Owing to the success of the Better Mill Initiative in Ethiopia last year, Solidaridad expanded the scope of the programme in 2017.
[Egypt] The Almas Jiwani Foundation announces new strategic partnership with Lions Legacy International
The Almas Jiwani Foundation has announced a new strategic partnership with Lions Legacy International.
Thousands of small and medium enterprises in Mauritius will benefit from a US $100-million loan to the country from the African Development Bank.
APM Terminals, in conjunction with Naija Pride and with the assistance of international development groups, is working to provide modern cold chain transportation alternatives for farmers in the agricultural centers of northern Nigeria.
CNN International’s African Voices programme has this week featured artist and environmentalist Cyrus Kabiru to learn more about the inspiration behind his work.
Power Africa partners with Africa Trade Insurance to provide access to energy for 50 million in Sub Saharan Africa
Power Africa and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) have partnered to ramp up efforts to provide first-time access to power to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trade Mark East Africa receives $6million from Norway to grow jobs, facilitate trade and reduce poverty in Tanzania
Norway has granted 50 million Norwegian Kroners, $6million, to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) to support its work in enhancing trade across the East African Community to increase prosperity in the region.
The Government of Nigeria, the Swiss Federal Council and the World Bank have signed an agreement on the repatriation and monitoring of $321 million of funds illicitly acquired by the family of former President, General Sani Abacha.
The Citi Foundation and the international nonprofit organization TechnoServe have unveiled three new projects to support young entrepreneurs and workers in Africa through the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative.
Barclays Africa, China Development Bank sign agreement to cooperate on development projects in Africa
Barclays Africa Group Limited and China Development Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation and exploring opportunities to fund development projects in Africa.
In line with the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities to create a more sustainable and resilient society for all, Safaricom has launched M-PESA services for visually impaired customers.
Ford Motor Company of Southern is making a significant contribution towards developing basic computer literacy by launching a community information technology center.
Mazda Southern Africa has launched the Mazda Southern Africa Foundation Non Profit Company.
It is critical for African countries to strategically integrate and link urbanization to their national development priorities, plans and visions if urbanization is to contribute to structural transformation and economic development.
Agencies from Ethiopia, Mauritius and Spain have received the 2017 United Nations Awards for Promoting Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.
Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice President for Compact Operations Robert Blau has marked the closeout of the MCC Cape Verde Compact at a ceremony with Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva and U.S. Ambassador to Cape Verde Donald Heflin.
Uganda government and UNDP launch implementation of a $44.26 million project to restore wetlands and build community resilience
The Government of Uganda and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have kick-started a new project on "building community resilience, wetlands ecosystems and associated catchments in Uganda."
The Government of The Gambia is aiming to boost foreign direct investment (FDI) and develop entrepreneurship to create jobs and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Review (IPR) of The Gambia
EFG Hermes Foundation and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development partner to realize integrated sustainable development in Upper Egypt
EFG Hermes Foundation and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch an integrated sustainable development project in Naga’El-Fawal, Esna, Luxor.
Equity and Equality are two distinctive terms often used interchangeably but have two very different meanings.
The use of green economy principles and approaches in agricultural development can help improve Africa’s livestock production, says Ms. Mmadima Nyathi, Director of Research Statistics and Policy Development in Botswana’s Agricultural Development and Food Security Ministry.
Telecommunication company Vodacom has launched the biggest green building in Lesotho. Covered with solar panels, the building is carbon neutral and powered by renewable energy at its headquarters in Maseru.
Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD launch eFounders initiative with African entrepreneurs as pioneers
Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) brought together 24 Africa-based entrepreneurs to participate in the inaugural eFounders Initiative.
The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab and TATWEER Research has announced the three winning teams of the ENJAZI Competition, the first nation-wide entrepreneurship competition in Libya.
Many African countries have made significant progress towards creating an Internet sector, with broad reforms that focus on increasing broadband availability.
During the meeting of the Consultative Group for Guinea held in Paris on November 16 and 17, 2017, the World Bank Group announced financial support totaling $2.35 billion to help Guinea implement its National Economic and Social Development Plan
South Korea, currently the 11th largest economy in the world, is often regarded as an economic miracle because of its rapid economic and social transformation, which continues to be a case study as to how global economies can achieve sustained and broad-based growth.
Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers.
Africa Day, held on 15 November within COP23 in Bonn, was the springboard for the official launch of Africa NDC Hub, the African Platform for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
More than ever, African youth have to overcome a long and hard journey to enter the labour market. Out of 11 million young people entering the job market in Africa every year, only 3 million end up in formal jobs and all do not have quality jobs.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has led the ceremonial ground-breaking of the first phase of a 2,000-unit affordable housing project financed by Ghana Home Loans at Appolonia City, Accra's new city development.
