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By 2035, half of Africa's population will be urban, compared to just one third in 1990. This rapid urbanization creates growing challenges in terms of infrastructure and services’ needs, but it can also be a driver of industrial development on the continent, under the right policy framework.
Syngenta and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The African Development Bank has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to employing the continent’s youth.
The newly launched Mozambique Country programme by UNIDO has been lauded by the country’s Minister of Industry and Commerce, Max Tonela saying it would establish “the conditions to stimulate structural transformation."
[Column] Daniel Monehin: Policy and regulation should bolster innovation to ensure financial inclusion is achieved
Walk through bustling marketplaces in Africa and you will see a substantial amount of money changing hands, as merchants and consumers haggle over the goods and services.
Exim Bank Tanzania has proved its commitment to strengthening financial inclusion in Tanzania by launching a new branch in the Dodoma region of Tanzania.
World Bank and partners sign $155 million package to support access to affordable housing finance in West Africa
The West African Development Bank, the WAEMU Commission, the West African regional mortgage refinance company and the World Bank have signed a $155 million package to support the development of affordable housing finance in West Africa.
Kyei Faried Owura is the brains behind Edwa Global Company, a Ghana based startup revolutionizing food purchase online in the local and international markets while creating jobs for farmers and players across the value chain.
The hotel sector in Sub-Saharan Africa has evolved during the past decade due to high demand growth, entrance of new global brands and increasing supply in major markets.
[South Africa] The Novartis Foundation partners with University of Basel to launch healthy schools for healthy communities
The Novartis Foundation, the University of Basel, together with other partners have launched Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities.
The World Bank has approved a $15 million International Development Association to help Togo address critical economic governance and public financial management challenges.
Eleven years since the establishment of the Land Policy Initiative, a ceremony was held in the presence of African Ministers and experts that launched the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC).
The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation has signed a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation to further leverage resources and expertise to support sustainable economic impact in MCC partner countries in Africa.
Hilton has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio.
On a continent where unemployment is a major concern, tourism – especially tourism between African countries – is providing hope.
[Bob Koigi] Column: Diversification to new frontiers the magic bullet to fixing unemployment in Africa
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75 percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors in its quarterly meeting has approved a $524 million compact with the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to spur economic growth and reduce poverty.
Egypt and the United States have signed new bilateral assistance agreements and amendments worth over $100 million that support the Government of Egypt's economic reforms, Sustainable Development Plan 2030, and private sector led growth and job creation.
United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green has announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative , led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will launch new country programs.
Kenya’s largest flower farm Oserian Development Company Limited through its Fairtrade Joint Body has established a garden of select highly nutritious vegetables as it seeks to supplement staff feeding.
ECREEE, CTCN and PFAN have launched a call for proposals for women-led sustainable energy enterprises in West-Africa, as part of the CTCN/ECOWAS Project on Mainstreaming Gender for a Climate-Resilient Energy System in West Africa.
Farming and rural non farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth employment in Africa, FAO
Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population, FAO has said at a high level forum
A Portland-based company that produces satellite sensors used to monitor wells and latrines in several Sub-Saharan African countries has landed a $750,000 federal grant that will allow it to expand.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) − an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer
World Bank commits $700 million to advance equitable access to basic services for millions of Ethiopians
The World Bank has approved the International Development Association (IDA) additional financing of $700 million in support of Ethiopia’s continued efforts to improve equitable access to basic services and reinforce accountability systems at the decentralized level.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African Union’s economic development programme gathered international investors and CEO-level business leaders at the NASDAQ Stock Market for the launch of its 5% Agenda campaign.
11 African countries to benefit from $280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa programme
The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) has been launched as an innovative and transformative partnership and financing vehicle to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across the continent.
The World Bank has announced a new $60 million project to help address the jobs challenge in Tunisia, with support for government efforts to better target employment programs and create more and better opportunities.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique.
Heifer International is working with the nonprofit Sirolli Institute to help farmers start or grow successful businesses.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over 600 solar powered lanterns to Somalia’s Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
The world’s six largest multilateral developments banks (MDBs) continued to make a strong contribution to the global climate challenge in 2016,
Africa needs modern and sustainable infrastructure if the continent is to transform its economies and attain development aspirations as framed in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063,
COMESA Ministers responsible for industry have adopted the regional Industrialization strategy which defines key interventions at both regional and national levels to speed up industrial development in the region.
