfgang Fengler’s blog

Africa’s emergence is the new consensus. For the second time in a just few months, a major international journal has run a cover illustrating newfound optimism about the continent. After The Economist’s mea culpa (correcting its previous assessment of a “hopeless continent”), TIME magazine just re-ran an earlier title: “Africa rising”. This is no fluke:… Read More Has Africa outgrown Aid? | Wolfgang Fengler’s blog