Young girls in Africa face overwhelming barriers to education caused by socio and economic challenges, widening the gender gap.
Under the USAID funded Feed the Future Programme that is being implemented in Kenya through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into potato to increase productivity .
The Republic of Mauritius has launched a US$191 million project supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Water is becoming an increasingly paradoxical subject; mainly because it is a universal basic need without which there would be no life, and yet, it is fast becoming the foremost depleted and scarce resource in the world.
Africa can be the world’s breadbasket, numerous studies have suggested, painting a picture of a continent poised to emerge as a key supplier of food in a globe where population explosion and food price spikes are taking a toll on farmland produce.
The Boards of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, approved the Africa Thriving and Resilient: The Bank Group’s Second Climate Change Action Plan, 2016-2020 (CCAP2).
[South Africa] Vodacom, Innovator Trust launch programme to transform unemployed youth to entrepreneurs
Vodacom and Innovator Trust are unveiling the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (YEP), aimed at equipping local unemployed youth with the requisite set of skills to become cutting-edge entrepreneurs.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially launched the Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS) center at the Ministry of Commerce.
AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has announced new partnerships with a Senegalese rice miller and a Mozambican livestock company.
Intelsat and Coca-Cola partner to bring satellite-enabled Wi-Fi services to remote communities across Africa
Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and The Coca-Cola Company are working together to bring satellite-enabled Wi-Fi services to remote communities across Africa.
During an official visit to Tanzania, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed a €50 million programme to support rural electrification in the country.
[Column] Vahid Monadjem: Broadening financial inclusion through informal sector innovation in sub-Sahara Africa
In developing markets around the world, it is the informal economies that serve as the quietly humming engines of growth. By way of example, the informal economy accounts for over 70% of total employment in sub-Saharan Africa.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Purdue University in the United States have agreed to work together to make technologies available to millions of farmers in Africa.
To help advance youth economic empowerment, Vodacom has given a facelift to Vodacom Change the World by relaunching the programme as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and youth volunteerism initiative.
The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed an agreement for the allocation of €2.25m for the implementation of a new project in Sudan.
Multinational financial services corporation, Mastercard and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda have partnered to develop financial services and solutions that will improve livelihoods of Ugandans.
Authorities in Somaliland, along with the World Bank, have launched the first round of funding in the Bank’s flagship job creation program, the Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF).
Market and technology company for cloud accounting, people & payroll, and payment systems, Sage, has launched the second round of funding from Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund.
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Seoul, South Korea.
The African Export-Import Bank is implementing initiatives that seek to integrate African businesses into regional and global value chains, Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of the Banks’s Intra-African Trade Initiative, has said.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) South African Low Carbon Transport (LCT) Project has announced the extension of project activities in the Northwest Province.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will advance off-grid energy solutions in sub-Saharan Africa through several new awards announced at the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa Conference in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
A Danish-Ethiopian project is on the way to making better use of the milk from Ethiopia’s 11 million dairy cows and to improve the nutrition of low-income families in the country.
Global payments technology company Visa has launched the newly-incorporated Visa Foundation that will prioritize the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive.
ACDI/VOCA has partnered with USAID under the Feed the Future-funded Kenya Livestock Market Systems (LMS) activity, a Leader with Associates award, to strengthen people’s resilience to climate shocks and reduce poverty, hunger, and chronic undernutrition
[Niger] European Union and LWR launch $1.6 million initiative to increase resilience of 10,000 farmers to climate change
Lutheran World Relief, with funding from the European Union, is launching a three-year initiative in Dosso, Niger to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change .
Cameroon and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed the “Inclusive Development and Entrepreneurship for All (IDEA) – Private Sector Development Support Programme (PADSP) for Cameroon” and its related Trust Fund Agreement.
The African Development Bank, through the African Water Facility and the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Financing Facility, approved the disbursement of 2,098,593 euros for the benefit of the Economic Community of Central African States.
African multinationals join forces within the AfroChampions Club to foster Africa’s growth and development
The AfroChampions Initiative has just taken a new step with the official creation of the AfroChampions Club, a new platform to mobilise African multinationals to accelerate the economic integration of the continent.
The onset of new technological inventions is always underpinned by ambivalence at best, and at worst, fear and alarm.
The World Bank has approved $166 million to transform Malawi’s agricultural productivity through irrigation, lay the foundations for commercialization, and improve management of natural resources in the Shire Valley.
50 Million Women Speak Digital Platform set to create digital value that underpins Africa’s future economic transformation
Online platforms can dramatically change the digital economy and bring enormous benefits in today's digital society.
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 savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
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.