With only a third of Egypt’s population connected to a sewer system—and rapid urbanization straining already overburdened infrastructure—Egypt’s fast-growing cities have been searching for solutions.
CNN inside Africa in its latest report has explored the traditions of the Dhow sailboat and the generations of craftsmen who have been building them in the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu.
African leaders and partners in the agriculture sector have validated the Feed Africa Strategy of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a viable tool towards the transformation of agriculture on the continent.
African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved three senior loans for a total amount of $55 million to finance three solar PV Projects under the second Round of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program in Egypt.
Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary Vera Songwe has met with the principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme , and the International Fund for Agricultural Development and agreed to work closely with them in a number of areas.
The AU-ECA-AfDB Land Policy Initiative (LPI) in partnership with the government of Madagascar have been holding a conference to validate the Country Report and Business Plan on Mainstreaming Land Governance
Pastoral communities in northern Kenya’s Isiolo and Marsabit counties suffer from frequent droughts and the effects of climate change.
This week marks the World Water week, an important journey as the world debate, compare notes and develop solutions to some of the most biting water related challenges of our time.
With illegal wildlife trade being one of the most serious threats to biodiversity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Moroccan government’s High Commission for Water, and forests are announcing a partnership to strengthen the protection of wildlife and habitats.
A strong infrastructure base is critical for Africa’s economic transformation, Economic Commission for Africa’s Sylvian Boko has said.
Micro, Small and Medium enterprises have a huge potential to create long lasting social value especially because their business models, products and proximity caters for the everyday needs of the larger part of our population.
The UK government has committed $540 million to help build a more secure and prosperous Tanzania over the next three years.
The United Nations’ Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa reaffirms the importance of industrialization in supporting Africa’s own efforts towards sustained and sustainable economic growth and accelerated development.
SADC can create a prosperous environment for citizens and especially the youth, Economic Commission for Africa
Africa cannot afford to leave its development agenda to the whims of unpredictable factors that are beyond its control, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe has said.
Kyle Moss serves as a government affairs program manager and head of global entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements, and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the US.
[Kenya] Safaricom signs agreement with UN Environment to upscale implementation of sustainable goals
UN Environment has urged the country’s private sector to collaborate with them in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will help curb climate change.
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Take a look at almost any measure of success in the South African business world and you'll see that mining companies always perform well.
A.P. Moller Holding has together with PKA, PensionDanmark and Lægernes Pension launched a new infrastructure fund with a focus on Africa. Ghana stands to benefit significantly from the funding in the medium to long term.
Global rating agency, Standard and Poors has affirmed its AfDB’s 'AAA/A-1+' Ratings with Outlook Stable. This is similar to Fitch’s recent affirmation of the Bank’s Triple 'A' rating with Stable Outlook as well.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook and Short Term IDR at 'F1+'.
By the year 2030, almost two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Urbanization is creating significant opportunities for social and economic development.
The Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the African Development Bank celebrated the completion of the first life cycle of the Nigeria Technical Co-operation Fund in a ceremony in Abuja on 1 August.
As Director of Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) here in Namibia, I am tasked with promoting and highlighting the Importance of our sector.
[Column] Ehiedu Iweriebor: Nigerian Economic Recovery through Industrialization and Diversification by Public and Private Sector Synergy
The current economic crisis and recession in Nigeria has brought to the fore what is already known: that the existent Nigerian national economy is not organized for internal self-propulsion and autonomous economic and business activities.
British-Nigerian Michael O’Brien-Onyeka is Senior Vice President, Africa, of Conservation International, a non-governmental conservation and sustainable development organization.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a four-year Country Strategic Plan in Tanzania. It is fully-aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aims to end poverty, reduce inequality, tackle climate change and ensure sustainable agriculture and food security.
In the face of an increasingly uncertain climate, Farm Africa is piloting the use of microinsurance to help pastoralists in the Ethiopian lowlands protect their main asset: their livestock.
Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has announced the creation of a $10 million African Young Entrepreneurs Fund,
The World Bank has approved a $60 million International Development Association credit for Burkina Faso. Of the estimated 300,000 producers to benefit from the Livestock Sector Development Support Project, 30 percent are women and 20 percent are young people.
NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility proposes regional information hub to stimulate investment in Africa
The NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) has advocated the establishment of a regional information hub to advertise bankable projects in Africa.
Africa’s diversity encompasses more than its landscape, it includes the political, economic, social, technological and environmental outlook, with each country and region having its own set of unique challenges and advantages.
Various land commissions in Africa have committed to advancing policy, legal and regulatory reforms in their respective countries and ensure their effective implementation in order to recognize community land rights.
The Paradise Foundation, a not-for-profit environmental conservation organization in China, has announced its first overseas conservation program in Africa.
The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank have signed a $ 120 million to support the expansion of opportunities for the acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in selected economic sectors.
Frank Balestra is a Canadian who has lived in Africa the better part of the last five years, both in the DRC and Rwanda. This has given him a good understanding of the people, the African culture, the countries and the coltan industry.
In an economy facing a third possible downgrade, mounting living costs and scarce jobs opportunities, it’s reassuring that the direct selling industry is one of the few sectors showing growth over the past 18 months.
Our quest to attain a green economy should be broad-based and inclusive. But we cannot achieve this if the vision of sustainability is not shared by every one of us.
To strengthen resilience of communities from the loss of livestock assets, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has distributed 3600 goats to improve household nutrition and rebuild livelihood of vulnerable communities
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the African Union Commission have agreed to collaborate on an immediate response to manage and control the fast-spreading Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa.
At a landmark forum co-hosted by the China Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Uganda (CECCU) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), CECCU declared that Chinese enterprises operating in Uganda would support wildlife conservation
A project targeting some 30,000 residents of located in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso are seeing the fruits of development initiatives resulting from a $100,000 Community Managed Fund project.
A large-scale hydropower dam planned for Selous Game Reserve World Heritage site puts protected areas of global importance - as well as the livelihoods of over 200,000 people who depend upon the environment
AfDB, Islamic Development Bank sign $ 2 billion deal to fund energy, SMEs, human development programs
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen partnership at country level.
An innovative, mobile phone-driven cash programme has helped prevent nearly 250,000 people from slipping into severe food insecurity in drought-ravaged Kenya.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a US$ 1 million Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to people affected by drought and famine in Kenya.
The African Export-Import Bank has provided a total of $200 million in financing to date to support the Gabonese economy.
Planet Earth Institute launches the PEI exChange, the first online matching platform for African development
The Planet Earth Institute, an international NGO and charity, plans to launch the will launch the PEI exchange during its #ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20th July,
M-learning, online courses and other aspects of e-learning technology have the potential to enhance education provision in Africa in numerous ways.
A new $19 million investment has been launched to support will support greater food security and improve nutrition throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.
In order to improve the support services provided to Tunisian entrepreneurs countrywide, Souk At-tanmia’s partnership has launched a capacity-building program for public and civil actors operating in the field of entrepreneurship in Tunisia.
Britain's exit from the EU has brought into question the benefits of intra-regional trade, with some commentators suggesting that it could sound a warning for Africa's regional integration project.
Economic Commission for Africa develops toolkit to help member states integrate Agendas 2030 and 2063
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is developing a toolkit that will help African countries develop an integrated approach in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs)and Agenda 2063, Africa’s 50-year development plan.
Liberia to transform renewable energy sector with support from African Development Bank and Climate Investment Funds
The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) awarded Liberia a grant in the amount of $ 23.25 million to help transform the country’s renewable energy sector.
In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers in partnership with KAIZEN Institute has hosted the 13th KAM- KAIZEN Event, to equip business leaders with techniques to maintain sustainable continuous improvements in processes.
Africa's rapid growth and urbanization will require stable local governments to deliver goods and services to billions of people.
Dutch fintech FACTS, providing much needed working capital to established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa, is scaling up its activities, more than tripling the number of clients served.
Researchers predict that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will have crossed the 10 million mark.
Earlier this year, Cleantech Invest portfolio company Nocart announced the signing of a $200 million contract to develop a solar hybrid power plant in the Shangombo District of Western Province, Zambia
The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Moungar as Director of Gender, Women and Civil Society with effect from 1st July 2017.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 15 million investment in Shore Capital Fund III, a multinational Private Equity Fund which promotes financial inclusion.
[South Africa] DBSA secures $200m loan from Standard Chartered for key infrastructure projects in Africa
Standard Chartered Bank has signed a $200 million term loan to the Development Bank of Southern Africa, DBSA.
Vodafone Foundation launches project targeting over five million children with online education materials
Vodafone's charitable arm is launching Instant Schools For Africa across six countries to provide free access to quality online educational materials.
Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions to address food insecurity in East African countries.